Convince your nervous system that the new range of motion is safe

The first step has taken you there half way. Once your muscles have been duped into relaxing against their will, they will face the music. Your stretch reflex will think, "Hey, the muscle is longer but it hasn't ripped in half! This isn't as bad as I thought."

Now make sure to progress at a very conservative pace. Pay constant attention to a sense of safety in your stretching, to keep your nervous system relaxed and happy. If you do not feel safe in some precarious position, your muscles will refuse to relax.

Building strength in the stretched position will also go a long way towards confidently releasing your muscles into a super stretch.

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