Flexibility Maintenance

Excerpt from Flextasy! The Book by Blue Dunn coming soon...

The foundation of success in life is good health...


At the structural level our bodies are machines.

From another angle they can be viewed as environments. As with all machines and environments, maintenance is necessary for long-term usage and enjoyment of them. We service our cars, sweep our floors, make our beds, do our dishes, empty our vacuum cleaner bags, wash our clothes, and 1001 other maintenance activities a day without thinking much about them. If we neglect any of these for any length of time, our inconvenience mounts, our home and social life suffers, and our peace of mind becomes agitated. These are all external maintenance activities.

A partial list of maintenance which relates to our personal health includes brushing our teeth, shaving, combing our hair, washing our bodies, trying to get enough sleep, and attempting to eat in ways which will benefit ourselves. These we do almost unconsciously and habitually, and to neglect them for any length of time invites trouble, either socially or health-wise. There is a third group of maintenance activities which can be classified as exercise.

We normally think of exercise as running, biking, swimming, aerobics, playing sports, or in general, rushing about like crazy, getting very tired and sweaty. This is one aspect of exercise which is very important for cardiovascular health and for gaining strength and endurance. There is, however, flexibility maintenance required for these (and all) activities which is often minimized or ignored all together, even though it is only through flexibility that our endurance, coordination, grace, balance, strength, speed, and body awareness is attained, maintained, and increased. All of these qualities benefit our chosen activities immensely.

It is primarily through increasing your flexibility that you will be able to avoid injuries, improve your performance, and hold off the onslaught of age.

Flexibility maintenance refers to the range of motion of the joints and hinges of the skeleton, made possible by tissue that is decompressed and released, and a Fascial Web which is organized. It is the rare individual, athlete or not, who maintains a flexible, pain-free, happy body.

No one desires to grow old.

This is because we equate growing old with painful, decrepit, stiff, sick bodies hobbling around with much moaning and groaning in the process. Unfortunately, this is the norm and the case for most people, people who had no intuition about, or desire to maintain, a flexible, healthy, happy body at any age.

It is not unreasonable to determine that the body needs, within any given 24-hour period, a systematic limbering up maintenance session in order to maintain an acceptable level of flexibility and range of motion movement of the body.

I believe it is only because the loss of flexibility is so slow and imperceptible that it escapes most people until the disheartening result is ever so apparent and the repercussions obvious and depressing. It is like a sheet of paper seen on edge, barely visible and of no consequence, followed by another and yet another laid on top, day after day, until a stack of these individual, nearly invisible sheets form a volume. In this case, a book whose story begins with care-free health and youthful innocence, whose plot is filled with neglect, abuse, and betrayal, and whose ending is one of disbelief, pain, and regret.

It was to avoid this unfortunately prevalent formation of plot and ensuing sad ending that this remarkable series of movements called FLEXTASY! was developed!