Why Struggle with Random Stretches and the Treadmill of Re-Aggravation?
Upgrade Your Self-Care With A Personalized
Relieve aches and pains and achieve flexibility you've never imagined possible… even if you've NEVER had success stretching before!
If you've ever felt like your muscles won't loosen up no matter what you try, you're not alone.
We've all gritted our teeth and held stretches for 30 seconds or longer hoping to force flexibility that doesn't seem to appear.
Isn't that how we're supposed to stretch, you ask?
Well... that's what we've been taught. We've been taught that if we want to improve our flexibility we have to suffer through a painful process of essentially trying to force our muscles into submission.
We diligently find the most uncomfortable stretches we can, we tell ourselves that this time we're really going to tackle this flexibility problem, and we go after it with a mindset of no pain, no gain.
We put our hamstrings, for example, on a strong stretch and lean into it.
We hold it for 30 seconds or 40 seconds or longer and as the muscle is quivering and as our whole body is shaking we're wondering:
Is it happening? Am I becoming more flexible?
It feels like something might be happening. For goodness sake, something should be happening for all the discomfort you're going through.
But to be honest, you're not really sure, and afterwards it's not at all clear that you feel any different. In fact, you may have tweaked something.
Or worse, you may have caused enough strain that you have to take a break from your regular activites.
You committed to stretching more frequently, you tried your best, but you just ended up injuring yourself.
So what's going on here? There must be an explanation.
In fact, there is an explanation...
The Protective Stretch What?
If the above sounds at all familiar, chances are good that your stretching attempts have been triggering a physiological phenomenon called...
The Protective Stretch Reflex
As the name indicates, this reflex is designed to protect our muscles from injury.
When triggered, this reflex causes the involved muscle to brace so that it is protected from being forcefully pulled beyond its normal range of motion.
That's what we experience when we put a muscle on a strong stretch and hold it in a static (unmoving) position for 30 seconds or longer.
Not only that, but the more we force the stretch -- as we often do with a mindset of No Pain, No Gain -- the stronger this reflex becomes.
Protective Stretch Reflex + No Pain, No Gain =
I'm Worse Than I Was Before
But what's the alternative?
How do we get off the treadmill of re-aggravation and stop triggering the protective stretch reflex?
By creating YOUR personalized Stretching Blueprint...
The Stretching Blueprint for Pain Relief and Better Flexibility is a self-paced online course that teaches you how to use the body's natural processes to the greatest advantage.
Using the powerful but easy-to-do method of Active Isolated Stretching -- specifically designed NOT to trigger the protective stretch reflex -- combined with the approach of Progressive Ease -- an innovative and extremely effective substitute for a mindset of no pain, no gain -- you can finally get off of the treadmill of re-aggravation to relieve aches and pains and achieve flexibility you've never imagined possible.
Developed by Neuromuscular Therapist, Stephen O'Dwyer, this course guides you through a process to diagnose your body's flexibility from head to toe in order to create a highly individualized stretching plan: Your Stretching Blueprint.
When You Enroll You Get Instant Access To The Entire Course
When you enroll you immediately gain access to the complete unabridged course. Here's some of what this course offers...
The Innovative Flexibility Diagnostic
This scoring system comprehensively reveals and scores hidden areas of inflexibility, which so often are the anchors of aches and pains in the body. By scoring these areas they can be prioritized.
The Power of Progressive Ease
Progressive Ease is both a method and shift in mindset created to overcome the mindset of no pain, no gain and to compliment the method of Active Isolated Stretching.
Getting Off the Treadmill of Re-Aggravation Forever
By learning how to stretch without provoking the protective stretch reflex you can quickly increase flexibility, relieve tension, and lift aches and pains without the risk of strain.
A Wide Array of Stretching Options for Every Ability
The course provides a comprehensive range of stretching options for every ability and flexibility level. The stretches can be used individually or to build a personalized stretching plan.
Here’s what people said about Stephen's previous course...
Healing the Hidden Root of Pain
Self-Treatment for Iliopsoas Syndrome
Beverly McDowell Centerville, IN
Farmer and Business Owner
We have benefited immensely from your 2-part DVD program, Healing the Hidden Root of Pain. As a farmer and business owner and approaching 70, I am amazed how these exercises have me functioning again as though I was in my 50's.
Pain Cycle Broken...
