Yamuna® BodyRolling (YBR®) is a highly effective approach to health and fitness using balls designed exclusively for this practice. It consists of a series of routines using 6 to 10-inch balls, as well as specially designed tools for working with hands and feet. Unlike other ball exercises, YBR® allows individuals to work specific muscles in detail, creating suppleness in tight areas and optimize range of motion. YBR® works the way hands-on therapy works – only you are your own therapist. Skilled use of specially-designed balls and other tools replace the practitioner’s hands to stretch muscles, dislodge tension and discomfort, increase blood flow, and promote healing.
The theory behind Yamuna® Body Rolling is that tension starts where the muscle originates-in the dense fibrous tendons that anchor them to bone. It’s this precise attention to stretching muscles from tendon to tendon that makes the exercise unique. Lying over the ball, practitioners literally roll their bodies out like dough, stretching and elongating your muscles. Using specifically designed balls, YBR® also enables individuals to understand foot problems and their relationship to alignment and function of the rest of the body, and begins to rebuild healthy, strong, flexible and aligned feet. Using these same balls for the upper limbs, YBR® decreases pain and realigns stiff and achy hands, arms, and shoulders.
YBR® routines follow specific sequences that match the body’s own logic and order. Starting where each muscle begins, at its origin, practitioners roll toward where it attaches at its insertion. Working with the body’s own gravity, the exercises ease movement in the muscles to the point of relaxation, offering one of the finest weight-bearing exercises with the benefits of a deep self-massage therapy treatment. In addition, over time YBR® “reeducates” muscles and stimulates bone, creating positive, permanent changes in the body.
Physiologically, YBR® used on the spine, stimulates nerve roots, encouraging lymphatic drainage and increasing metabolism. Each pair of nerve roots stimulates a specific organ function. Because of this stimulation, internal organs and systems can function better and sets off a deep relaxation response. Similarly, as YBR® abdominal routines are performed, organs of digestion are stimulated. Reductions in edema and constipation are routinely reported by people practicing YBR®. These positive effects can help individuals to maintain the high energy levels required to consistently revitalize their own home and work lives.
Yamuna® BodyRolling can be a stand-alone practice or can be used in tandem with other therapies such massage therapy, chiropractic, physical therapy, yoga, pilates and gyrotonic, movement and bodywork, running, fitness, and dance.
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