1. How do I enroll and pay for Stretchability classes?
Please email us to enroll in the Beginners course. To register, the following details are required: your full name, email and phone contact details, any pre-existing medical conditions and recent injuries, details of the class you wish to enrol in and payment by bank transfer. Bank account details will be provided when you email us. When making a bank transfer please include your surname and class in the reference field or send an email stating when the transfer has been made. Alternatively you can bring cash payment to your first class. Please discuss any pre-existing medical conditions before enrollment.
2. How much do the classes cost?
Beginners: $150 per person.
Overcome Neck & back Pain: $100 per person.
Intermediate & Advanced Classes: $180 (1 class/week); $342 (2 classes/week).
You may attend one “Come & Try Class” for $15 (deducted from your term fee when you enroll).
Casual class (available to Intermediate & Advanced students only): $20 per class.
A 10% discount is offered on presentation of all valid concession cards.
Only one discount valid at any one time.
3. Where are the classes held?
Hughes Community Centre Hall, Hughes Pl, Hughes. Additional car parking is available behind the shops in Whittle Street.
Balcony Room, Tuggeranong Community Centre, 245 Cowlishaw St, Greenway. Tuggeranong Town Centre provides many car parks nearby.
4. Can I enroll part way through the term?
Enrollments into the Beginners Course are accepted in weeks one, two or three.
Enrollments into Overcome Neck & Back Pain are accepted in weeks one or two.
Partial term enrollments are available for all Intermediate and Advanced classes. Please email us for more details.
5. What should I wear to class?
Please wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement, many people wear track suit pants. Loose shorts can be revealing, wear leggings underneath. In winter layer clothing to maximise comfort and heat retention. We strongly encourage taking shoes and socks off and exercising in bare feet.
6. What should I bring to class?
Please bring your own stretching mat and a firm cushion. A number of spare mats and cushions are available for general use if you forget yours or if you wish to try out some samples before purchasing your own.
7. Can I do a make up class?
The Beginners Course is ten sequenced lessons with some repetition built in to consolidate skills learnt. Attending all ten classes is encouraged but not essential. You have the option of doing a make-up class in an intermediate class after week five. Intermediate & Advanced participants may do a make up class in any Beginners, Intermediate or Advanced class. All make up classes must occur during the same term as the missed class.
8. I have done Yoga/Pilates etc, can I skip Beginners and enroll in an Intermediate class?
The Beginners course is ten sequenced lessons where we work our way around the body looking at important stretches and a few strength exercises for postural health. The level of body awareness, health and athletic ability of the people who enroll in Beginners is very unpredictable and we have 4 or 5 version of most exercises. It is very easy for us to adjust the exercises to suit the participants needs. We don't normally accept people straight into Intermediate without attending the Beginners course. In Beginners, we teach quite a few concepts, techniques and principles unique to Stretch Therapy which significantly improve your ability to stretch (contract relax, reciprocal inhibition and several reflexes). These are all taught in the first five weeks of the Beginners Course and it is assumed everyone in the Intermediate class understands these concepts. We strongly recommend attending at least the first five weeks of Beginners and if you do not find it challenging you would be welcome to transition to the Intermediate Class at this stage.
If attending the Beginners course is not practical for any reason, there are two other options:
1) We could organise one or two private classes to get you up to speed quickly so you could start in Intermediate straight away.
2) The Tuesday Intermediate class is relatively small and is sometimes able to take people (with significant experience of related body work) without previous Stretch Therapy experience. You would need to discuss this directly with the teacher as it depends on who else is enrolled in the class at the time.
9. Do I need to work with a partner? Why is it beneficial?
A small portion of the exercises taught do require a partner to assist. (These start in week 4 and consist of approximately 10% of the Beginners Course spread out over the remaining 6 weeks.) We explicitly teach how to be a gentle & helpful partner and ensure you are in control at all times.
Stretching with a partner is very beneficial. They can provide you with feedback about your form, assist you stretch hard to get at muscles and help you get a more effective stretch for large muscles. Some people like to enroll with a friend they are comfortable working with in class. A stretch partner who also learns the exercises can also help you with your favourite stretches at home, sports club or in the workplace. This is a great way to expand on the benefits of a Stretch Therapy class but it is not necessary as most enrollments are made by individuals. If you prefer not to do partner stretches please let us know and we will find alternative exercises for you.
10. Where can I find more information about Stretch Therapy, Kit Laughlin, his workshops, books, dvds, etc?