Mon. Jan 25, 2016
Yep…I never heard of this either! Yet, it is something we all do everyday at least once…usually when we are waking up.
Pandiculation is the involuntary stretching of the soft tissues which most animals engage in most often after rising or when waking. Yawning is considered a type of pandiculation and sometimes occurs simultaneously with the pandiculation of other body parts. So, that really feel good stretch most of us do as soon as we open our eyes is a very beneficial form of stretching.
When we passively stretch we first lengthen the chosen area. A signal is sent to the spinal cord…the spinal cord will send a message to the lengthen muscle and the opposing muscle to contract. All the communication is between the muscle and the spinal cord.
When we pandiculate the first muscle action taken is a contraction…a message will be sent to the brain that there is tension in the muscle. We will be able to feel this tension and control the tension and the stretch thru the tension. We will slowly bring down the intensity on our own. Pandiculation is an active stretch and is a feel good stretch. Think waking up and doing the big yawning stretch…you feel relaxed once that stretch is complete. This is pandiculation.
In pandiculation the communication is between the muscles and the brain…this is the biggie! Anytime there is communication with the brain…information is being gathered, learning is happening.
I am just touching on this topic as I do not know enough to elaborate. I did share an article about it yesterday…that article is on this website, linkenden, and my Facebook page. So, take the time to read it as it goes over more differences between the two styles of stretches. It is worth taking a look at!
Also, my awesome FT colleagues are working on this topic incorporating into some of our basic exercises. Can’t wait for that! Of course, I will be sharing/teaching as I learn.
Starting today, I will take “pandiculating” breaks thru out the day. Remember, think stretching and yawning on purpose!
Get out there and have a great day!