If you sit all day long, try leg flossing to loosen up

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My legs are always sore and tight, thanks to all the boot camps, running, and dog walking I task them with. I try everything I can to loosen them up, from taking a Theragun to my quads to stretching in every single position—but I’ve never quite been able to shake the feeling of cement-heavy legs post-workout.

My legs are always sore and tight, thanks to all the boot camps, running, and dog walking I task them with. I try everything I can to loosen them up, from taking a Theragun to my quads to stretching in every single position—but I’ve never quite been able to shake the feeling of cement-heavy legs post-workout.

If you’ve ever done shoulder flossing—another yoga-based move that I fell in love with recently—you’ll know that anything dubbed “flossing” really brings fluidity to your body (not to mention, it just feels divine). Miller explains to me that her practice is based on Taoism, which views the body as its own little universe. “We have our own networks of circulation, land masses—organs and muscles—delicate ecosystems, and homeostasis,” she says. “Joints are like bends in the river, places where garbage collects. We want everything to flow, nothing to get caught and create stagnation.” This is exactly why she’s partial to cleaning out, articulating, moving, and stimulating the joints, all so that your body can flow better. “Cleaning the joints ensures that blood, energy, lymph, and emotions can flow rather than get caught.”

When doing leg flossing, you’re basically working the legs in ways and movements that they’re not used to feeling. “Spherical movements in the joints let you break out of the box and move organically, exactly how you want to move—and you really can’t mess it up,” says Miller. Considering how your legs most likely only move in a unilateral direction (when you’re not sitting at your desk, of course), this leg flossing moves them all around in every single direction, which is really, really good for their health.

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