Becoming a Supple Leopard

I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the book above for some time now, and am happy to write that it doesn't disappoint. Don't let the tongue-in-cheek title throw you.

As a massage therapist, I am continually looking for ways for people to maintain and further improve the quality of their soft-tissue outside of my treatment room.

The author of Becoming a Supple Leopard, Dr. Kelly Starrett, has been on my radar for a number of years now as an excellent clinician/coach/blogger/and web personality. He runs a Crossfit gym out of San Francisco and has a physiotherapy practice catering to pro and high level athletes. A past elite-level paddler himself, Starrett conveys technical biomechanical information in a very entertaining, affable and easy to understand manner for the lay person.

His "test/retest" methods for mobilizing joints and soft tissue using bands, straps, rollers, LaCrosse balls, etc. are effective and elegant. The photos and accompanying text are well organized and clear. His sense of humour is captured well in the book, making the reading far from dry or overly clinical.

For anyone who is a little uncertain as to how or when to use a foam roller or other self-massage tool and wants to better their movement and soft tissue quality, this book comes highly recommended. It will be a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to move and feel better.

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