While all of the articles I read have many similarities, the most striking to me is the absence of focus on body sustainability and a complete assumption that there is “only so much you can do for yourself”. What is mystifying to me is that after all this time, with all the cutting-edge information we currently have about the anatomy and biomechanics of the body, we are still using the same archaic methods and offering very little permanent solutions.
As I observe the runners in the streets of my town, I have to hold myself back from shouting out the window as I pass by to keep them from hurting themselves. I see knees knocking, feet turning out, toes slapping and heels striking hard against the pavement as shoulders, arms and jaws squeeze and tighten. I see many twisted faces and signs of distress. Repetitive injuries quietly stack up, but the word out on the street is “running is good for you.”
Yet, researching running injuries would make you think otherwise. Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, chronic hamstring and calf tightness and weakness, knee pain, stress fractures and shinsplints light up the internet and effect the personal lives and habits of runners. Once an injury occurs, the impact to your body, time and finances can be quite significant and your plans to run that 5K, dashed. There are roughly 40 million people hitting the pavement and trails in the U.S. And while there is evidence to support the health benefits of running, research also indicates that at least 60% of these runners will sustain a running related injury in any given year. 70% will become recurring injuries.
I don’t know about you, but I find injuries very disempowering. As a dancer and yoga practitioner since my early teen years, I know how frustrating an injury, especially a recurring one, can be. The loss of time and money, the loss of opportunity and joy because of pain and injury can be enough to change your routine, your mood, your self-esteem and your enjoyment of life. Injury, or the fear of re-injury, is the biggest reason people stop exercising. And the overall cost to their physical, emotional, mental health when they quit is high.
Over 30 years ago, Yamuna Zake began developing a body sustainability system, Yamuna® Body Rolling and Foot Fitness, that addresses this very issue. Yamuna Zake is a yoga and body therapist, and world-renowned authority whose simple, yet profound methods have been proven over time through experience and positive results. She is devoted to understanding how the body works and why it breaks down, and is committed to sharing this understanding with the world.
Conventional physical therapy suggests strengthening, stretching and foam rolling. Chiropractors provide on-going adjustments. Massage therapists help relax muscles and increase blood flow. Podiatrists suggest frozen water bottles, expensive running shoes and custom orthotics. While these approaches may provide temporary relief, none of these approaches can provide the immediate as well as long-term benefits Yamuna Body Rolling and Foot Fitness delivers. Yamuna® is THE missing link.
YBR® goes beyond random stretching and rolling. It uses your own body weight and a Yamuna ball, a small inflatable ball designed for the practice, to place a muscle in traction. By bearing weight and stimulating the bone at the muscle’s origin, then sliding the ball toward the muscle’s insertion, the tendons and muscles are able to elongate and release to their natural length. Yamuna Body Rolling and Foot Fitness reeducates and restores muscle memory and function, creates space in the joints, removes impact from bone, improves bone circulation and quality, increases muscle tone, strength and flexibility, restores musculoskeletal alignment and cultivates a strong, stable, balanced foundation and core.
Overuse, poor mechanics, asymmetry and muscle imbalance will manifest into a full-blown injury or chronic condition over time. While proper training is an essential part of prevention, intelligent self-care, utilizing the education and tools Yamuna provides, addresses and corrects the root causes of the most popular ‘itises and syndromes that plague runners, saving both time and money.
The beautiful thing about Yamuna’s method is it gives YOU control over your body. You become your own physical therapist, massage therapist, chiropractor and podiatrist. You become an expert at assessing your own movement patterns, dysfunctions and postural habits that contribute to your pain and injuries. With consistent practice and awareness, you can reeducate your entire body to run, work and play with greater efficiency and ease.
To get on the ball, contact Michelle Arington to schedule an assessment, and learn about upcoming classes and events. http://bit.ly/YamunaAthens Find a certified Yamuna® practitioner in your area at www.yamunausa.com.