Upcoming Therapy Ball Workshop and The Science Behind Myofascial Release
November 6, 2017
We’ve all heard about the importance of strengthening muscles, gaining flexibility and getting our heart rates up through cardio. But in today’s go-go-go culture, we rarely prioritize slowing down to release tight, stiff tissue and rehydrate the fascia.
Although we tend to forget about the fascia, it’s arguably one of the most important areas to focus on because it binds together muscles, organs and tissues throughout our entire bodies! When we neglect daily movement like walking, yoga, dance and Pilates, the fascia can become stiff and less mobile, which can lead to a higher risk of injury, chronic pain and in general, a lower quality of life (life is more fun when you can move freely, we promise!).
Take a look at this article from Functional Fascia, which details the different kinds of fascia and what can happen when you don’t make daily movement and muscular release a priority. In an extreme case, sadhu Amar Bharati kept his arm raised for 40 years in a tribute to Shiva, and the collagen fibres around the arm became fibrous and hard, preventing movement.
Although your fascia (probably) isn’t as stiff as Amar’s, the constant use of cellphones, computers and other devices can lead to sore, rigid muscles and dehydrated fascia. The best way to combat this is through daily, gentle movement, massage therapy and myofascial release techniques using therapy balls.
If your muscles feel hard, stiff and in need of release, then you’ll definitely want to sign up for our upcoming therapy ball workshop with Denise on November 18th! The workshop will provide you with stretches and exercises you can perform at home or at the office to keep the muscles, tissues and fascia in your neck, shoulders and back supple despite long hours at a computer or on your phone.
The next therapy ball workshop will take place Saturday, November 18th from 1pm to 2:30. Sign up now here, or reach out to us with any questions or concerns!