Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones.....
But the Stick can make you me feel so good.
OK, I'm getting way ahead of myself. A certain type of person might be taking some of this the wrong way. So let me start from the beginning.
I have been interested in massage for as long as I can remembered and have considered pursuing it as a trade on more than one occasion.
My first roommate after I got back to LA after my brief stint in college was studying to become a masseur. I was incredibly fortunate that he needed someone to practice on, and also that he was very good at it, and would continue to get better. Sadly very soon after graduating his hands would get too tired after so many clients that my free massage run was over.
I was 19 at the time and have since had countless massages with many different techniques and styles. I am an ardent believer in the healing and restorative power of massage. It does, however, get expensive and sometimes you just need a little tweaking.
To that end, I have purchased over the years all sorts of self-massage type devices, from vibrating wands, to little wooden balls on rollers. They've all been OK to varying degrees, but I could never really hit all the different points without someone's assistance, regardless of how creative I would get.
A couple of years later, I ran across one at a store in Atlanta, where curiously enough the company is based. I gave it a go on a knot in my lower back that had been bugging me.
It was like magic. I rolled it on my calves, lower back, upper back, thighs, even my forearms. This thing was amazing.
I'm not sure where I stumbled across the Body Wrench. It was when I was getting into a lot of the body-weight conditioning.
It was a cool looking device and in its video demos featured Hannibal For King, who's one of the craziest and impressive body weight calisthenics experts alive. But I had just built some pieces that did pretty much what the Body Wrench did.
At least for the training end of things, as a tool to hit pressure point and aid in recovery, well this might be worth investigating.
And I've been rolling around on this crazy contraption for the last several days. And it already seems to be having a restorative effect.
At the very least it feels wonderful.
I haven't worked it into my exercise routine yet, but that will come soon.
"Active Release Technique (ART, also called Active Release Techniques) is a soft tissue system/movement-based massage technique developed and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. It is used to treat problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.
As adhesions build up, muscles become shorter and weaker, the motion of muscles and joints are altered, and nerves can be compressed. As a result, tissues suffer from decreased blood supply, pain, and poor mobility." from Wikipedia
It's the same basic principal behind the Body Wrench, although I would imagine an ART session from someone who really knew what they were doing would be incredible. Again though, the convenience and affordability come into play.
I'm quite happy to work with my Stick and Wrench. .