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Reduce stiffness in three key areas: shoulders, back, hips

Sports that require precision and a high degree of coordination also require suppleness. Suppleness allows you to link your body movements together in a smooth continuous trajectory of motion. The opposite of suppleness is stiffness. Stiffness interferes with coordination, suppleness enhances coordination.

Tone is a key component of suppleness because too much tone creates rigidity with the potential for injury and too little tone creates lack of support with the potential for injury. ZENTONICS® exercises teach you how to work with tone and the distribution of tone throughout your body.

Training for appropriate tone is a science based on sensory receptors located throughout your body. Muscle fibers have one kind of sensory receptor which, when stimulated by stretching, causes muscle to contract, i.e. stiffen. So, you can increase tone by stretching muscle. However, if you want to reduce stiffness, you need to learn how to stretch fascia. Your fascia, connective tissue that links your body together in a continuous matrix, has the greatest number and variety of sensory receptors in your body. When you learn how to stimulate these receptors by stretching you can create a relaxation response in your muscles (decreasing stiffness), receive increased proprioceptive feedback (increasing your precision in movement), decrease adrenal response (increasing vagal tone and your sense of calmness), and increase vasodilation of your blood vessels (increasing circulation throughout your body which improves your recovery from strenuous exercise).

ZENTONICS® teaches you how to stretch, the 13 ZenTones™ show you what to stretch to improve suppleness and reduce stiffness in three key areas: shoulders, back, and hips.

Holly Sweeney-Hillman performing tai chi

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