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If you follow me on snapchat, you will have learned that my mom is a little weird (and the apple doesn't too far from the tree). #stoplightkaraoke #flourideisbadforyourbrain
Anyway, all the best people are weirdos, so I love her for that, and growing up, she (and I) would both make up silly words or speak in rhymes for no reason. (Please don't judge us hahaha.) Anyway! When I was doing my teacher training we had a whole lecture on fascia.
Now fascia is a word I had heard my mom talk about before. She is a massage therapist (but remember, we also used to make up our own words and rhymes) and she would be like, "Come here, let me, let me rub your feet." Then, she'd pick up my feet while I was laying on the couch watching tv and say, "Oh wow, you feel that? Your fascia is very tight. You need to get more massages, sister, and loosen up those feet!" And I'd just roll my eyes because I was a teenager who just wanted to watch tv and there was my mom going on and on about fascia, which, by the way, I thought was a completely made up word!
Anyway, in teacher training I remember smiling to myself because no matter how silly my mom is, she's always teaching me something. Her random massage musings over the years have taught me so much about the body which I think has really helped my understanding of the body as it pertains to yoga. Now, anytime I hear the word fascia I always smile to myself because it reminds me of my mom.
So fascia is this fibrous web that encloses our muscles and organs. If you're ever feeling tight in a particular area, it's a good idea to loosen up the fascia for a good release and to prevent injury as you practice yoga or train at the gym. One of the ways we can do that is with the video below. I used RAD Rounds but you can use anything similar if you don't have any. I like the RAD Rounds because there are two different sizes - the smaller ball is best for the hands, while the larger ball is best for bigger areas like the forearms. I am always tight in my forearms and shins - so weird - so this felt awesome. Hope you enjoy it as well!
Also, Sweaty Betty is having a huge sale right now, including the pants I'm wearing in this post (which happen to be my favorite SB pair!). They're the first ones in the set below, along with some of my other sale picks!