Believe it or not, „stretching“ is one of the first things in the morning right after getting up. It is actually an instinctive thing we are all doing and it also has some biological significance, even animals do it after a good sleep.
And this process is called Pandiculation.
It not only wakes up our sleepy muscles, but it also makes you feel good.
Muscles often feel stiff and tight from the lack of movement during the night.
And the stiff feeling you have in the morning is also the solidifying of your tissue (of your fascia which also creates the interface of our muscles).
Gil Hedley calls it, in his legendary speech, the „fuzz“.
With accumulated „fuzz” – fascia doesn’t glide anymore and doesn’t give us a feeling of flexibility and movement.
It starts adding up as a kind of glue, slowly hardening when not being moved.
By moving and pandiculating you not only melt the „fuzz“ away, you also hydrate the connective tissue, making the interfaces gliding again onto each other.
Pandiculation is rebooting your body, improving your circulation, relieving your stress, and tension.
The process of Pandiculation is divided into 3 parts:
- A voluntary contraction of the muscles
- A slow and controlled release of the muscles
- And finally, a complete relaxation of the muscles
We are actively contracting a muscle, slowly lengthening it and then completely relax it.
Simply stretching the other hand, pulling our muscles passively to a length you would like, can cause injury. In Pandiculation you are not only actively contracting a muscle first, you lengthening it with your brain and nervous system involved.
Pandiculation is a brain-stem act pattern that resets the connection between the Central Nervous System and the Muscular System.
It addresses full-body patterns, sensory and motory, and it is inviting a new learning process of a new sensory info so that your brain can integrate the just experienced sensation.
And it also helps you to connect safely and pleasantly with your present physical experience and allows more permanent change in your muscular length.
Other benefits are:
- Increases muscle flexibility
- Relieving stress and muscle tension
- Improving circulation and muscle tones
- Hydrating fascia/ connective tissue
- Slowing down the heart rate
- Offers us a safe and pleasant body experience
- Decreases stress
- Activates Parasympathetic Nervous System
- Introducing a new learning experience by involving our brain and Nervous system and allowing more permanent change in muscle length
- Helps us with being present in the body
- Addresses the whole body
- Reduces spasm
That’s why pandiculation, active stretching, feels so good and is so beneficial.
If you want to give it a try, here is an easy stretchy morning routine adding Pandiculation to it:
More about the video and its benefits, check out the following article: https://theinsightbody.wordpress.com/2020/06/07/the-sweet-pleasure-of-pandiculation-and-how-to-turn-your-waking-up-process-into-a-safe-gentle-and-effective-morning-rountine/
Enjoy a good pandiculation and have a lovely day.
Rabea from theinsightbody