video combining 30min of full body stretches and 10min of guided
relaxation to the sound of gentle ocean waves, with your guide
Keoki. Stretch with Keoki's exercise video in the privacy of
your home or vacation home. Read more below about the benefits
of stretching and how this Hawaii stretch & relaxation video
had developed. Keoki has been always interested in Healthy Living through stretching, optimal health, nutrition, fitness and much more.
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Keoki Staab, the creator of Easy
Stretch Body/Mind Relaxation, is a licensed Hawaii massage
therapist who has been working with senior citizens as a volunteer
for over 20 years. From this work the concept of the Easy Stretch
program was born. Keoki's program of gentle daily stretching
has shown remarkable results among Hawaii seniors. Currently,
Keoki is teaching his Easy Stretch program as fitness instructor to seniors at the Fitness and Aquatic
Center in Sequim (Olympic Peninsula), WA.
The Easy Stretch Video Routine will
Relieve Aches &
Promote Health, Happiness
The following TESTIMONIALS are a selection of opinions
from happy healthy EASY STRETCHERS:
Keoki's "Easy Stretch" is the one
all body stretching and relaxation video I couldn't live without.
It provides a great warm-up for all my sports activities and
is therapeutic at the end of my day to relieve stress. I started
using it ten years ago and I still find it to be the most
perfect stretching and relaxation video available.
Judith Franks, MA,
Coauthor, Hatha Yoga Manual II
and Yoga Teacher of 25 years
My rheumatologist is amazed at my difference
in my range of motion. And I am amazed that the pain in my
back is minimal. Ken's back pain is not as intense. We are
both sleeping better.
Elissa Waters, Scottsdale,
When I started Easy Stretch, I ached from
my spine, sacroiliac and calves. Now I am free of aches and
pains. My circulation has improved to the extent that my two
skipped heart beats are now normal. At age 75, I highly recommend
Easy Stretch for all.
Ethel Andrade, Waimea, HI
I love your tape, my body loves your tape
... It's so easy to do.
Doris Creed, retired
Starting our day stretching with Keoki gives
us energy, flexibility and allows us to enjoy more the activities
for your Life, article written by Keoki
and gracefully, whether we are getting out of a chair or just looking
behind us is an ability that we seem to lose over time. The suppleness
of youth is often left behind like so many other fond memories,
and it doesn't have to be that way. You can regain and preserve
much of your youthful flexibility through simple daily stretching
No matter what our age, Easy Stretch, a program
of gradual stretching will allow us to loosen up, move more freely,
experience less pain and enjoy our life more fully. As Americans,
we are often looking for someone else to heal us, or a magic pill
to relieve pain and reduce stress, yet here is something we can
do for ourselves. The benefits of stretching can be far reaching
indeed, for stretching can help relieve the damaging effects of
stress and inactivity. Often under stress our muscles tighten up
unconsciously (particularly the neck and shoulders), retarding adequate
circulation and causing pain and limited range of motion. Stretching
on a regular basis can relax your body and mind, decreasing you
discomfort. Moreover, it has been shown the immune system, our ability
to fight off disease, functions better when we are under less stress.
With our modern lifestyles everyone needs to stretch!
Working at desks, standing in lines, repetitive motion jobs, driving
for long distances, even just sitting in front of the TV keeps us
from using our full range of motion causes us to stiffen up and
become uncomfortable. Before you know it, just about anything you
do causes an ache or pain. Technically speaking, the muscle and
fascia, a fibrous membrane that cover the muscle, are attached to
bone with tendons. As we age and /or become less active the point
of connection between muscle and bone becomes denser and less pliable.
This phenomenon shortens the muscle, decreases range of motion and
makes the muscle more prone to injury. Pain and stiffness are the
result. Regular stretching is the cure.
We are often quietly proud of our ability to ignore
our daily aches and pains, because we assume we can't feel
any better when we actually can. So often we listen
to our body and forget that we are actually in control of it. Our
body says that it is stiff and sore, but we don't find ourselves
saying back "Well, old friend that is enough of that! I am
going to loosen you up!"
Easy Stretch Body/Mind Relaxation is a program
designed to restore your lost flexibility and suppleness. It ends
with a full body guided relaxation to relieve stress, promoting
healing and a healthy cardiovascular system. In as little as 30-40min
a day, you can be on your way to optimal health.
How 'Easy Stretch' video came to be.
Article written by Keoki
Q. So how did Easy Stretch get started?
K. Well lets see, back in 1986 I was living in
Honokaa, a sleepy little plantation town located on the east coast
of the Big Island of Hawaii. I had been a practicing massage therapist
for about 5 years, when I was approached by the county to teach
massage at a senior center in Paauilo an even smaller plantation
town 7 miles down the road. I thought this would be a opportunity
to teach seniors to help each other through massage, little did
I know all they wanted was to be touched and massaged by me. This
was ok by me and the county didn't seem to care.
Q. Seems like it all started with helping the
seniors of Hawaii?
K. Yes, you know how things seem to just take
on a life of their own. Well after getting my feet wet in Paauilo
I moved on to Waimea, a thriving ranching town 15 miles west of
Honokaa. One of my core beliefs is that I give back something to
the community where I live and work. I approached the senior center
in Waimea about doing massage there, on a volunteer basis. I would
bring my table every Wednesday, 9-11am and do mostly Shiatsu massage.
They loved it. Most had never received massage before and a lot
of them were just in need of being touched in a loving way. I worked
this way for about a year and in that period I noticed how tight
their bodies were, how restricted their range of motion was and
how much they needed more than just a 15min massage a week. They
needed something they could do for themselves, daily. I had been
doing yoga for 20 years and with this experience I developed a program
of easy stretches for seniors and beginning stretchers.
Q. What made you decide to make a video?
K. For about four years I continued to do massage
for 1 hour and the next hour was devoted to stretching followed
by a guided relaxation. I really began to notice a change in their
bodies, they moved much easier, had less aches and pains, and just
seemed to have a better sense of well being than those who did not
participate. I thought if this program can do this much good for
just a few then I wanted to try to get it out to as many people
as might need it. Believe me there are millions in this country
in need of just such a program, I am a firm believer in the
old adage 'Use it or lose it'. So I put together the
video version of Easy Stretch-Body/Mind Relaxation.
Q. Has it turned out to be everything you expected?
K. Yes and much more. I have not sold as
many videos as I'd like, I have given away plenty and
they make nice gifts. The nice part of having a video is the letters
and e-mails I receive from grateful stretchers around the country,
telling me how much of a difference Easy Stretch has made in their
bodies and their lives. I continue to lead the Easy Stretch class
in Waimea and have recently had another therapist wanting to do
the same for the seniors on the north end of the island. Life is
Another message from Keoki for your optimal
Keoki's message to Kohala Coast visitors on healthy
As long time massage therapist on the Big Island,
I have been promoting healthy living through massage, exercise &
stretching and supplements for all these years. My family is the
same committed to a daily exercise & stretching routine and
staying healthy through healthy diet and supplement. As retired
senior citizens we even pay more attention to a healthy daily diet
including important supplements and daily exercise which includes
playing tennis, biking, walking, swimming, doing free weights at
the gym and last but not least stretching our bodies with my'Easy
If you have any questions or would
like to Order the 'Easy Stretch Video' feel free
to contact me with
Subject line 'Hawaii Stretch Video'. Looking forward to hearing
from you. Stay happy and healthy. Aloha, Keoki
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