#under pressure curated by Federico Tosi 121 u n d e r p r e s s u r e Stretching is the most popular sport in the world. There is a long history in the relationship between its movements and the living being performing them, mainly for a reason: to be able to know, with your eyes closed, the precise position of your body, including phalanges, in space. Stretching consists of exercises that act on the bones, tendons and joints through the muscles, stimulating the proprioceptor organs . [If stretching was a difficult word for you to pronounce, proprioception won’t help]. Metaphor: if we were a submarine, proprioception would be guaranteed by sonar. Its sensors detect the position of the vessel in space and instantly [ instinctively , for living beings] its signals are encoded into an image on which the captain can decide how to act. Through the proprioceptor organs, the brain receives impulses through which it is able to process an instinctive response [to activate the contraction muscles, before those in extension bring the arm of the baseball pitcher to disarticulate from the shoulder] and understand and act on its equilibrium reasons. Stretching helps in all this, and it is the most widespread sport because it is performed by almost all living beings at the time of awakening . Bangkok does not fail to show ancient statues, dating back over 2000 years, with figures applied in positions of lengthening, as the discipline teaches. The discovery of these movements and their action on the relationship between body and mind, through the reorganization of tendon and neocortical coordination, comes from the East. Yoga inserted philosophy and breathing in these exercises, and the American Bob Anderson is the author of the bestseller Stretching , that cleared on a global scale the discipline since the end of the 70s of the last century. Mind and body. The same possible stretching practices tell a lot about this relationship.