From what I see people doing at the gym, I’m not sure that everyone is properly informed on how to stretch properly.
Here are some tips:
Do not stretch unless your muscles are warmed up. If you’re not going to warm up before your workout, then just stretch afterwards.
Make sure your stretches are pain free- you should feel a gentle stretch, but if pain or discomfort is present, either you’re doing it wrong, or there’s another issue. Be sure to talk to your RMT if you experience pain with stretching.
Once you have reached a gentle stretch, hold it for 30 seconds, at least. This allows the muscle time to stretch out properly. Repeat any stretch that you’re doing three times, and if applicable, on both sides of the body.
Most importantly, if you are unclear on how to properly perform a certain stretch, don’t be afraid to ask for a demonstration. Your RMT will likely demonstrate the stretches they give you, but if they don’t, or if you forget, please ask to see it again.