I made all the usual rounds to specialists and practitioners and tried everything to remedy my pain. By sheer luck I landed on Stephen O'Dwyer's website and ordered his 2-Disc DVD set, Healing the Hidden Root of Pain. Now the pain cycle is broken! Stephen's careful and deliberate system of stretches have been perfect for me. Easy to learn + easy to do = sustainable results.
I've had hip, neck, shoulder pain for so long. This past year I've gone to massage therapists, acupuncturists, etc. The DVD set is absolutely fantastic and has helped me more than everything else I've tried. Very simple stretches. Really Great! All to do with the psoas. I've tried other exercises and stretches for the psoas, but his really work!
AN ONLINE COURSE THAT CAN BE USED IN TWO WAYS...
If you are short on time...
...or are anxious to gain immediate relief for a particular problem, you can just drop into the module that addresses your particular need and start feeling the benefits. The basics of Active Isolated Stretching are easy to apply to any muscle, at any time.
If you can invest a bit more time...
...the greatest benefits can be achieved by working through the course from beginning to end to complete the Flexibility Diagnostic and create Your Stretching Blueprint. This is the surest way to achieve the most lasting and most profound results.
The Most Innovative and Beneficial Course Of Its Kind
The Stretching Blueprint course guides you step by step through 7 modules.
Module 1: Getting Started - Your Blueprint Foundation
Here you will learn everything you need to know to transform how you stretch so that you can upgrade your self-care. We build Your Blueprint Foundation with the principles of Active Isolated Stretching and the method of Progressive Ease. We also introduce the Flexibility Diagnostic, an innovative scoring system. Everything is tailored to your specific needs. If you did nothing but absorb the principles of Active Isolated Stretching as taught in this module, your self-care would be dramatically transformed.
Module 2: Stretching Foundation for the Legs
In this module, we begin the process of learning stretches, applying the principles of Active Isolated Stretching, testing flexibility and gathering data to be added to Your Flexibility Diagnostic. In this group of lessons, you will not only learn a variety of stretches for the hamstrings, quadriceps, outer and inner thighs, and the calves, but you will begin to see how improving flexibility in the lower body can relieve lower back pain and other pain in the body. If you did nothing but apply the abundant range of stretching options in this module, the flexibility of your legs would be forever improved.
Module 3: Stretching Foundation for the Hips and Low Back
In this module we learn the stretches for, and test the flexibility of, the gluteal muscles, the deep hip rotator muscles, the hip flexors, the abdominal muscles, and the muscles of the lower back. Flexibility data is added to Your Flexibility Diagnostic in preparation for building Your Stretching Blueprint. If you did nothing but the stretches in this module, you could relieve hip and low back tightness as never before.
Module 4: Stretching Foundation for the Torso, Chest, Shoulders, Arms and Hands
In the next vital part of the course we turn our attention to stretches for the latissimus muscle, the pectoral muscles, the deltoids, the rhomboids, the shoulder capsule, the forearm flexors and extensors, and the hands. This crucial module not only unravels tightness in the upper body but prepares you for stretching the neck without strain. If you did nothing but this module, you would promote significant relief and improved range of motion for the upper body.
Module 5: Stretching Foundation for the Neck
In the final foundation module before building Your Stretching Blueprint in Module 6, we explore a full range of stretches for the neck including the posterior, lateral and anterior muscles. This includes detailed stretching for the posterior suboccipitals, the upper trapezius and splenius muscles, the scalenes, the sternocleidomastoid, and the platysma muscle. If you did nothing but this module, you could relieve neck stiffness and potentially relieve muscle-induced headache patterns.
Module 6: Creating Your Stretching Blueprint
Here we take all the information gathered from Your Flexibility Diagnostic and we begin building Your Stretching Blueprint -- your personalized stretching routine. By clearly identifying the tightest muscles and regions in your body, especially hidden areas of tightness, we're able to create a very specific blueprint for your particular needs. Your Stretching Blueprint is the most targeted and efficient series of stretches possible. But the benefits don't end there. After a few weeks it is recommended that you re-test your body to see the changes in your flexibility. Then your blueprint can be updated and revised to reflect that progress.
Module 7: BONUS CONTENT
The bonus lessons in this module are stretching routines offered to supplement Your Stretching Blueprint. They are intended to provide variety to your weekly stretching. There's a morning routine designed to gently wake up the body and shake off morning stiffness. There's a midday routine to relieve midday stiffness which can be done right at your desk, seated in a chair. And there's an evening routine for unwinding accumulated stress and tightness at the end of a busy day.
