Should Flextasy™ be done instead of other exercise?

As I’ve stated before, Flextasy™ can, and should be, considered a prerequisite to all forms of exercise.

This means that before undertaking any rigorous workout routine (this includes yoga), you need a bottom-line level of flexibility and body awareness which Flextasy™ provides. This routine allows for continued improvement in any activity by keeping you loose and insures against commonly occurring injuries.

The above stated should be obvious. Anyone who has participated in any type of strenuous workout knows the pain often related to the exercise itself and also the following tightening up or stiffening of the body soon afterward.

This is because exercises which are made up of repetitive movements tend to bulk and shorten muscles.

This means that the joints and diaphragm / pelvic hinges these muscles cross like rubber bands, will begin to distort. This action causes acute and chronic pain, possibly temporarily relieved by the workout but unless specifically and rightly addressed, ends in injury to the joints, the soft tissue (including muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia) or both.

As muscles shorten, compensations begin occurring throughout the structural body (skeleton) resulting in loss of mobility and flexibility and destroying any chance the body has of moving in a geometrically precise, fluid manner. This loss of mobility snowballs, again ending in injury (or too much discomfort to continue exercising) if the shortening exercises (running, cycling, etc.) are kept up.

As for yoga, generally speaking, one fault lies in its ignorance of, or neglect in, addressing the diaphragm hinge and the pelvic hinge and the ways in which they were meant to interact with each other. This results in a hyper-erect body capable of contorting itself into many postures but in movement non-fluid and stiff looking due to the immobility of the two above-mentioned hinges which leads to all manner of back, neck, and shoulder problems. Too many yoga practitioners are stuck in what resembles the classic military posture with the chest thrown out, the shoulders pulled back, the lower back arched in; tension present throughout the soft tissue and the skeleton from top to bottom. Also most forms of yoga tend to be extremely linear in nature, utilizing joints in rather limited ranges of motions and over-stretching some soft tissue (the tendons and ligaments across the joints) while ignoring rest. Joints need circular movements for optimal health. Beginners with inflexible bodies are at special risk of injury because, in my opinion, yoga is an advanced method of physical therapy and should be participated in only by individuals having achieved a certain level of flexibility and possessing at least a fundamental understanding of body mechanics; and this is where Flextasy™ comes in.

Most exercise is done with a rather aggressive attitude towards the body and during the exercise we simply move out of the body and into the head.

We tell the body to perform or else, regardless of the level of negative feedback we receive from it and heedless of the risk of injury or damage. Because of this tendency all exercise programs will benefit immensely from the addition of Flextasy™ to them by not only freeing the body to allow it to function in a more efficient manner but also in its ability to enhance awareness of proper body mechanics by giving the practitioner an experience of how all the skeletal pieces can move independently from one another and then finally, the fluid integration of the whole structure. The result is that any movement asked of the body will be easier to perform and will be more structurally correct. The added benefits of eliminating chronic aches and pains as well as lessening the chance of injuries make the addition of Flextasy™ to your existing exercise program hard to resist.

By itself Flextasy™ has great merit.

It is a great way to restore and maintain a flexible, toned body which is a pleasure to inhabit and is especially recommended for those who do not do any form of exercise, for whatever reasons. As the body begins to come alive, perhaps the practitioner will be inspired to take up other forms of exercise which may include a cardiovascular workout without which no exercise regime is complete.

Flextasy™ provides the necessary foundation of flexibility and body awareness upon which all other activities must build if one is to excel and remain free from injury.