Myofascial Release Therapy FAQ
Becky Bridson, owner of Action Potential, Lawrence, KS answers your questions.
I attended the first phase training, which was basically a weekend intensive. I returned a couple months later to finish out training with the week-long second phase. I completed a written and practical exam and keep current by, of course, paying annual dues and also returning to NYC every two years for continued training. A monthly newsletter and keeping in touch with fellow practitioners guarantees up-to-date news and information as well.
As we age, the organs become sluggish. You can eat right and take good supplements, but there’s nothing like direct stimulation to boost organ function. For example, women over 50 often complain, “I used to get on the treadmill and burn a lot of Calories and lose weight. That doesn’t work any more. No matter how much I exercise, the weight doesn’t come off like it used to.” The main reason is that their hormones have decreased, slowing metabolism. Because of this biochemical change, the body no longer responds to the treadmill exercise. Even when people push harder, they still don’t lose weight.
But when you work the abdomen with the ball, bringing your breath and your intention there, you increase circulation, bring more oxygen to the digestive organs, which improves their function and increases your metabolic rate. In addition, you’re giving the organs more space, which also helps improve their function. Now you will burn those Calories; in fact, people have lost weight doing Yamuna Body Rolling for precisely this reason.
Depending on his or her genetic inheritance, everyone has weaker function in one organ or another. So the organ routines also offer another way to focus on any specific weaknesses that may run in someone’s family.
Directly stimulating the organs results in a lighter and better-aligned torso, with a greater sense of freedom in the torso as a whole. It all comes back to my original Yamuna Body Logic principle of creating more space and length in all parts of the body.
Remember that organ function is a critical aspect of overall well being. If you boost circulation, you also boost the immune response, as well as the relaxation response, because when the organs have enough space and circulation, they aren’t being stressed. When they lack ample space and are irritated or inflamed, they are more reactive to the environment, which means more allergic reactions. It seems that direct stimulation of organs could be another way of preventing these types of problems, too.
- Better bone quality (actually increases bone density)
- Stimulates organs
- Increases metabolism
- A healthier spine, as decompressed nerve roots allow a free flow of energy to revitalize internal organs and the nervous system
- Freedom from old restrictive patterns caused by injury
- Better balance and equilibrium as core strength develops and increases
- Increased lung capacity and fuller use of breath
- Stress reduction as the ball directly stimulates the spinal nerve roots, soothing the nervous system
- Greater body awareness, as you learn to listen to the messages the body sends
- The ability to prevent and heal injuries through problem solving with your own body
- Freedom from emotional restrictions held in the body, as trauma and old memories are released from tissues
Below are just some of the populations/ailments Yamuna Body Rolling has benefited/improved.
- Elite athletes, including professionals from various sports and also marathoners and triathletes (athletes have experienced great benefit from making rolling a regular part of their routine—those who do experience fewer injuries and recover more quickly following competition/practice and injuries)
- Ankle/foot pain/injuries, including plantar fascitis, bunions, hammertoe, etc.
- Neck/Back pain/injuries
- Knee pain/injuries
- SI joint pain/injuries
- IT band pain/injuries
- Shoulder pain/injuries
- Shin splints
- Epileptic seizures
- Cerebral Palsy
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Victims of physical, emotional, psychological/mental abuse
- Victims of rape, sexual assault