Wednesday, June 12, 2013
All of the classes that I have taught have had two things in common. There have been people in it of all ages and there have been people with injuries or some form of arthritis. I am guessing most yoga classes have had at least one of those elements in the studio and on the mat. That being said, I'd like to focus on yoga as a healing modality or at least a way to ease the discomfort of arthritis.
As the old adage goes, move it or lose it! Over time our bodies change and we don't feel quite the same as we did when we were 16 years old. The fluid in the joint can become inflamed or sometimes seems to have evaporated with time. But when we don't have an acute inflammation going on it is very important to get the joints moving. The more we move, the more the interstitial fluid circulates between the joints and that is healthy for us. Movement, especially stretching breaks up fascia and helps maintain proper range of motion in the extremities of the body. Fascia is the stuff that binds the muscle fibers together
I am a massage therapist by trade and there's a great video that one of my teachers showed called FUZZ and it is basically showing how important it is to stretch daily to work out the FUZZ. Fuzz is what happens when we sleep. It's a build up of the fascial tissue. It sticks together and becomes somewhat glued because our bodies have not been in motion for the 8 hours of sleep. Yoga, or stretching would be a great way to start the day because it warms up the fascia and gets it moving and unglued.