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Why Stretch? How Moving Keeps You Young
Moriah Diederich, Yoga Mojo
Holistic Yoga Therapist™, RYT500, Accessible Yoga Ambassador
It’s not that you’re getting old. It’s that you haven’t stretched out in a while.
According to Gil Hedley, Ph.D., founder of Integral Anatomy Productions, LLC, and Somanautics Workshops, Inc., we’ve just grown fuzz over our connective tissues and it hasn’t been removed yet.
In his famous “Fuzz Speech,” he explains what the fuzz is, how it builds-up and makes us feel “old,” and why it’s so important for us to stretch and move every day – especially as we grow older.
This is the famous “Fuzz Speech” by Gil Hedley. He explains in 5 minutes exactly why we feel “old”, stiff and immobile. But more importantly, he explains why we need to stretch and move everyday. PLEASE NOTE: There is footage of human cadavers in this video, so you may not want to eat while watching.
This speech has profoundly impacted my life, and more to the point, how much I move on a daily basis. I used to sit all day – at the breakfast table, in my car, at work, and at home watching TV. But now, thanks to Gil and his awesome video, I know that my body – your body – every body – grows fuzz (like cobwebs) that builds up around your muscles and the surrounding fascia every night. If, like a cat, you wake up in the morning and stretch out, you break up and remove the fuzz that built-up during the night.
If, however, you don’t stretch out during the day and remain fairly limited in your movements, the fuzz you accumulated the night before remains. And if you continue day-after-day to not move and stretch, this fuzz will continue building up. Eventually, this accumulated fuzz becomes really dense and difficult to break up, limiting our movements even further.
The good news is that the stiffness you feel isn’t due to “getting older” but the fuzz you’ve accumulated during your years of life.
All of us have some fuzz we need to stretch, move and massage out. It’s part of life. And the best news is that you can do something about it. Right now. Let me show you how.
I would like to thank Gil Hedley for making this video to educate us all on how our bodies work and build up “fuzz.” It is because of his work that I was able to write this post and understand how to live better in my own body.
FEEL BETTER IN YOUR BODY!
I am passionate about helping my clients learn how to realign themselves in order to breathe, move and live better. Please contact me if you would like to learn how to incorporate more movement to decrease your daily aches and pains. I’d love to help you feel better in your body!
Moriah Diederich is a certified Holistic Yoga Therapist, E-RYT 500 and Accessible Yoga Ambassador, and has been featured on KGW8 Portland Today. She owns Yoga Mojo & Movement Therapy in Vancouver, WA, where she offers holistic yoga therapy and private yoga classes customized for each client and their specific needs. Moriah is passionate about helping people move more comfortably on a daily basis with the energy to enjoy family, community and the world around us. She believes that every individual can benefit from yoga because the practice is accessible to everyone and teaches us how to sustain healthy movement for life. Moriah lives in Camas, Washington with her best friend and husband Bret Canfield and their two furry kids: a couch potato Pitbull named Rookie, and a sweet and sassy green-eyed cat named Evie.
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