Stretch · Release · Relax
A New Way to Unwind
Discover the stretch, the release and the ultimate relaxation. Inspired by yoga-style stretches, the new HoMedics STRETCH Back Stretching Mat is preprogrammed with four sequences. Using a simple, handheld control, every treatment can be customised to perfect the intensity and suit your flexibility. STRETCH is for the yoga-less and the yoga lovers, combine your treatments with deep, slow breathing to unlock and enhance your relaxation.
“This is the best lower back stretch I’ve had. It’s so good”
It’s not breaking news that stretching every day is good for you. There are many benefits of limbering up for the day ahead whether you’re tied to the desk or staying active, stretching at least once a day can leave you feeling livelier and less stressed.
“Just the tonic for stiff backs”
Inspired by yoga, STRETCH guides you through a range of sequences, delivering the many benefits of calm and controlled stretching without leaving your mat. Every treatment has been designed by our yoga pro, the air chambers inflate gently to encourage your lumbar to stretch, release and relax.
HoMedics Back Stretching Mat
For The Best Everyday Stretches:
Tips on how to get the best from STRETCH
- By Karen Brown, Yoga instructor and Head Designer at HoMedics
1. Relax and let the mat do the work
Try to mindfully scan each part of your body during the treatment, and wherever you sense tension, consciously release that tension by allowing your body to become heavier and softer. The motion created by STRETCH will move your body without you needing to exert any effort. In fact, the more you relax, the greater the benefits will be.
2. Enhancing the twist action
For programs that include a twisting movement, the benefits can be further enhanced by adding a gentle turn of the head as described below:
• During a shoulder twist, try turning your head slowly in the direction of the twist. Allow the head to be heavy and the ear to sink down towards the mat. Move the head gently back to centre as the shoulder comes back down, before repeating on the other side.
• During a hip twist, keep the upper body relaxed and both shoulders heavy. Allow the hip to be lifted without resistance. As the right hip lifts, try turning the head to the left side and vice versa. Always move gently and return to a neutral position in between movements. If there is any discomfort in the neck, make the movements smaller or try using a pillow either side to rest the head on as you turn.
3. Using your breath
If you feel tension or slight discomfort during the treatment program, try to visualise directing your breath to the area of tension. Breathe slowly and deeply, in and out through the nose. If it feels okay, you can also try extending the out breath making it up to 50% longer than the in-breath. To get into this rhythm try counting to 4 on the in-breath and 6 on the out-breath. Sink deeper into the mat as you exhale.
4. Try varying your position on the mat
STRETCH has been cleverly designed to work for people of all different shapes and sizes. You can subtly change the feel of your treatments by moving slightly closer to either the top or bottom of the mat as you lie down. The effect will be different for everyone, dependant on your height and proportions, so give it a try and find your favourite position.
5. Get in the habit of regular treatments
Treatments can be repeated as often as feels good for you, but as with anything new, always start gently and build up your regime as your body becomes accustomed. We recommend starting with a gentle ‘stretch’ treatment on level 1 and waiting at least 48 hours before the next treatment. Then slowly build up to daily or twice daily treatments, as desired.
Please note: We recommend checking the support manual if you have a medical condition before purchasing or using STRETCH
- Customer Reviews
- Q & A
Will it improve my posture?Dear Sudhir44, Our Stretch mat encourages flexion, extension and twisting of the spine, all or which can definitely help improve posture over time. We recommend starting gently and building treatments up gradually over a number of weeks. The product comes with detailed instructions and guidance which will help you to tailor the treatments for your own current level of flexibility. Kind Regards, HoMedics Customer ServicesDate published: 2019-02-12
How does the mat work for 5ft people and 6 Ft people? Can you alter length of mat?Dear Loop, The mat is designed to be used from your head to your lower back. You can also position yourself on the mat to stretch the desired areas of your back. Kind Regards, HoMedics Customer ServicesDate published: 2019-02-12
Is this suitable for someone with C5 paraplegia ? If so can this mat be used on a bed and not a hard floor as it would be ideal to assist user onto mat whilst in bed if the mattress is firm as trying to assist user onto a floor would be difficult. ThanksDear AIS user, In regards to the medical condition we would always recommend contacting your medical professional as they have all the information for the case and can make an informed decision. Yes you can use this on a bed however it will be more effective when used on a solid surface as the matt uses air to expand and contract. When placed on a hard surface the air pressure can only move in an upwards direction which provides the full effect. Kind Regards, HoMedics Customer Services.Date published: 2018-12-20
What is the wattage? It doesn't say anywhere on manual or on your websiteDear Anna777, The wattage of the Streaching mat is 36W. Kind Regards HoMedics Customer ServicesDate published: 2018-12-20
Can this massage aswell?Dear Prita, The Stretch mat does not have a massage function. Kind Regards HoMedics Customer ServicesDate published: 2018-12-18
Can this be used in bed at nightDear Pippa, We would not recommend using the stretching mat in bed at night. The mat is designed to be used 2-3 times per day for 15-30 minutes per use. Kind Regards HoMedics Customer ServicesDate published: 2018-12-14
Hi, 6ft 4” tall... are there any limits on height with this product...?Dear BigDee, We have tested this item with a 6ft 3" man and he could use this comfortably. We do have a 30 day returns policy so in the case that you did not find it suitable you would still be able to return for a refund. Kind regards, HoMedics Customer Services.Date published: 2018-12-06
Can I use it with cervical stenosis? Dear Ej33, We always recommend that you consult your medical professional as they have all the information required to inform you if the item would be suitable for you. Kind regards HoMedics customer services.Date published: 2018-12-06