Potential new exercise
I apologise in advance if these theories have already been discussed.
During a period of heating using an IR lamp, I suddenly thought: surely by heating specific sides (top,bottom,left,right) without warming the others; we could essentially shape our unit in any way we desire? The heated area would be subject to greater expansion/malleability, it may even be possible to heat specific sections of the same side? I’m aware heat is conducted away from surface tissue but: there would be some temperature difference.
I perform two stretch variants and again: I’m unsure if they’ve been covered previously.
1. After heating, crouch on the floor and stretch your unit downwards until your hand makes contact with the floor (you have to obviously adjust your crouching height, so this is achievable) then: keeping your hand in a fixed position on the floor, attempt to stand up from the crouched position, obviously regulating the force as to not cause injury.
2. During standard manual stretches, I sometimes pull my stomach in and away from the direction of the stretch; this seems to produce a more focused lig stretch but: I may just be confusing it with increased skin tension.