ICYMI, stretching studios are popping up all over the country, and seeing as Seattle has always been a city at the forefront of trends, it should come as no surprise that we’re also getting in on the action.
There’s nationwide chain MOTION Stretch Studio in SLU and major stretching franchise StretchLab that recently announced plans to open a location in Seattle as part of a 31-store expansion. But as every Seattleite knows, our favorite spots are the local ones. Enter: Stretch 22, the Emerald City’s homegrown contribution to the next phase in fitness — recovery.
First things first, let’s answer the question we’ve all been wondering but were too afraid to ask (Don’t worry, no judgment here!): what exactly is a stretching studio? Well, it’s the newest self-care concept focused on giving your muscles a little extra TLC to help you combat muscle stiffness, injuries, and stress through assisted stretching with a trained stretching professional.
But it's not just for top athletes and the ultra-active — it can also be especially great for those of us who spend long hours hunched over at a desk (guilty). Beyond increased flexibility and decreased recovery times and soreness, stretching studios tout benefits including better posture, less mental stress, and more energy, so naturally, fitness-minded folks are all for it.
And that’s where local studio Stretch 22 comes in.
If you’re looking to add some recovery-focused movement into your fitness routine, Seatown’s very own Stretch 22 has you covered. The facility started when University of Washington Hall of Famer and Olympic sprinter Ja’Warren Hooker and chiropractor and doctor of sports medicine Dr. Kris Sasaki both realized the importance of stretching when it comes to overall wellness.
So, they put their specialties to work, opening a studio that focuses solely on—you guessed it—stretching. At Stretch 22, “Stretchologists” are trained in a technique called proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), a method that utilizes a high-tech piece of machinery they call the VibraCussor (don't knock it till you try it) to stretch, contract, and elongate your muscles. It’s all part of an effort to get you the best feeling stretch possible by massaging the muscle with “focal vibration” to release tension. Trust us, once you leave you’ll feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and a little lighter on your feet.
All this rest and relaxation doesn’t come without a cost, however. And at Stretch 22, you’ll pay close to $40 for a single 25-minute stretch sesh targeting your upper or lower body, while a 50-minute, full-body stretch is $77. But those interested in letting the Stretchologists work their magic on a regular basis can also check out one of their memberships.
Whether or not stretching is something you already incorporate into your fitness regimen, or you just want to treat yourself to a little self-care, you can check out Stretch 22 in Downtown Seattle and Madison Ridge. Who knows, it might just be what you need to help take your fitness game to the next level.