stretching

People that see me for massage therapy work know that I'm a huge proponent of "maintenance/preventative"soft -tissue work using lacrosse balls, foam rollers, bands, straps etc. Relying on the health of my own forearms, wrists and elbows for my livelihood, I'm always on the lookout for effective tools for self treatment and I've recently come across an especially effective tool for treating the forearm/arm. I purchased this item at full retail for $150.00 based on some reviews I'd read from people I trust.

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.

 Most of us are aware that stretching is of benefit to soft-tissue health in general. However, due to the wide array of stretching approaches and applications, it can unfortunately become difficult or even confusing to know which stretching techniques are of most benefit to us. Our preferred activities, current mobility vs. desired mobility, age and even sex may play a role in which types of stretching routines to employ. Should you avoid static stretching before speed work or lifting heavy weights and instead adopt a more "dynamic" style of stretching?

While Bob Marley may not have had a degree in kinesiology (he leaned more towards "herbology") he was on to something with his advice above. He may not have even been encouraging us to stand up for our right to psoas suppleness or metabolic magnificence. The man, however, was wise. Fact is, we sit more on average than ever before and it is slowly turning us into C-shaped, Gollum-like desk and couch slaves.

Variety is not only the spice of life, it is necessary with regard to functional training and "fascial fitness". When we train our muscles we concurrently train our fascial system. If we train the same systems using the same movement patterns with the same levels of effort, intensity, duration etc, we train our tissues in a very narrow and limited range. For example, someone who's sole exercise is running will place a narrow range of demands on their myofascial system. They may be "fit", but they are fit for running only.

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