If you practice yoga or regularly stretch after workouts you may have noticed areas of your body that seem tight and restricted, no matter what you do. These tension patterns or muscles that have tightness due to the way you move, have become your reality of living in your body. When’s the last time you shifted your tissue and felt those tight areas relax and unwind?
Perhaps you're one of the lucky few who can regularly visit a massage therapist, otherwise, chances are low that basic stretching or hanging out on the lacrosse ball or foam roller will adequately stimulate your muscle tissue to fully release the tension carried day to day in our bodies.
The reason is complete tissue recovery requires depth of force and a appropriate length time.
This can be understood by thinking back to your last visit to your favorite massage therapist who has learned how to sink and melt tissue and penetrate into deeper fibers slowly and without causing you to tighten up. Your body requires time to adapt and shift to a ‘positive stimulus’ and for the blood flow to enter in through the capillaries and change the viscosity of the fascial tissue. The key to this experience of release, also called a ‘cascade of healing,’ is measured in hours, not minutes and needs precision to target deeper fibers.
Let's face it, most of us are bored and done with our recovery efforts before an actual shift in tissue tension is experienced.
How long do you really spend lying on the floor at the gym on the foam roller? And who of us can afford a visit to the massage therapist after each hard workout we put in?
But without the commitment to deep stretches over time, you're allowing the pattern of tension to continue to be your daily experience. You're living with the pain every day.
This is why we created the STARwrap. The STARwrap can be used directly strapped to your arm or leg to gently and deeply work on your muscle tension while you carry on with your life. Or, it can be strapped around a foam roller to add the depth of pressure needed to release some of the hardest to reach muscles. We like to think of it as a massage therapist on the go.