At the beginning of this video, Ronald and Doro demonstrate a self-massage technique that targets the fascia of the hamstrings. Even if you are currently suffering from discomfort or inflammation in this area, you will gain some benefit from this technique and it can even help to contribute to recovery. In the technique presented, fluids are drawn into and through the fascial layers. Using this massage you can help to 'flush out' the inflammation in the affected area.
Ronald then explains how inflammation develops in the first place. Very often this is a result of a chronically 'locked long' state of the muscle, which occurs when the muscle is overly stretched without the appropriate strengthening. What happens in the case is that the muscle 'forgets' to contract. As a result, there is a pull on the muscle attachment, which then leads to inflammation. In order to bring balance back to the muscle so that it regains its natural elasticity, it must be strengthened.
In the final minutes of the sequence, you will learn how stretching is also necessary, even if you are working with the 'locked long' scenario. The crucial element to consider is how you are stretching. Doro and Ron demonstrate how to stretch the right areas of the dorsal fascia where stretching makes the most sense, and how to avoid pulling on the inflamed areas. By following this sequence you will have the opportunity to explore the best ways to bring your hamstrings back in balance.
Why we recommend this video
Overstretched and irritated hamstrings are a common occurrence in the yoga world, because there is often a strong focus on stretching. With this video we hope to offer you some insight on why this irritation occurs and how you can alleviate the discomfort, or avoid the condition altogether. This is good for anyone who is currently looking at their hamstrings as a focus in their practice. If you try these exercises out, we would love to hear about your personal experiences!
This tutorial does not replace the guidance of a competent teacher. Additionally, please consider that every person and each body is unique. It is important to work mindfully and sensibly.
Many thanks to OGNX for the apparel (teacher and student).