Ever wonder why you feel so tight when you wake up in the morning, or when you have been still for too long? When we stop moving or become immobile, we start to grow “fuzz” in the sliding surfaces between our muscles. This fuzz melts easily with movement. However, if you immobilize a joint due to injury and pain, the fuzz gets harder and tougher. Injured areas should be supported and cared for, but introducing gentle movements invites mobility and the release of adhesions — fibrous/tough bands that form in the connective tissue, or fascia. Connective tissue supports, connects and surrounds all of the tissues in the body; the muscles, organs, bones, etc.
Chronic poor posture, misalignment, misuse and injury lead to tightness in the connective tissue. Gentle breath oriented movements help to release the connective tissue. This is what Yoga does! Your daily movement practice plays an important role in keeping you open and mobile. Just 5 minutes of breath and movement each day can make a big difference in your life.
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