The SPīRO ( Latin word for breathing) Stretcher is a stretching device. I designed and created the Spiro Stretcher because of life long passion for living well and helping others live well. My inspiration and call to action came from the grief of the deaths of my 51 year old father and my 28-year old brother that came only eight days apart. They both had diabetes and they both died from heart attacks. Because my grandparents also suffered from coronary disease and diabetes, I became concerned about my family’s genetic history. I decided add healthier habits to my daily routine and felt inspired to place my life in the service of helping others avoid these prevalent health conditions that are mostly preventable. Living in Louisiana that is at the bottom of list in health and well-being outcomes makes it even more important to me that Spiro Stretcher makes a positive difference on the world. Louisiana is learning from out challenges. My home city of Baton Rouge is making great strides in improving health outcomes. I aim to be a part of our state’s progress as well as the whole country.
After graduating from Louisiana State University with a BS in Education, I began to study and learn all about the mind/body connection and the fundamental keys to maintaining good health. I learned that the yoga -based techniques of stretching and breathing go a long way to help a person maintain physical and mental well-being. I completed advanced yoga studies at Integral Yoga Institute in Virginia in the areas of hatha yoga, meditation, pre-natal yoga, yoga for cardiac patients, and Ageless yoga for seniors. I brought back what I learned from the Integral Yoga Institute to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and have been teaching yoga on-going for over 25 years in schools, studios, work-sites, and workshops.
“Stress and physical inactivity are leading causes of disease and disability,” warns the World Health Organization, making it one of the more serious yet insufficiently addressed public health problems. Sedentary lifestyles increase all causes of death, doubles the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, anxiety and depression. Yet due to lack on know-how and barriers to exercise, no one really knows how to easily stretch their body and keep themselves active at home, school or work.
The SPIRO Stretcher is a game changer. It is the perfect tool for home, school, work, yoga classes, physical therapy, athletic programs, and geriatric settings. The daily habit of stretching and consciously breathing help protect our mobility and independence. When gentle stretching is performed in conjunction with conscious deep breathing, the benefit multiplies as over 70% of toxins in the body are released in the lungs through respiration. Grab your stretcher, watch your breath, and gently stretch all of your muscles and joints. You will feel better immediately. SPIRO makes it easy and more accessible for all people to make stretching and breathing a normalized daily habit just like brushing our teeth. The Spiro Stretcher is for the body and mind what dental floss is to the teeth.
Thank you for using your Spiro Stretcher. Everyone benefits when we take good care of ourselves.