Don't forget the feet, ankles and lower leg!
I was reminded of the importance of massaging the feet and ankles after attending a continuing education class with local massage therapist educator, Pat O'Rourke. Not only does massage of the feet and ankles make them feel more flexible and alive but the benefits can translate up the body to the hips, back and neck. I find that many people's feet can be ridgid, especially runners, but with some concentrated effort on mobility, myofascial work and deep tissue massage, the flexibility can be greatly improved. Prevention of injury is the best reason to keep the feet and ankles and lower leg flexible. If the feet or ankles are stiff, their range of movement is limited and focuses the force of energy into concentrated area's on the body that cause pain and eventually injury. instead keep them loose and let the distrubution of pressure on the tendons and muscles be more broad and keep your feet and ankles injury and pain free.