When we are looking to increase flexibility, we usually try to achieve this through stretching. While this is not the wrong way to go about reaching your goal, it may be incomplete. The main concern with regular stretching is that if it is not combined with training the fascia in ways other than lengthening, the risk of injury will increase over time. Modern fascial research is focused on the various properties of fascia for precisely this reason. It is now clear that releasing and lengthening are only part of what fascia can do. They are able to create stability and work as shock absorbers as well. In each fascial sheath there is a given amount of elastic fibers which perform exactly these functions. So if we want to increase the elasticity of our fascia, we can do this effectively with springing and rocking movements. In this video we share one way that you can integrate such movements into your practice.
Minute 1:50: Bring your body into movement
Minute 3:08: Swinging exercise (activation of the back line)
Minute 4:30: Side stretch exercise (pull on the lateral fascial)
Minute 5:38: Rotational exercise (activate diagonal/ helical fascial lines)
Why we recommend this video
Activating and challenging your fascia helps you to prevent injuries. This type of training will help you to prepare your body to respond effectively with unexpected movements that have to be performed suddenly. When your body is not used to this, such sudden movements often lead to a vertebral blockage or physical discomfort. Additionally, this sequence is a great way for you to stabilize and to make you feel well. This is a great exercise sequence to try out before your regular practice.
Have fun practicing and let us know how it went! You can add comments to this video below. We are looking forward to hearing from you.
Many thanks to OGNX for the apparel (teacher and student).