Function 4 Life came about as a collaboration between three friends who also have a professional/client relationship. Dave has been Jo’s Trainer for 5 years working her through dysfunction on her right side following hip resurfacing surgery three years previous. Their work intensified when Jo went back to school at Wayne State University to become a College Golfer at 50 years old. Correct posture, stamina, flexibility and strength all became ‘must haves’ for Jo to fulfil the requirements of college athletics. With the increased workload Niki came on aboard to provide myofascial release and massage and Dave added PNF Stretching to the mix.
For three years, this combination developed together with Dave and Niki adding to their qualifications to broaden their skill set into Movement Specialists. With the increase in specialist stretching facilities, Dave, Niki and Jo wanted to share their broader range of services to everyone: Athletes, weekend warriors, desk workers, habitual cell phone users (think ‘text neck’), etc..
They found an ideal location at WeWork in downtown Detroit and are now hoping to contribute to the fast paced recovery of Detroit.
At Function 4 Life, PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation – for the technical among you) Stretching and Myofascial Release go hand in hand in keeping your muscles healthy.
Our everyday lives necessitate us being in the same posture too much – think desk work and driving – and it’s rarely the correct posture. This leads to muscles becoming shortened and tight due to overuse and fatigue. Additionally, we form adhesions and connective tissue which is not needed and this is where myofascial release aids
Myofascial Pain is sensitivity and tightness in your myofascial tissues. These are the tissues which surround and support the muscles throughout your body. The pain originates from ‘trigger points’ but it is not easy to understand what trigger point is responsible for what pain. Hence our borrowed motto “Pain: where you think it is, it ain’t” Ida Rolf.
To be a little bit technical, stretching and/or massage and/or myofascial release create a dialogue between the sensory (how we feel) neurons and motor (how we move) neurons which is crucial for healthy tissue.
The combination of myofascial release and PNF stretching increase blood flow to our muscles and leads to a lengthened, healthy, functional muscle. Lengthened muscles are flexible and less likely to be injured. They can perform in maintaining correct posture and efficient movement, so our bodies can stay young looking for longer and free us to live an active life.