The Problem - Not feeling the benefits of your stretching. Not experiencing any fascial lengthening during stretching
Simply put, when you stretch correctly you should feel changes occurring within the tissues of your body. They won't be immediate but within minutes of performing your stretches you should see gains in range of motion and flexibility, as well as relief from discomfort. If you aren't experiencing this then something is off
The Fix - Control your breathing!
Either your movement is off on your actual stretch or you aren't controlling your breathing. Usually it's the later. How many times do you see someone lay on the ground and try to force their hamstrings to stretch?
In order for your stretch to be effective you need to learn to sync your breathing with your stretching. Exhale slowly as you stretch, inhale deeply as you back off the stretch. You need to keep this oscillating pattern of stretching and giving your body a break as you stay fully aware of your breathing patterns. When I say exhale, I mean full exhalation where there is no air left in your body
Air in your body creates stability, that is why we breathe deeply and hold when we lift heavy weight. This is not what you want when you stretch however. You want to be able to become loose so you can manipulate your body to make changes to the tissues. Think about all the times you went to stretch for something out of your reach, you had to breathe out to make the last heave forward to grab it. That is the phenomenon of what I'm speaking off
Next time you go to stretch, don't continuously force your tissues to lengthen. They will slowly lengthen with time but you need to give them that time. As I said, oscillate in and out of the stretch while controlling your breathing and I guarantee you'll start to feel those stretches and reap the benefits
If you'd like some suggestions on how to start your own personal stretching program feel free to email me at email@example.com. Happy to help!