What stretching actually does to your body ft. Sofie Dossi

What stretching actually does to your body ft. Sofie Dossi


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  1. Hi! Actually, the question is largely wrong. Stretching is mental, not physical. If someone is unconscious, they can do the splits without any problem. That is why picking up an unconscious person is so difficult. The mind protects the body from unsafe positions by making us stiff. Stretching trains the mind that these positions are safe. Strangely, one of the best and safest ways to stretch is not by relaxing but by flexing the muscle that you want to stretch. Flexing the muscle tells the brain, "I'm okay. I've got this under control". A good test for this is the quadriceps. So, stretching doesn't do much to the body, it does a lot to the mind.

  2. 1:22 Hey Physics Girl, quick correction: hyperflexible and hypermobile are not interchangeable terms. It's not " hyperflexible (or hypermobile)". They're two components that together make you more bendy. The flexibility is in the ligaments/tendons. The mobility is in the joints.

    Sofie is what's often referred to as "healthy hypermobile". I was like that when I was around her age – it made things like yoga and gymnastics super easy – but now I'm starting to devolve into an unhealthy state (I have hEDS, aka "my body produces defective collagen"), where my joints slip out of alignment while I'm walking down the street, picking a cup of coffee up off the table, or even just shifting slightly in my seat. So for those in the comments wishing they could do what Sofie does: be careful what you wish for.

  3. Thank you for this video. And for all of them, but when I saw this one for the second time, it helped me understand a lot of things. Again, thank you!

  4. That's the exorcist inside out a literal human female twisting turning bending in half the human being body of evolution is not suposed or meant to be bent that way the anatomy it takes to withstand that kind of exorsice is enormous unheard of never never seen somone contork their body that way their backs and whole body backwards like a suitcase being folded backwards say like when ur heading somewhere trying to get somewhere that's epic

  5. They don’t mention any actual benefit to stretching and lots of people have been seriously and permanently injured doing yoga including myself. Read the Science of Yoga the risks and rewards by William J Broad.

  6. What I know about flexibility I can do:
    1. Splits
    2.Bend
    3.chair back bend
    Ang others……it's true if you trust on me like

  7. I am on my brothers channel because I don’t have my channel and I can put my legs in front of my head and I can do a backbend and the splits

  8. Best way to make a muscle more flexible, is to cut it up into thee pieces and insert rubber in the gaps!! 🙂 Just kidding of course. Charmingly presented and very informative video. One thing I learned along with way in my Yoga studies, is that when you stretch muscles, gently, they send a signal to the nervous system (via the proprioceptors) that all is OK, helps the mind relax more, that kind of thing. After all, don't you feel your muscles tensing when you're stressed? Well, Yoga does the opposite! Hey, Jesus did Yoga! (just kidding, again…!)

  9. She dose have a spine because when she dose a back bend you see a pocket thing it is her spine she is just soooooooooooooooo skine

  10. Your video is much better when you just talk. Please don’t splice in short segments where you pull a face or make a smart remark. I know it’s the current fashion, but it’s irritating.

  11. I did the splits once . . . landed wrong after a parachute jump! The only thing that I can stretch with ease is the truth! lol

  12. So if you’re adding more sarcomeres, the contractile units, would that mean that the muscle could produce more contractile force?

  13. Ok so that girl is super flexible ….not sure why we should be amazed by her, she literally said she was like that as a kid. It's not like she worked hard for it…all she had to do was maintain it from there. Not exactly an underdog story.

  14. This video and, this 7 piece yoga set is really motivating me to start yoga. Like if you want an update and, to motivate me more!☺️
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  15. No, no no! Hypermobility and hyperflexibility are two VERY DIFFERENT THINGS.

    I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, which means I am hypermobile. I have defective collagen. Hypermobility is genetic, you're born with it. It can also be debilitating. I for example dislocate my joints hundreds of times a day, I have to wear metal splints on my fingers to stop my fingers from dislocating every time I pick up a pencil. The hypermobility doesn't just affect joints either, it's skin, hair…. Even organs. My hypermobility has paralysed my stomach, so I can never eat solid food again. It's also caused brain fluid to leak from my nose, it also makes me pass out when I stand up sometimes.

    As you can tell, there's a massive distinction between hypermobility and flexibility already.

    Flexibility is from stretching, this is what contortionists do. They condition their joints to get used to this. I used to be a contortionist until I had to stop. Flexibility is not debilitating, you can go about your life normally when you're not purposely stretching. Flexibility is the result of training, you aren't born with it.

  16. Thank you Michael, Sofie and you!! Doing Yoga right now, and it's interesting. Meditation trains and alter the brain, stretching the body and muscles and such. Feeling even more motivated now. :p

  17. I swear a stretch for a year and I gain 2 cm 😂😂 I stretch mostly my leg and spine back and I get more flexible

  18. 05:00 can you share a paper that shows that stretching can make the muscle longer by adding sarcomers? I often hear that claim but I haven't seen any evidence supporting it.

    Thank you!

  19. Thank you so much for making an informative, evidence-based stretching video! I've seen so much misinformation bandied about vis-a-vis stretching in my life. First that static stretching was essential before any type of exercise to prevent injury and soreness. and then the pendulum swung so far the other way when some studies threw cold water on the idea of static stretching before an athletic performance. Now you hear so many bro-scientists interpret that as "you should never do static stretching." Like bruh. What about mobility?

  20. (Sorry for my English) So if you start stretching your legs, then will the collagen type change in your arms, spine etc? Will all of the body become more flexible if only one part of it is being trained? Or it happens only in the body part you train?

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