If you are like me, your body is tight and not in a good way. My hips, ankles, and shoulders are all lacking in mobility. Which means I am missing out on my full range of motion. What I am talking about is healthy fascia.
Fascia is an interwoven system of connective tissue found throughout our body. Have you ever peeled a hard-boiled egg? That white filmy substance under the shell and between the egg is fascia. For us, it’s like a layer of bubble wrap that connects and holds all of our muscles, organs, and tissues together. Our fascia is the key to being able to correctly move in every situation life throws at us, from sitting, lifting a bag of groceries or putting that carry on in the overhead bin.
We need to keep our fascia flexible and pliable if we want to be able to move like a leopard, the most adaptable of all big cats.
This week let’s focus on becoming a supple leopard. Here’s how:
A morning stretch helps remove the “fuzz” from a night of sleep. Also, take stretch breaks throughout your day.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Water is essential to keeping our fascia flexible.
Grab a tennis ball
Try some self-massage techniques using a tennis or lacrosse ball. Roll it under your foot or even massage your back along the side of your spine and between your shoulder blades. My personal favorite is on my piriformis and the psoas, or gut smash. Beware, you may shed some tears.
I hope you think about taking care of your body this week…remember, we only get one. So, here’s to your health!
The Positive Foundry Team
P.S. If you want to learn more about fascia, check out this brief article here or to really go deep checkout Becoming a Supple Leopard 2nd Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance