Everyone would like to be more flexible and enjoy a full range of motion in their activities. Here's a quick introduction to a safe, very effective way to accomplish this.
You can get your muscles and connective tissue more flexible if you learn a method called myofascial self-release, commonly known as trigger point therapy. I teach this to my clients who have trauma or carry excess tension.
It's a simple process of using a foam roll, lacrosse ball (gently) or other instrument to put steady pressure for sixty seconds on the tight area. With regular practice this will provide significant relief. Combine that with static stretching the same area, that is, hold the stretch and take full, deep breaths for sixty seconds or longer. Finish up with a Jacuzzi or hot shower on the tight areas to increase circulation. Do this every day for several weeks, and the muscles you want to work on will have a definite increase in flexibility and improved range of motion, and a noticeable decrease in soreness and pain.
Here are two useful books on the subject: The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Claire Davies, or the more recent Becoming a Supple Leopard by Dr. Kelly Starrett.
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