Rationale

Stretching is a natural physical and mental stress reliever. It can relax your muscles, and your mind. Physical exercise has been shown to help with feelings for anxiety and low mood (Harvard Health, 2018), amongst both adults and teens (American Psychological Association, 2014). Taking time for a short stretch in the classroom gives students an opportunity to re-focus with refreshed attention.

Testimonials From the Pilot

Benefits for Educators:

Benefits for Students:

Tense and Relax

Division: All
Purpose: To have students understand how different their body feels when relaxed versus when tense, to develop the skills to notice how their body feels in both instances and to learn how to relieve tensions and to self-regulate.

Let Go and Stretch

Division: All
Purpose: To build a regular practice that helps students focus their attention, calm feelings of anxiety, and manage stress.

Stretch in Your Chair

Division: All
Purpose: To provide students with a tool to calm feelings of anxiety, and manage stress.

End of Day

Division: All
Purpose: To build a regular practice that helps students focus their attention, calm feelings of anxiety, and manage stress.

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