There are several ways to re-educate a muscle’s stretch reflex. The first is simply to wait it out. Hatha yoga relies on this traditional method of stretching by encouraging the student to go as far into a stretch as one can safely hold that position. If that pose occurs in concert with concentrated breathing, supported by good strength, the nerve’s stretch reflex will exhaust itself. Once this happens, the student ekes out a little more movement until the stretch reflex kicks back in; he waits for relief then repeats the series.
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