Voodoo Floss for One and All!
Written by Michele Vieux
The father in My Big Fat Greek Wedding always prescribed Windex as a cure all. Well lately, Voodoo Floss has been mine and I’ve been seeing great success with many people who have been curious enough to try after seeing me use it and hearing my story.
I had knee surgery ten months ago and had a rough recovery and was still unable to do many basic daily living activities even 8 months later. It was bad enough that I was scheduled for another knee surgery to go in and clean up scar tissue and debris. Luckily, I had the opportunity to work with Kelly Starrett, of MobilityWOD, a week before my scheduled surgery. After about 20 minutes with him and some Voodoo Floss, I could suddenly do all the things I hadn’t been able to for months. I kept up the flossing and cancelled my surgery.
Now that you guys have been seeing me, and others, Voodoo Flossing, I have been receiving a ton of interest along with questions on what it’s all about.
Out With the Old & In With the New
Voodoo Floss helps break up intramuscular junk to allow for greater mobility and blood supply to the area. By squeezing the muscle in a tight wrap then forcing it through ROM, friction between muscle fibers helps break up fuzz, scar tissue, lactic acid and other junk in those tiny places that foam rolling and lacrosse ball techniques can’t address.
Healing & Cleansing Power
When you release the band, a rush of blood washes through the muscle not only bringing it nutrients for growth and healing but also clearing out all that junk you just broke up. This is also true for injury recovery and can be used to aid the healing of strained tissue.
Stretching Those Hard to Stretch Places
To work elbows and knees and the little pieces within, wrap one band above and one band below the joint then do some squats or push-ups. When you put the joint through ROM with bands anchored on either side, they stretch everything in between which can greatly improve not only joint ROM but also pain, stiffness and tendonitis.
Good to Go vs. Probably a No No
Good: shoulders, arms, elbows, wrists, hands, thighs/hamstrings, calf, ankle, foot
No No: head, face, neck, chest, torso, abdomen, back, over knee cap (this one is your call but I don’t think it feels very nice)
Test and retest the ROM and/or do one side and compare it to the other the first few times you Voodoo so you can see what a difference it makes. After you’re a pro, you can wrap more than one body part at a time and come up with your own movements and motions with them on depending on your needs and what feels like it works best for you.
For more information about Voodoo Floss, check out MobilityWOD and hear the master of the floss himself describe and demonstrate its many benefits.