About the Instructor,
Stephen O'Dwyer, CNMT
Stephen O’Dwyer, Neuromuscular Therapist, has been helping individuals find significant and often permanent relief for chronic and recurring musculoskeletal pain since 1990.
After practicing in San Francisco for ten years, he returned to his college hometown, Burlington, Vermont to found Neuromuscular Therapy of Vermont, where he's practiced since 2000. In 2015, he opened a second office in Norwich, Vermont.
Stephen trained in a variety of therapy methods including Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Bodywork, Somatic Movement Education, Craniosacral Therapy and Active Isolated Stretching. He has spent many years developing an integrated methodology for pain relief.
He has served as an assistant instructor for the St. John Neuromuscular Therapy Seminars and as associate faculty at the Touchstone Healing Arts School of Massage in Burlington, Vermont. In addition, Stephen has taught advanced technique classes for massage therapists and other health practitioners interested in increasing their clinical skill in treating chronic pain.
He has been invited to speak about his work to the first-year medical students at the University of Vermont Medical School as part of their Complementary and Alternative Medicine curriculum, and currently teaches a six-week course through The OSHER Institute at Dartmouth called Mindfulness Meditation: Establishing or Deepening a Daily Practice (spring and fall terms).
In 2020, due to the outbreak of COVID pandemic which resulted in the closure of his in-person private practice, Stephen created Relieving That Pain Online Courses, a learning platform dedicated to individuals suffering from chronic pain.
How Much Time And Money Have Your Spent Already?
How many hours have you spent trying chase down relief for aches and pains and various problems? If you've had to pay out-of-pocket for treatment not covered by insurance you know it can add up. At a minimum...
6 sessions of physical therapy: $450
6 sessions of acupuncture: $450
6 sessions of massage therapy: $450
Before you know it you've spent nearly $1500 or more...
For many, the costs can rise even higher if solutions are not found. And too often solutions are not found soon enough!
stretching blueprint for pain relief and better flexibility
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If you are not 100% satisfied with the value and benefits of the Stretching Blueprint for Pain Relief and Better Flexibility we will be happy to refund your purchase within 30 days, no questions asked.
What have you got to lose but aches and pains and inflexibility!
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to complete the Stretching Blueprint course?
This is very individual from person to person. Some will complete it over the course of a couple of days, while others will prefer to take their time. There a total of 48 lessons with 36 of the lessons being stretching exercises to be learned. For many it will feel most beneficial to spread the course over 3-5 days.
Is Active Isolated Stretching difficult to learn?
Absolutely not! One of many reasons this method is so effective is because it's not only easy learn but it's enjoyable to do. Gone is the grind of holding stretches for an extended period of time. Also, your flexibility improves before your eyes in real time.
What about yoga? How does yoga fit it?
Yoga is a powerful and highly recommended practice that can offer many, many profound benefits. But for some, yoga can be too strenuous in the early stages of trying to improve flexibility. Too often individuals are caught comparing themselves to others in a yoga class that is too advanced. This can result in strain and discouragement. For many it will be best to improve baseline flexibility first and then progress to yoga practice.
What if I have zero discipline? Can I still gain any benefit from the course?
Because so many of us struggle with staying on track with a regular routine of exercise or stretching, this course was specifically designed to respond to that reality. The course guides you step by step through the creation of a highly personalized stretching plan that's laid out clearly and is super-easy to follow. No more having to come up with what you're supposed to do by yourself! Just follow the guidance of the course and you'll find that it's easier than you think to stay with a regular routine!
Is poor flexibility the primary cause of body aches and pains?
For many, poor flexibility is a significant contributing factor causing persistent aches and pains. For some, it is the primary cause. For virtually everyone improving flexibility will not only lift numerous aches and pains but will boost energy, calm the nervous system and increase the quality of life.
What sets the Stretching Blueprint apart from other things I may have tried?
The framework and substance of this course is based on 30 years of clinical research with thousands of clients who gained significant and often permanent relief for a wide range of pain and problems. While some problems also require the correction of postural distortion patterns (Resolving the Pain and Problems of Postural Distortion is scheduled for release in early 2021), a very high percentage of individuals can resolve much unexplained pain and mysterious symptoms using the Stretching Blueprint.
stretching blueprint for pain relief and better flexibility
A Self-Paced Online Course
100% Unconditional 30-Day
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Being an eternal optimist I've resolved to view the COVID shutdown of my private practice as an opportunity to reach a much wider audience with this new learning platform. I sincerely hope you will be among those I'm now able to reach, and most importantly that you benefit from the work I've devoted my life to.