Often times while practicing, one comes to places from which movement is restricted. Restriction precedes pain in the area and it’s surrounding tissue, which develops a sandy, crunchy texture. Stretching doesn’t seem to help or it may even make the situation worse. Over time, the area impacted increases and begins to go numb and both one’s practice and one’s life become less than enjoyable, depressing our mood and our desire to practice.
Such conditions are common in our bodies. Muscles, organs and bones are surrounded by and encased in a network of tissue known as “fascia.” In the most generalized and simplistic of terms the fascia can be thought of as an unbroken web of elastic tissue that protects the bodily tissues from crushing, hyperextension and tearing. This tissue has it’s own consciousness and decision-making process and it is often the cause for continuing muscle pain or joint tension, which remains and increases until the fascia decides (or is convinced) that to release is safe for the area and allows full movement again.
Over time, if unaddressed, the fascia accumulates adhesions of metabolic waste products such as lactic acid, uric acid and nitrogenous wastes. These wastes form the crunchiness of the muscles, and cause increasing tension as they accrue due to their sharp edges and acidic nature. That pain causes the body to tense further to compartmentalize the pain resulting in tenser musculature that stretching irritates (by causing the wastes to abrade the muscle tissues and burn them) creating a negative feedback loop that wears down the body and depletes one of the energy that your yoga practice provides!
How can you change this? A deep tissue massage will clear energy pathways, empowering your body to heal and recover faster. Massage is often treated as a luxury, an indulgence and a special treat. Massage is critical for maintaining the balance in your body, reducing your chance of injury and recovering from past injuries. Simply put, you don’t have to live in pain, schedule a massage with me today!