Why I Sleep with a Tennis Ball

By Lori Robbins

One of my students just revealed a deep dark secret.

Tennis balls are used in my weekly class to roll out and I encourage students to roll during the day. This student admitted that the beloved tennis ball has now migrated to her bed.

I would propose that this is actually a wise decision. Just listen to Gil Hedley, the founder of Integral Anatomy, give a speech about “Fuzz”. Fuzz is the growth of fibers that inhibit muscle movement. His “Fuzz Speech” is fun to listen to and you can access on Youtube.

Below is a partial transcript of Gil’s “Fuzz Speech”:

“…each night when you go to sleep, the interfaces between your muscles grow fuzz potentially and in the morning when you wake up and you stretch, the fuzz melts. We melt the fuzz. That stiff feeling you have is the solidifying of your tissues, the sliding surface aren’t sliding anymore, there is fuzz growing in-between them. You need to stretch. (but you don’t)author’s edit

Last night’s fuzz doesn’t get melted.  I go to bed. I sleep some more. Now I have two nights fuzz built up. Now two nights fuzz is more than one nights fuzz. Now what if I have a week’s fuzz or a month’s fuzz? Now those fuzz fibers start lining up and intertwining and intertwining and all of a sudden you have thicker fibers forming. You start to have an inhibition of the potential for movement there. It’s no longer simply a matter of going ooh ahh stretch. Now you need some work.”

So, I believe that one of the great benefits of body work whether it be massage or structural therapies or physical therapy or any kind of hands on therapy. These types of therapies introduce movement manually to tissues that have become fuzzed over through lack of movement …. you know that you can take responsibility for melting the fuzz and if there is too much fuzz in your body and it’s frozen up, you might want to seek help in order to introduce movement so that the new cycle is a little more movement and a little more movement and a little more movement instead of a little less movement and a little less movement and a little less movement.”

So sleeping creates Fuzz — Ball Rolling helps release Fuzz.

With our modern life style usually comes a modern lack of movement.  We over use some parts and barely use others. So start rolling in bed before you sleep and after you wake.

One body part that may have a lot of Fuzz is your feet.  The use of shoes since the time we are born has helped immobilized our feet and ankles.

Foot exercises and Ball rolling can help reduce foot fuzz like Plantar Fasciitis and hammer toes among other things.

If you want to learn more about massaging and exercising your feet to keep them healthy and Fuzz-less, please join me on January 28th from 1pm to 3:30 for my Healthy Feet workshop at Willow Glen Yoga.

Sign up at www.willowglenyoga or visit yogirelease.com for more information.