Myofascial release, a form of soft-tissue manipulation, has been used by physical therapists, D.O.s, and massage therapists for decades as a way to improve performance and relieve pain. Self Myofascial Release, or SMR, is a technique athletes and patients can use a home or in the gym to relieve pain and prevent injury, improve flexibility, and help with their own sports performance.
Two locations in the Denver area will be hosting full-day clinics on the Fundamentals of SMR using the Alexander Method this fall. Broomfield’s MBS CrossFit on Saturday, September 8, and Centennial CrossFit in Centennial on Sunday, October 7th. These clinics are open to the public, and anyone interested in improving their health and performance, or in helping their clients to do so, is encouraged to attend!
Participants will learn the SMR exercises and how to perform them correctly, which exercises to use in what circumstances, and how to know if they need to contact a medical or therapy professional rather than treating themselves.
Lori Summers, the owner of Centennial CrossFit, is a huge proponent of these methods, noting that “SMR is a great therapeutic modality for athletes, because it allows you to prevent joint problems by addressing the muscles that cause them. SMR is like getting a massage every day!”
The investment to attend the course, which includes a download of the 85-page instruction manual and an SMR ball, is only $145, and participants have the option to upgrade to include a printed manual or additional SMR tools such as a Rumble Roller.
Jen Altschuler, LMT, from Healing Massage of Colorado recommends SMR to her clients as a way to continue their healing in between massage therapy sessions. Many sports coaches and instructors from CrossFit to MMA to golf, tennis, and skiing are recommending SMR as a way to improve more quickly while reducing the risk of injury. Want to see how SMR can help you? Click for information on the Broomfield or the Centennial clinic for information or to register!