First and foremost, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Joseph Flores, but most people know me as Joe or JFlo and I am the owner and founder of JFlo Therapy. I have been practicing as a Licensed Massage Therapist for about 17 years now, and I am continuously learning via certifications and workshops in order to better serve and treat my clients. I have also been doing crossfit for approximately two years, which has helped me gain a better insight into the recovery and therapy that most athletes require.
Athletes and non-athletes alike, tend to neglect to work on their mobility and fail to realize the important role it plays in our everyday lives. Proper mobility, stretching, and recovery are a crucial part of ensuring that our bodies can function properly, whether it be performing a weightlifting or Crossfit movement, or avoiding injury while trying to stand up after having been sitting down at a desk. My goal is to fill in the gaps where they are needed and I strive to educate my clients and help them in bettering their athletic careers and their lifestyles.
Today, the focus of the video is the upper body, particularly since the last few Soul at Home workouts have concentrated on upper body movements. We are going to go over some movements, by Functional Range Conditioning, that are meant to help promote mobility in the shoulder and scapular area.
The first movement that I am performing is a simple backward and forward circular rotation of the scapula while maintaining a tight core. The focus is to ensure that you are only moving the scapula and engaging the target area in order to effectively mobilize it. I did this with both arms for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
The second movement that I am performing is a complete shoulder rotation where I am first bringing my arm up toward the sky with the palm of my hand facing upward, all while ensuring that the wrist and elbow is locked and stiff and I am engaging my core so that it remains tight. As the rotation comes above my head, the directionality of the palm turns so that it is facing downward as it comes down to my side. These movements are repeated as you bring the arm around from the other direction and when you move on to the next arm as well.
As I mention in the video, these movements may seem difficult and perhaps even painful at first, but should you incorporate them into a mobility regimen in order to continuously promote movement of these joints. If you perform these movements on a regular basis you will begin to notice significant changes and you should also begin to experience increased mobility with a decrease in any pain or discomfort you may have felt previously. Additionally, you may notice an improvement in your athletic movements or daily movements. All in all, you must remember to focus on your recovery and your mobility movements so that your body can thank you and respond positively even after all the things you put it through!
If you have any questions, want to learn more about how you can work on mobility, or are interested in booking a session or purchasing a gift card, you can email me directly at JFloTherapy20@gmail.com. Remember to stay safe, stay healthy, and keep #floin!