By Jill Nagy
For people feeling a bit stiff and out of sorts after a day at the desk but too tired to head for the gym, the Stretch Zone, a new business in Clifton Park, may be the answer.
“Basically, it’s stretching,” said John Bladek, owner of the business, located at 54 Crossing Boulevard. There are no weights or machines involved, just the client and a practitioner, he said.
Stretch Zone is a franchise of a Florida company. Bladek worked for the parent company, certifying and managing trainers. He has a background in anatomy and physiology, as do the other four practitioners in his business. In addition, all of them have completed an accreditation and certification program at the company’s Florida headquarters.
Clients range from those needing the stretching experience to people with serious medical problems. Many are completing physical therapy programs and need further work, he said. The practice also works with people with medical conditions such as cerebral palsy or Parkinson’s.
“The entire point and purpose of Stretch Zone is to help people do the things that they love and regain some of the things they have lost over time. We do a lot of posture work. We see a lot of athletes who are just trying to maintain and be at the top of their game of get to the top of the game,” Bladek said.
The gym offers free initial consultations. After that, Bladek recommends a three-month program of one to three half-hour sessions a week. He estimates that it takes at least three months to see real improvement.
Prices vary, Bladek said, and are discussed at the initial consultation.
Business, so far, has been “absolutely fantastic,” Bladek said. In the future, he is looking to expand to four other locations, probably in the Saratoga area, Delmar, Latham, and Niskayuna. However, he said he has no specific time frame at this time.
Further information is available at www.stretchzone.com/locations/clifton-park. The telephone number is 518-280-0870.