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    • #70961
      AvatarBenjamin Werlein
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      I am new to MobilityWOD and wow have my eyes been opened!  So thankful for Kelly, his book and for this community.  I have a couple of tightness problem areas, T-spine and tennis elbow, and I have seen some pretty amazing results from smashing and flossing after just a day.  My question is this, is it possible to smash and floss too often and crossing over from doing more harm than good?  once daily? unlimited daily?  I searched this site and also Google, but did not find anything that addressed this question.

      Thanks all.
    • #74689
      AvatarAnonymous

      Great to hear you are seeing improvements.
      Hitting problem areas daily a couple times a day is important especially in the beginning because it needs the stimuli and reminders. You can break up your session into shorter doses more often during the day.
      You want to spend quality time over time.
      You may hit the area in different ways during different sessions.
      If you do something and it doesn’t feel right or feels sketchy stop doing it.

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      AvatarKatie Hemphill
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      Hey Jim,

      You might find that, in the beginning or after a particularly aggressive session, you incur some soreness the day following your smash and flossing. When that happens, it would be a good idea to play it cool until things feel better.
      In general, if you’re smart about what you’re doing you’ll be fine to do regular work. Just respect the signals that you’re going too hard (sketchy feelings, can’t breathe, can’t relax your face), be slow and deliberate, and use the right stiffness of implement to get the job done (yoga ball vs lacrosse ball, for example).
      How much you should and can do is a very individual thing, and to some degree depends on your experience with the mobility tools. You’ll get better and better at implementing the mobilizations with practice, and you’ll learn a lot about quickly and effectively dealing with your issues.
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