Yamuna® Body Rolling is a practice of mindful movement and self-treatment open to all fitness levels and developed to prevent injury.
When your body undergoes stress, whether from your morning workout or from long bouts of working at a desk, your muscles lock up under the pressure — your legs cramp, your back aches, your shoulders and neck tense from the physiological reflex of fight or flight. Blood flow is restricted, soft tissue becomes oxygen-starved, and metabolites build up, causing discomfort and pain.
The best approach for immediate relief is through massage, where pressure, movement, and heat act to lengthen muscle fibers, increasing circulation and flushing out the build-up of of those metabolites. Stretching is good here too, as it returns the muscles back to their original length.
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Yamuna Body Rolling
A form of massage and myofascial release, this practice uses various balls to release muscular tension and tightness caused by stress and body imbalances. Yamuna developed her technique more than 30 years ago as a way to target specific parts of the body that suffer the most wear and tear. It's similar to foam rolling, but more effective for targeting specific muscles and myofascial lines, getting deep into the body's contours in and around joints, opening up range of motion, and creating space to restore alignment.
Pete has been the foremost practitioner of Yamuna techniques in Philadelphia for over 20 years.
A single body rolling session can last anywhere from 10 to 90 minutes, covering the entire body or focusing on specific impingements and muscle groups. The practitioner uses one or more of three Yamuna® balls varying in size and hardness, to guide you in applying small movements along muscle and bone using only your body weight, while slow and controlled breathing relaxes tension and stress. And once learned, you can take these techniques with you to work on any trouble spots any time.
Own Your Care
Moving your feet, legs, hips, torso, arms, shoulders, and neck through a full range of motion is an important factor in preventing injury, reducing pain, and performing well in your chosen activity. Adding to your morning workout, daily yoga practice, or even as a break from workday stress, improvement in movement is easily within reach. Learn techniques you can apply now and keep for life.