The Stretch Deck: 50 Stretches
Olivia H. Miller
Chronicle, 2002 (2002)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his is one of a
series that includes sets of illustrated instructional cards on
(kids, adult and prenatal versions),
Strength and Toning
ne side of each card shows a picture of a stretch, such as a
. On the other is a written explanation of how to perform the stretch, its benefits, a Tip for getting more out of it, and the occasional Caution. Also included is a brief introduction to Stretching (and why we need to do it especially as we age) by the author and Physical Therapy Consultant Kathy Carroll. They recommend a brief warm-up before stretching, and gradual and gentle techniques, with rhythmic breathing. They also suggest stretch combinations to work specific parts of the body, such as
Trunk and Lower Back
hile the fifty stretches themselves are fairly standard, I applaud the presentation as a deck of cards, which allows the user to put together various stretch routines to suit their needs at different times.
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