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Look After Your Connective Tissue

Perfect time to remind you all of the importance of Self-myofascial release (SMR), particularly as it is freezing cold and for those of you that do suffer with aches, pains and stiffness in your muscles and joints, then listen up folks as this will help you greatly!


lorraine mitchell fitness
Self Myofascial Release

(SMR) is a form of self-massage aimed at releasing tension and improving the flexibility of the fascia. Yes, that word I throw around in class A LOT ha ha. Fascia is a type of connective tissue that surrounds and protects muscles, bones, and organs. The importance of self-myofascial release and connective tissue care includes several key benefits:

  • SMR helps break up fascial adhesions and restrictions, promoting better mobility and flexibility. This can enhance performance, reduce muscle stiffness, and improve overall movement.

  • Myofascial release techniques can help alleviate muscular and fascial pain. By targeting trigger points and tight areas, SMR can contribute to pain reduction and improved comfort.

  • Regular use of self-myofascial release can aid in preventing and addressing muscular imbalances. This is particularly important for you all as you engage in repetitive movements and/or activities that may lead to uneven stress on muscles and connective tissue.

  • SMR promotes increased blood flow to the targeted areas. Improved circulation helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and fascia, supporting tissue health and recovery.

  • By addressing restrictions in the fascia, self-myofascial release can lead to an enhanced range of motion. This is beneficial for both everyday activities and performance.

  • SMR can be a valuable component of injury prevention. By addressing tightness and imbalances in the connective tissue, you may reduce the risk of strains, sprains, and overuse injuries.

  • The pressure applied during myofascial release can have a calming effect on the nervous system, promoting relaxation and reducing stress levels. This can be particularly beneficial if dealing with stress-related muscle tension.

  • Incorporating self-myofascial release into a post-exercise routine can help expedite recovery. It may reduce muscle soreness and stiffness, allowing for quicker recovery between workouts.

  • SMR can complement the efforts of physical therapy. It provides you with tools to continue their self-care outside of therapy sessions, promoting ongoing maintenance and support for the connective tissue.

  • Practicing self-myofascial release encourages you to tune into your body and become more aware of areas of tension or discomfort. This heightened awareness can contribute to proactive self-care and injury prevention.


So, as well as stretching out, take advantage of self-myofascial release tools, such as foam rollers or massage balls to incorporate into your daily routine. All covered in my Flex classes, whereby I guide you on correct technique and form, targeting areas effectively and avoiding potential injury. And you also have my expert advice on hand to assist you, being a qualified GP Referral personal trainer as well. More so, you can also access my online FLEX classes that demonstrates SMR in more detail by clicking here


In summary, don't let your injuries or ailments get you down. Get moving, get mobile and get expert advice if need be. Don't be afraid to reach out. I'm here if you need to discuss further xxx

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