Yes it is true that some people are just more flexible than others. Generally the difference in people’s flexibility is genetically determined by their ligaments. Over the past few decades we have heard how it is important to keep our bodies flexible or supple to avoid injury, improve posture and slow down the aging process however for those of us who find ourselves inflexible this presents a great challenge and much frustration.
With our current lifestyles and working environments doing flexibility exercises is just not that high on our priority list. Many people actually enjoy stretching and have received great benefits from it, yet personally I have been put off by doing flexibility exercises as they are usually painful and the rewards minimal. Perhaps you can relate to this where you stretch and stretch and then a few hours or days later you do the same stretch and your muscles feel tight again! You think to yourself perhaps I should be stretching harder or longer and you bear and grin with the pain. Also there is much confusion around what types of stretches you should be doing and how long you should hold them for.
Over the past few years I have been working on a concept called Natural Flexibility. This simply means you do not have to stretch over and over to be flexible, or submit your body to painful methods of stretching like myofascial release techniques. Fascia is the medical term for the the connective tissue that surrounds muscles. Think of fascia as the bodies natural cling wrap around muscles. Although myofascial release has a place in rehabilitation I believe that constantly trying to release muscles and fascia will make you more inflexible. Over the next few weeks I will be posting on how you can become naturally flexible.
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