Stretching for Balance and Energy Flow

by Paul Chek |  Date Released : 19 Apr 2005

  • Introduction – Paul’s background
  • We came from the wild
  • Mother Nature designed us to function effectively without getting stiff and tight muscles
  • If we have tight muscles in the body - Must ask WHY?
  • Trauma of exercise or trauma of external impact
  • Problem thinking - Stretch because you’re tight.
  • Know the source. Tightness = protecting something else
  • Whole body stretching = loosening every spoke of a wheel
  • Understanding length tension relationships to know what to stretch
  • Stretch before exercise – relax heightened tone in muscles
  • Muscles are stupid – only do what the nervous system tells them to do
  • What happens when we exercise with an imbalance in the system?
  • Role of assessment
  • The meaning of education
  • Not living it – don’t teach it
  • Animals stretch naturally to balance the system
  • Muscles are like guitar strings – a good player lengthens and tightens only those that need it in order to create balance and harmonious flow of energy
  • Moving, breathing, exercising – feeds energy into the system – plays music of our bodies! 

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Paul Chek

About the author: Paul Chek

Internationally acclaimed speaker, consultant and Holistic Health Practitioner Paul Chek, draws upon over twenty-eight years of experience in corrective exercise, high performance conditioning and integrative lifestyle management. Author of six books, over 60 DVDs and numerous correspondence courses and seminars, he has also developed four advanced training programs for professional development in the health and fitness industry. Paul is the founder of the C.H.E.K Institute, based in San Diego, CA which specializes in Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology ( He is also the creator of the P~P~S Success Mastery Program (

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