NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP, PA —Better start limbering up. StretchLab is coming to Newtown Township.
The board of supervisors have unanimously approved a conditional use variance that will allow the franchise to set up shop in the Village at Newtown next door to Turning Point.
StretchLab, an assisted stretching studio ranked among the nation’s fastest growing franchises, will occupy a 1,825 square foot space previously occupied by Light RX.
According to Drew Dickinson, a principal with StretchLab, the low impact use will employ a team of flexologists who will lead stretching exercises aimed at improving health and wellness.
“It’s by appointment. You come in and you’re stretched according to what ailments you might explained,” said Dickinson. “If you have lower back pain, there are certain stretches for that.”
The facility will employ a team of flexologists with physical fitness certification in yoga, Pilate instruction or specific training in stretching. They receive extensive training, including both classroom and on-the-job training programs.
“It’s a new modality. When I first heard about it I thought it was off the wall, but there’s about 200 of them open throughout the country and they are growing rapidly,” he said.
At any given time, there will be 12 to 15 flexologists on site working with clients in the 10 bed facility offering more ways to reduce their risk of injury, regain mobility, improve flexibility and range of motion, and reclaim their freedom.
“People can come in – it can be young people, old people,” said Dickinson. “They may be athletes who are looking to put on a couple miles per hour or people who haven’t been able to touch their toes and they are trying to get that range in motion back. There are also lots of different benefits to stretching like stress relief.”
Supervisor Elen Snyder testified to the benefits of stretching noting that she wouldn’t be able to get up in the morning or go to bed at night without stretching. “People under estimate the power of stretching,” she said. “You might see me at your door,” she said.
Founded in 2015, StretchLab was created to help people by providing customized flexibility services. It offers one-on-one and group-assisted stretching sessions to customers across a broad range of age and fitness levels.
Ranked on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 in 2022, Fastest-Growing Franchises and Top New Franchises in 2021 and 2022, as well as Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 in 2020 and 2021, StretchLab is headquartered in Irvine, CA and backed by Xponential Fitness, the largest franchisor of boutique fitness brands. To learn more about StretchLab, visit www.stretchlab.com.
In less than five years of franchising, the wellness company has experienced explosive growth across the globe, bringing assisted stretching to the mainstream in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and securing over 700 signed franchise agreements.
“We are amazed and honored by how quickly StretchLab has grown and been embraced across the country and the globe over the last few years,” said Verdine Baker, president of StretchLab. “About five years ago, assisted stretching was not a practice many people had heard of, and now
StretchLab is one of the largest boutique wellness franchises in the world. We could not have done it without our dedicated franchise partners and their unending commitment to improving the health and wellness of the communities they serve.”