It’s the start of a new year, which means it’s time to think about New Year’s resolutions. Although it’s never too soon or too late to pursue a meaningful intention in your life, the new year can provide a clear starting point and motivating date on the calendar. For many, the new year serves as an impetus for movement and change in life.
If your New Year’s resolution centers around wellness, then the Nadi Ball Method can help you take the first step toward positive change—and this is especially true if your New Year’s resolution is focused on improving physical fitness.
Ready to start on your health and fitness journey? Read on to learn how you can use the Nadi Ball Method and myofascial release to enhance your athletic performance.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is the connective tissue that wraps around the bone and every muscle, nerve, and blood vessel in the body. Take a look at these previous blogs to learn more about different types of fascia and some key figures in fascia research. This connective tissue is present throughout the entire body system, which is why it is so important to ensure that it remains as healthy as possible.
The Danger of Repetitive Overuse Injuries
When the body continuously moves in a strained, tense manner, the fascia can become disorganized—almost like an internal scab or scaffolding that has formed to try to hold up an unstable structure. As this incorrect body movement continues, the fascia scarring only becomes more and more ingrained. This fascia build up causes further strained movement… which then causes further fascia build up… which then causes further strained movement… which then…
Well, you get the picture. All of this strain can lead to something we call “repetitive overuse injuries,” which can have a hugely detrimental effect on your fitness and athletic training.
Fascia Work to Enhance Athletic Performance
Myofascial release helps to resolve this tension in your connective tissues. By restructuring the pathways, you can break out of the cycle of stress and restore your body’s natural, healthy movement. A 2014 systematic review concluded that myofascial release therapies “effectively increase range of motion without decreasing muscular function, resulting in increased movement efficiency and decreased injury risk,” which is the key combination for athletic training. Massage Today and Athletic Muscle both reiterate this finding, explaining the benefits of fascia work before and after athletic training to prevent injury and help with muscle recovery. “It’s no surprise why this is a common practice used by a variety of sports medicine practitioners today,” Athletic Muscle states.
The Nadi Ball Method
Unlike traditional foam rollers, which are often unnecessarily painful and lead to further stress on the body, the Nadi Ball Method uses soft and pliable Nadi Balls. It focuses on wellness, the mind-body connection, and long-term strategies to encourage healthy, sustainable movement. Whether you are training for a specific sporting event or simply want to improve your overall athleticism, the Nadi Ball Method can help guide you on this fitness journey.