Practicing mobility every day

Practicing mobility every day

Tons of people suffer from muscular or joint pain. Whether you work in a very physical job or sit at a desk all day, the wear and tear of our everyday lives can take a toll on us. If we don’t take proper care of ourselves, we can become tense, tight, knotted and sore. No one wants that.

Regular mobility work can help fight this by relieving muscle adhesions (knots), improving range of motion, decreasing pain and enhancing performance.

Sylvia Peters, one of our awesome RIO instructors and owner of Nova Fitness, has some recommendations for adding mobility into your life:

1. Get a lacrosse ball. These are inexpensive and can really help massage target areas of pain and tightness.
Roll the ball on different parts of your body to find your sensitive spots. Once you find an area, apply more pressure and breath through it. Hold it there and let the lacrosse ball take the tension away.

2. Carve out time for it. Add rolling to your everyday routine. Start your daily workout with 5-10 minutes of mobility to release the muscles before you strengthen them. or end your workout to release the fatigued muscles. Put it in your work or gym bag and give yourself 10 minutes of rolling during lunch breaks or while drinking your morning tea.

3. Check yourself. Reassess your mobility after each stretch or workout session to see how your body has responded. If you perform a bodyweight squat before and after a round of self-massage, there should be a noticeable improvement in positioning. Every day is going to be different in terms of movement, tightness, and stress of the body.

If you’d like to learn more about how to mobilize your body, good news! We are offering a 2-hour mobility workshop here at RIO in which you can learn about using lacrosse balls, foam rollers and your own body to enable myofascial release in your muscles. Join us on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 12:30-2:30PM for body mobilization education. Only $25.00 + tax. Email connie@riopilatesyogastudio.ca to register.