People often ask me whether it is good for the body to stretch. I think it depends on the intensity of the stretch, but read on and decide for yourself.
In general, stretching commonly involves pulling against the nerves of a muscle (golgi tendon organ and muscle spindles) which tell you by tightening when to stop a movement. In other words, overstretching is often felt as forcing the body to lengthen against this resistance. This is a special kind of message to the nervous system where the mind commands the body to overcome the body’s boundary of protection. Imagine holding on to a teddy bear while somebody else is trying to pull it away. That’s an extreme example of feeling of resistance to force.