To help bring your body out of a state of stress, out of fight or flight mode, and into a more objective, more relaxed state, try these instrument assisted tissue mobilization techniques.

Performance Coach, Dan Palacios, talks on instrument assisted tissue mobilization. One of the common misconceptions about these types of modalities is mashing the muscles and breaking down the knots. We tend to believe that, and more research is coming out on this, we’re desensitizing the tissues. Your body is one big pressure-sensitive computer, and anytime it experiences a touch, your body identifies as a good touch, bad touch, or neutral.

With that said, we utilize some external tools that can help to create a buffer. The most important factor is that you can handle the amount of pressure being applied so that you can relax and breathe into it and essentially force those tissues to settle down, come out of a spasm state and begin to relax.

We want to move the body away from fight or flight mode, be able to breathe, and utilize other techniques, which we even talked about in other series like Movement Drills and Just Breathe and eventually move into a more objective state where you can work on progressing through the amount of pain or the amount of discomfort that is being applied with the tool.

Dan Palacios

Strength, Conditioning and Personal Performance coach and founder of Live Kinetically

Dan has 10 years of experience working with all manner of clients from elite athletes to young children and adults with special needs. With over 15,000 hours of time spent with real people who have faced unimaginable odds, Dan has come to understand human condition and it’s undeniable relation to biology as well as bio-mechanics. Dan’s goal is to guide and inspire people to redefine the meaning of health. To make humanity stronger and more resilient, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually is his primary mission.

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