You’re flying down the mountainside, you can feel the excitement of speed and your body is smoothly gyrating from side-to-side. You’re in control and life is good!
Later, at the lodge, or maybe not until you get home, you start to feel dull, but throbbing pain in your hips and knees, and maybe even in your low back. You try a hot bath with some Epsom Salt, it helps but not enough. You start to do some stretching to ease the tension in your joints.
Stretching isn’t the best thing to do because you have multiple spasms (knots) in your muscle fibers. Think of what would happen if you took a rope, tied it into knots, and then tried to stretch it back to its original length. The knots would get more complicated and the fibers outside of the knots would get overstretched. This is what happens when you try to stretch your muscles to ease joint pain and stiffness.
First you need to release the spasms, but you need to know where the spasms are located, and that’s where Julstro comes in.
There is a phenomenon called “muscle memory” that causes a muscle that is held in the contracted position to actually become shorter. As you were skiing you contracted (shortened) your Psoas muscle and your Hamstrings, and after you took off your ski boots, your Quadriceps contracted each time you straightened your legs to walk.
The whole time you are skiing the odds are good that you aren’t feeling the tension in your Psoas or Hamstrings since they are going into the shortened position, but you will feel them as you take off your boots and stand up straight. The most common feeling is stiffness, which makes you want to stretch.
To improve your ability to ski at higher and higher levels, it’s important to have strong muscles. But it’s equally important for you to have flexible joints, and tight muscles will prevent joint flexibility. To compound the situation, the same muscles you use to ski, you use every day to sit at your desk or in your car. It’s easy to repetitively strain these muscles.
Fortunately it’s also easy to self-treat the muscles that you use repetitively each time you ski. Julstro shows you where the spasms are located, and then shows you how to treat each individual muscle so you can flush out the toxins you create from repetitive movements, and you can safely stretch your muscle fibers back to their proper length.