The Stretch Therapy Podcast

Kit Laughlin

Welcome to the Stretch Therapy Method, hosted by Kit Laughlin and Olivia Allnutt.

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Renée Leeuw and Olivia Allnutt share many words of wisdom and advice for teachers who want to teach in an intelligent way. They discuss a range of techniques in the Stretch Therapy system, such as partner stretching and how to do it safely, they talk about the importance of the breath, the use of language and touch when teaching and they talk about offering variations of (yoga) poses for each student in the room.

Jul 4

1 hr 2 min

Kit Laughlin and Ian MacLeod discuss what stops people becoming more flexible at the Nirvana Strength “Strength and Flexibility Summit".

Mar 9

55 min 53 sec

This short twenty-minute set of instructions is designed to get you meditating today. It is an excerpt from the full discussion at "Why your meditation practice is not working – Kit Laughlin with Yusef Smit‪h. In one sense, meditation is simple: gently hold your awareness on something you have decided will be your “meditation object”, and see what happens! If you notice yourself being distracted by a thought, gently bring your awareness back to the object. You will need to repeat this! Noticing a distraction and bringing the awareness back to your object IS meditation. Suitable objects are discussed in this brief introduction.

Oct 2020

12 min 47 sec

So many people want to start meditating, but agonise over what school of meditation, or what lineage, or even what type, with what goal. In this two-hour discussion between Kit Laughlin and Yusef Smith – from Propane Fitness – detailed instructions for how to start meditating are given, and the show notes below will help you find any section of interest.

Sep 2020

1 hr 58 min

The hosts of the Range of Strength podcast, Lucas Aaron and Jeffrey Wolf, engage Olivia Allnutt in a long discussion on a great many topics, including the Stretch Therapy *approach* to stretching, why adult bodies are more resistant to becoming more flexible than children’s, and how little most strength coaches know about flexibility training!

Jul 2020

1 hr 54 min

Kit Laughlin chats with Thomas Emerson, founder of Praksis (Canberra), about the inescapability of the mind, the fundamental importance of cultivating awareness, and much more. In the first half of the talk, they discuss how our minds filter reality and thereby condition how the world is presented to us in every moment. In the second half, Kit explains how cultivating awareness of that fact makes it possible for us to experience reality more directly, with greater clarity and with less interference from the pesky ego.

Jul 2020

1 hr 46 min

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Jul 2020

1 hr 5 min

Kit recently recorded a two-part interview with two young North American coaches whom Kit has never met, Lucas Aaron and Jeffrey Wolf, but who have been working with the Stretch Therapy material for the last six years or so. Jeffrey has perfect front splits; and Lucas has perfect side splits. Part one concerns Kit’s personal journey through middle-distance running, Olympic lifting, dance school (the worst student!), and the two year period where he trained in a pro. boxing gym, and worked the door of a nightclub in King’s Cross. Part two is more philosophical in nature.

Jun 2020

1 hr 13 min

Kit recently recorded a two-part interview with two young North American coaches whom Kit has never met, Lucas Aaron and Jeffrey Wolf, but who have been working with the Stretch Therapy material for the last six years or so. Jeffrey has perfect front splits; and Lucas has perfect side splits. Part one concerns Kit’s personal journey through middle-distance running, Olympic lifting, dance school (the worst student!), and the two year period where he trained in a pro. boxing gym, and worked the door of a nightclub in King’s Cross. Part two is more philosophical in nature.

Jun 2020

1 hr 6 min

Kit Laughlin chats to Jackie Tann from B3 Massage and Movement about how Stretch Therapy enhances your health, wellbeing and performance. Kit takes us on a deep journey of what it means to practice Stretch Therapy. This practice (and interview) is not just about stretching but about everything it provides us physically, mentally and emotionally. A deep dive into how we can use Stretch Therapy as a tool for not just athletic performance but more importantly how we can use it to enhance our lives. Delivered in two parts.

Jun 2020

47 min 31 sec

Kit Laughlin chats to Jackie Tann from B3 Massage and Movement about how Stretch Therapy enhances your health, wellbeing and performance. Kit takes us on a deep journey of what it means to practice Stretch Therapy. This practice (and interview) is not just about stretching but about everything it provides us physically, mentally and emotionally. A deep dive into how we can use Stretch Therapy as a tool for not just athletic performance but more importantly how we can use it to enhance our lives. Delivered in two parts.

Jun 2020

41 min 9 sec

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Oct 2018

1 hr 17 min

Outline: All about Stretch Therapy and the goals of this comprehensive system How it was started {and became a huge trend in the process}! The ways in which they got the necessary feedback to develop other programs How the markets differ in various countries Marketing strategies for online business The highs {and lows} of offering teacher training Why niching down is often the best strategy for a studio…

Nov 2017

53 min 43 sec

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Nov 2017

3 hr 11 min

In this episode, you’ll learn about stretching and flexibility from world-renowned expert Kit Laughlin. Kit Laughlin is a leading authority on the subject of stretching and flexibility. He developed Stretch Therapy over the last 30 years and presents workshops across the globe in these techniques. He was awarded a Master of Letters degree by the Science Faculty of the Australian National University in Canberra and was granted an Australian Postgraduate Research Award for Ph.D. research, where back pain was the main case study.

