Are there types of massage I can do myself to help improve my flexibility?

Yes, self-massage (using a foam roll) can be done on your own. A foam roll is a tool to used to apply self-massage to varies muscles in the body. Place your body weight on the foam roll and move slowly up and down on a muscle, searching for tender areas or "knots" in the muscle. Once you find a tender area, stop and hold the pressure for 30 seconds. The pressure will cause the nervous system to send signals to the muscles causing them to relax. The cummulative benefits of self-massage include greater relaxation, a decrease in knots in your muscles, a decrease in tension, and an increase in blood supply to help flush out toxins. The premise is the same as a getting a deep-tissue sports massage, although the foam roll cannot penetrate as deeply as a well-trained massage therapist.

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