A pandiculation is that first stretch in the morning, when you tension and then relax your muscles - it feels so good!
Pandiculation describes a stretch that most people do on a daily basis, one of the most common examples of a pandiculation is when you wake up in the morning and you yawn and tension your muscles and then relax your muscles. Pandiculation offers us interoceptive connections, it is an inherent movement to provide the body with feedback about the state of the soft tissue structures.
Cats are a great role model for these movements, because they pandiculate all the time. After one of their many naps cats gets up and arch their back and tension their muscles, it looks so relaxing. If you want learn some of these pandiculation moves, but you don't have a cat of your own check out this cat video.
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Links for The Curious
Bertolucci, L. (2010). Muscle Repositioning: Combining Subjective and Objective Feedbacks in the Teaching and Practice of a Reflex-Based Myofascial Release Technique. IJTMB International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: Research, Education, & Practice.
Bertolucci, L. (2011). Pandiculation: Nature's way of maintaining the functional integrity of the myofascial system? Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 268-280.
Walusinski, O. (2010). Historical Perspectives. The Mystery of Yawning in Physiology and Disease. Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience, 1-21.