Welcome to StretchIt! Are you ready to get more flexible? Increase your range of motion with classes that challenge and inspire you? Have fun and feel good? It’s all possible—and more! Stretching can help you get stronger, prevent injury, and improve your overall wellbeing. If your dream is to become more flexible, you’ve come to the right place. StretchIt will help you reach your flexibility goals.
We are Natasha and Marina, the founders of StretchIt, and we’re excited to share our story with you.
We discovered stretching in our late (okay, very late!) twenties. At the time, both of us were working in corporate offices full-time. Neither of us had any gymnastics experience and we started stretching as absolute beginners. At first, our fingers couldn’t even reach our toes in a forward-fold! But we started stretching regularly, fitting classes into our week even though our work schedules were demanding. We immediately noticed changes and improvements in our mobility and were excited by the progress. The only problem was the classes were boring and it was difficult to stay motivated.
We moved to New York City a few months later and nevertheless wanted to continue building on our progress. We found a local dance studio and were surprised by the stretching method taught there. Suddenly, stretching was fun and engaging. The classes incorporated stretching technique from pilates, rhythmic gymnastics, bodyweight training, yoga, and dance. We were surprised by the variety of exercises, innovative sequences, and the number of variations for each movement. Muscular engagement, extension, active and dynamic stretches, breath work, progressions to go further—everything was there. The classes provided both an energy boost and much-needed relaxation from life’s daily stress. The classes significantly improved our strength, flexibility, and fitness. We’ve never looked back.
Stretching has changed our lives. We feel healthier and more connected to our bodies than ever before. As sisters, we were happy to share this journey with each other but also wanted to share it with others. Our vision was to make high-quality stretching classes available to everyone. We wanted to bring the positive impact and health benefits of stretching to people all over the world. Partnering with Allison Wardwell, a dance educator and master flexibility trainer, we designed and launched the StretchIt training program.
Allison Wardwell is a master flexibility trainer, dance and fitness educator, performer, and innovator. A classically-trained ballerina, Allison received her B.F.A. in Dance from The University of Texas and her M.A. in Dance Education from New York University.
An experienced instructor with over 20 years of movement study, Allison combines a deep knowledge of the body with extensive expertise and a passion for bringing her students the best training methods available. Allison is the co-author and master trainer of the elevatED Flexibility Teacher Training, a curriculum which she teaches internationally.
Allison’s flexibility classes are a fusion of various disciplines and technique – from yoga to dance to contortion to fitness. With her classes, Allison strives to educate and empower her students while creating an environment that is open, warm, and full of progress. Her rigorous academic study combined with her artistic vision offers students an engaging and inspired experience. Her classes are accessible and aim to reach each student at their individual level. She designed the StretchIt program to offer flexibility training for every level and every goal.