Myofascial Release | Self Massage
I really missing having a massage. There's nothing quite like someone working on all those knots of tightness and tension. Hopefully it won't be too much longer, but in the meantime why don't you have a go at some myofascial release.
Fascia is the connective tissue that is woven through us from head to toe, front to back, and side to side, like a spiders web. The aim of myofascial release is to allow the fascia in the bones, muscles and joints to move freely, releasing any pain and giving an overall feeling of wellness. Last week's blog on Yin Yoga is also a good way to release fascia as you are holding postures for a longer period of time, thus giving the fascia time to lengthen and release.
All you need are 2 tennis balls or similar (Squash balls, dog balls or massage balls) The balls are placed under different parts of the body and you rest your weight onto it. You can either stay still or move gently to roll over the ball releasing tight muscles, and fascia. It's important to relax and breathe deeply as you sink into the myofascial release. We are going to combine this with some gentle stretching to allow the muscle to be softer, more fluid and longer in its resting state.
Please not that this practice is not for any diagnosed injuries, it is only to ease out general tightness in the body. If you do have an injury then please consult your Health Professional before trying this practice.