Sep 2017

1 hr 11 min

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Sep 2017

27 min 22 sec

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Sep 2017

14 min 16 sec

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May 2017

1 hr 5 min

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May 2017

1 hr 4 min

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Apr 2017

1 hr 33 min

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Nov 2016

1 hr 1 min

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Nov 2016

53 min 9 sec

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Mar 2016

1 hr 34 min

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Aug 2015

1 hr 5 min

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Jul 2015

1 hr

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Jul 2015

35 min 19 sec

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Jul 2015

47 min 52 sec

"The Origins of Stretch Therapy, and Deep Well Being" Part one of a new series, Dave Wardman interviews Kit, and together they explore the origins of our collective work. Influences include G. Spencer Brown, Anthony Wilden, Alfred Korzybski, the Buddha, and countless students, here and overseas. Kit talks about how he discovered some of the core techniques of ST (before finding that, of course, he was only re-discovering what others had found!), and Dave asks Kit about some of his major influences in his thinking. Time stamped show notes: 00:00 - Origins of Stretch Therapy 01:00 - Kit goes to dance classes! 02:00 - “Rubber Man” 03:00 - my fellow students at the dance classes 04:15 - the way Kit used to move 05:00 - Kit goes to Japan, first breakthrough 06:15 - Kit rediscovers contraction stretching 07:10 - our mind are lying to us all the time! 08:00 - applying contractions to all of Mr Iyengar’s poses 08:45 - Greg’s invention of the ‘bent-leg’ approach to hamstring stretching 09:45 - Kit was extremely flexible—and completely unstable 10:45 - back pain and hip flexors 11:30 - experimenting at the ANU in exercise classes 13:15 - “tinkering” and retesting: the core of the method 14:45 - Dave describes his experiences in class 15:45 - your perception is a lie 16:30 - the body is experiencing sheer panic! 17:10 - “What else have I been wrong about?” 19:10 - what are the real limits in the experience of life? 20:30 - “breaching the height envelope” 21:15 - One element we have not talked about: relaxation 23:55 - When you can relax enough in daily life, everything will change 24:30 - Reich and character armour 26:00 - “No unnecessary tension” 26:55 - Dave describes how he learned deep relaxation 28:30 - having the experience of being deeply relaxed as an option to return to 29:10 - Liv and alignment 30:00 - “Grasp the nettle!” 31:15 - restrictions are cyclic 32:00 - Olga’s story and her experience of becoming aware of her fear habit 34:40 - Kit’s road into learning deep relaxation 37:30 - There’s work to be done, right here 38:15 - “I’ll just do this, then…” 39:25 - Sometimes when doing physical work, a change can happen 40:35 - “You are changing with every breath—or perhaps you haven’t noticed? 41:30 - Our bodies are tied to the Earth in a way our minds are not 42:40 - There is no user’s guide to the human body; we are making one 43:45 - The learning process is a two-way process 44:50 - It’s new, all the time 45:40 - “How do you stay enthusiastic?” 46:10 - the privilege of teaching 46:45 - Dave argues the word “therapy” is not completely fitting 47:00 - “You can’t give people self-knowledge 47:15 - “You can lead a horse to water…” 48:00 - Science is looking in the wrong place 48:45 - Why science likes “cause” 49:15 - Dave discusses the mindset he began ST training with 50:15 - Practitioners never deal with single cause problems 51:00 - When Dave and Kit first met: the contents of the bookcase! 52:00 - the problems of consistency 52:15 - there are no contradictions in nature 53:45 - Nature is complete, seamless, undivided 54:20 - Kit apologises for never having mentioned Alfred Korzybski to Dave 54:45 - Dave explains why he wanted to record a CSC: all the things D&K are discussing are not in Kit’s books! 55:30 - Kit talks about G. Spencer Brown 56:20 - The mind divides the Universe 57:30 - Dave’s experience of ST: “stretch therapy plus extra”. K&D agree to record CSC #2

May 2015

57 min 53 sec

Justin Goodhart and Sean Mapoles interview Kit Laughlin. Kit compares his fascial structure to Dave Wardman’s, showing how much natural variation these is in the population with respect to this little-understood tissue, and its influence on one’s natural (untrained) flexibility, and how the future might play out as a result. Kit speaks about “specialised generalisation”—the state of being able to do anything you want, activity-wise, but not be the best, or even superior at anything. He calls this “plasticity” and argues that it’s a valuable quality, and contrasts it with specialisation. Kit discusses the origin of the Stretch Therapy method, and how he discovered (actually, re-discovered, he learned much later!) one of the core techniques for adults to use to remake their flexibility patterns. He described how he used this technique on all of Mr Iyengar’s basic Yoga poses while he lived in Japan, coming up with what he calls “functional units of flexibility” which can be used to build up larger, then whole-body flexibility. He found that the removal of restrictions was fundamental. He expands the discussion to consider the personal evolution of an example child, and how choices made in the period between 5 and 10 years have significant effects later, and how these choices will drive that individual’s personal adaptation. He ties this to how an adult can try different challenges to determine what he or she needs to do to be able to better meet these challenges in the future. This becomes the new adaptation, and it will be goal oriented. Kit discusses the helplessness of a baby (compared to a newly born foal) and the consequently huge number of options for how that child may develop that exist as a result. In acquiring new ranges of movement, the “elephant in the room” is fear, Kit claims. This internal reaction is what stops you going deeper in a stretch, and Kit discusses how this can be worked with, and overcome. Kit talks about how the potential for adaptation into new skills is hugely larger than the individual can envisage when he of she is contemplating something new.

Jul 2014

1 hr 13 min

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Jul 2014

33 min 18 sec