How is Flextasy™ different from yoga?

I stretch already so why do I need Flextasy™?

What’s so special about the Flextasy™ Flexibility exercise routine?

 

Flextasy™ combines many unique types of movements, based on some rather uncommon ideas and concepts, which over time I have discovered are absolutely crucial in the quest for flexibility.

a. First and foremost, the Flextasy™ movements are circular and flowing rather than static and linear. This alone sets it apart from conventional stretching and traditional yoga methods. It is dynamic in nature yet performed with no force or strain. Simply stretching, as practiced by most, is ineffective and incomplete; and too many yoga modalities are militaristic.

Remember, you cannot force flexibility into the body. You must soften and relax flexibility into the body.

If force and torment worked, then the medieval torture rack could be used to stretch the body into looseness. You do not want to go that way. The attitude that the body is something to fight with must be dropped. If you fight with yourself, you will always lose. Working on your flexibility needs to be a way to undo all of the armoring and aggression heaped upon the body over the years in the name of exercise, dieting, fashion, stretching, and "no-pain, no-gain" approaches toward flexibility. We need to let go of the violent ways we relate to the body and learn to dissolve the pain we have accumulated. You need to make friends with your body. Through the practice of Flextasy™, this goal is achieved.

b. Flextasy™ uses the movement of the skeleton to massage, flush out, and fluff up all of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and most importantly the cartilage in and around the joints. Working with the body this way is so much more effective than trying to stretch tissue which is dense and dehydrated like beef jerky. You can not stretch that stuff! It is this which cements the skeleton together and it is this which must be addressed by gentle, exploratory movements: Flextasy™.

Unlike most yoga, which is linear in it’s execution, Flextasy™ is more like a dance, containing circular, fluid movements. Yoga primarily stretches ligaments and tendons to achieve the extreme contortions which make up the majority of the poses, while the movements of Flextasy™ flush out and fluff up the gristly soft tissue (especially the cartilage) in around the joints.

From my many years of experience working with yoga students and yoga teachers, I have learned that even though one can stretch tendons and ligaments enough to perform outrageous contortions such as crossing their ankles behind their head or doing back-bend walkovers, what is invariably missing is the ability of the skeleton to perform the smooth, fluid, circular ranges of motion which comprise Flextasy™. These crucial movements are the missing link to static, linear flexibility work. Unlike most all traditional yoga poses, which are abstract contortions, Flextasy™ produces functional flexibility.

c. Flextasy™ delivers functional flexibility, which is free and easy range of motion through all the joints and hinges of the body. Again, simply being able to contort the body is not the deepest (or most functional) level of flexibility. Having a sense of your skeleton floating freely inside, is.

d. One chart I’ve seen shows 908 yoga poses. You could practice for years and never make it through that kind of routine. Flextasy™ is made up of just over 50 movements, variations on a few basic, easily grasped themes. There are infinite numbers of possible ways to move the body but if you can master the few movements which comprise Flextasy™ you will be in a small percentage of our society who can easily perform this routine and I promise you that you will be very pleased with the level of flexibility you have achieved.

e. Most yoga classes operate in a series format, meaning that for a week it’s forward bending, for another week it’s hip openers, the next week it’s backbends,etc... until in a month or two the whole body has been addressed. This piecemeal approach of working on flexibility is confusing to the body. There is a feeling that something is missing when many of the joints and hinges of the skeleton are ignored from one day, or one week, to the next.  Imagine what it would feel like getting a piecemeal massage in this manner compared to the experience of having a massage where the entire body is addressed.

The Flextasy™ routine is "bite-size", yet it is comprehensive, in that all the basic skeletal parts are addressed. You will learn the routine in a one hour class DVD which can then actually be performed in half an hour by following the 2nd DVD.

As there are literally infinite variations of ways you can work with the body, Flextasy™ doesn’t claim to be the "be all-end all" of movement. What it is, though, is a systematic, logical, commonsense methodology which will work for you if you work with it. This flexibility routine will change your life if you let it. With patience and persistence you can transform your body and you can manifest a new you. Not by struggling and straining...I’m sure you have enough of that in your life already.