Was revisiting one of my favourite concepts about flexibility training. The #5spiders idea. Part of the reason why stretching is uncomfortable is because our brains interpret physical inputs from our tissue as an indication of a potential threatening situation.
People who have a phobia of spiders may be experiencing awful physical sensation and discomfort just from seeing this picture of a spider. Their sympathetic nervous system goes into fight or flight, preparing to get away or smush the spider- even though there is no threat at all- it's just a picture. This doesn't mean that the symptoms you are experiencing are not very real! Graded exposure is the practice of slowly increasing the level of perceived threat until it no longer feels as threatening. Flexibility Training is really about building up tolerance to the uncomfortable emotional and physical sensation that is stretching. To reduced the perceived threat you have to be strong, physically resilient, confident in your abilities and spend a LOT of time stretching. It is always challenging, it has to be to progress, but with practice you can't help but improve. @airspaceaus @ashleighflanaganphysio and #5spiders - i don't mind spiders but if you threw 5 at me I would panic. I don't have the skills to cope with that. If you go into a stretch that you haven't worked towards, don't have the strength to hold and are not comfortable you can get out safely- it's the same as having someone throw 5 spider on you - yeeeeek 🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