Wellness Outside of Sessions: Inform Yourself

Kaleah McClain, FST LMT FMT NMRT.

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” – Maya Angelou

We can only work with the knowledge that we have. To improve our lifestyle, pain levels, and outlook, there has to be a time investment to educate ourselves. It is an investment, but one that is well worth it. Let’s break this down in scenario for stretching:

You may recognize the need to stretch to maintain work in sessions, to aid mobility, or simply to give yourself time to yourself during your busy day. Remembering stretches from high school athletics, you do a few of those quickly as you are thinking about it.

What does that look like if you do some research? You acknowledge that those initial stretches were a good beginning point, and you do some research on further stretching for specific areas. You target those a few times a week and see some results.

After doing additional research, you consistently find studies showing dynamic stretching to be more effective and seek out programs that offer that. You are now targeting tissue that has felt restricted for quite some time and seeing results in mobility. The effectiveness of your routine makes it easier for you to justify taking time out of your week to continue.

With just a little extra effort put into education, the results of these habits magnified. This scenario is easily applicable to most other habits we are trying to incorporate. Best of luck finding improved ways to help yourself!

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