Friday, 27 December 2013

MYYO Technique and Yoga

Sometimes after a yoga class we feel really good and the body is flexible and relaxed. Sometimes if we have strained ourselves and try using yoga to 'stretch it out' we may feel worse after the class. Why is this??

This is a likely reason:
If one has active trigger points within a muscle after a recent or 'long-ago'' injury, these may be activated by stretching. MYYO Technique is a way to release these muscle knots or trigger points and after that the muscle is stretched in a specific manner to keep that muscle from re-knotting and therefore the trigger point is de-activated. The client is given home-work stretches to do afterwards to prevent the re-occurrence.

A simple explanation
If one ties a rope between 2 trees, one tree is rigid and strong and one tree is young and flexible, and give the rope a tug. The most likely outcome is that the flexible tree would bend and give and the old tree would remain upright. Once the rope is released the young tree returns to its upright position.

Now if one ties a few knots into the same rope, the young tree would remain bent after the rope was released due to the shortened effect of the rope (by the knots). If one then pulls the young tree upright again there would be immense tightening and strain on the rope, the fibres on either side of the knots would take strain and may even start to tear due to this overstretching. This is similar to what happens in the muscles when there are trigger points (knots), and if they are not released the muscle is jeopardised and a worse injury may result. The other effect is that muscle flexibility is compromised - those tight hamstrings that never seem to lengthen... yes, you're right they are most likely full of trigger points.

Benefits of having a MYYO treatment on your Yoga practice
One word - flexibility !!!

The MYYO Technique practitioner will release the trigger points in areas of your body and pain is released along with them as well as an increase in flexibility.

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