You may never need to foam roll or stretch again
People have very strong feelings about it!
Because you can “feel” it.
The greater “the feel” the greater the feelings towards it.
Even if it’s not doing what we think it’s doing.
Stretching and foam rolling are interoceptive activities by nature.
Meaning, we are using our internal awareness and feelings to guide us.
There is a large emotional component to anything that shifts our attention internally like this.
When you combine this idea with the fact that many people feel good after foam rolling or stretching, you can see why we could have such strong feelings towards it.
So I’m not here to tell you that these things are bad!
I’m here to draw a line where it needs to be drawn and share my experience on the subject.
When assessing athletes, if they tell me they are a foam rolling junkie, I start listening harder.
It’s always the same story.
“I need to foam roll everything to feel good.”
So, I ask the question to myself, what is this person really trying to accomplish with this?
Rubbing areas of the body creates stimulation for the brain.
Every time I meet a chronic foam roller or stretcher they come in two extreme forms:
Either super immobile with very limited spinal and trunk mobility.
Super hyper-mobile with uncontrolled ranges of motion.
What do they share?
Quality breathing is one of the most important things for maintaining quality tissue.
Breathing is a driver of body chemistry.
Both of the mentioned presentations don’t move well.
I find these people to have what we refer to as ‘Sensory Motor Amnesia.’
Essentially, they can’t feel their muscles and joints so they have a hard time mapping movements.
So, is it possible that the chronic foam roller/stretcher is trying to increase sensation in their body to better feel things?
But, I want you to try on a more novel idea.
Adopt a daily joint mobility routine.
Learn how to move your joints in 360 degrees of motion.
Creating more movement options will clarify those blurry maps improving tissue quality and overall health.
Taylor Kruse is dedicated to empowering you with the truth and tools for improved health and performance.
His inspiration stems from more than 10 years of education and coaching through systems like Zhealth Performance, The Burdenko Method, and various movement practices.
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