Treat Yourself! Series Introduction with Drew Hume
Treat Yourself! Self-Massage Practices with Drew • 4m 44s
Have you ever felt like you have “knots'' in your muscles, or been told that certain trigger points could be causing you pain and discomfort? Over time, when tissue becomes disorganized, our muscles can accumulate trigger points or be under-active (leading to other muscles becoming over-active to compensate). These imbalances can contribute to pain and discomfort.
Self-massage, also known as manual release or myofascial release, optimizes the function of our tissues while keeping our body well tuned for movement. That’s why the techniques shared here are the perfect complement to the rest of your movement practice.
This series uses manual release to explore and bring relief to key regions of the body where tension tends to accumulate. The techniques Drew shares can help manage pain, supporting movement optimization over time. We encourage you to apply these techniques in a way that feels right for you, returning to these videos regularly so that your body can feel its best.
The tools we’ll be using are items you likely already have at home: a tennis ball, or a lacrosse ball - or maybe even a golf ball, with a towel wrapped around it. If you’d like to make a purchase of a self-massage tool, we recommend RAD rollers (the basic 3-pack).
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