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Soft tissue massage, foam rolling and trigger point therapy are hot topics in the fitness world, and for good reason. These types of self-delivered soft tissue work can help prevent adhesions (painful knots) from forming in the fascia of your muscles, helping to maintain range of motion and exercise performance while reducing the likelihood of injury or chronic pain.
The only problem? Most people don't know to effectively use these treatments on their own—they need an instructor to guide them through the paces.
The good news is, gyms and studios are starting to acknowledge the importance of providing such classes to their clientele. For instance, the New York Health & Racquet Club began offering BodyTRAC classes to members in the fall of 2015 to teach participants how to perform soft tissue massage techniques, myofascial release therapy, trigger point therapy and mindful breathing with the assistance of an Activ8R tool.
BodyTRAC exercises and other myofascial release techniques aren't designed to build strength or make you break a sweat; rather, they increase blood flow throughout the body, resulting in better movement and an increased range of motion. In turn, fitness enthusiasts can expect to see a decrease in recovery time from other workouts as they engage in this therapy-like class.
While the BodyTRAC class is currently offered exclusively at New York Health & Racquet Club, you may find other similar classes at your local gym. Even if there's not a formal class offered, ask whether a trainer might offer an instructional seminar to interested participants. Myofacial release and other forms of soft tissue therapy are rapidly gaining a foothold in mainstream fitness, so you're bound to find someone who can help put you through the paces.
For additional information on BodyTRAC and more than 600 New York Health & Racquet Club weekly classes, visit .
Video: Myofascial release techniques for the hamstring muscles using Soft Tissue Release (STR)
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