Pandiculation: The Cat Stretch

 Pandiculation is a stretching and stiffening of the trunk and extremities, as when fatigued and drowsy or on waking, often accompanied by yawning.

Pandiculation is a stretching and stiffening of the trunk and extremities, as when fatigued and drowsy or on waking, often accompanied by yawning.

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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 Pandiculation is a stretching and stiffening of the trunk and extremities, as when fatigued and drowsy or on waking, often accompanied by yawning.