Unlock Your Body: Release Chronic Tightness

By
Sarah St. Pierre
Side view of a young woman doing pranayama with her eyes closed. The concept of meditation.

Many people ask me how long it will take them to release chronic tightness or get out of pain. I wish I could answer this question, but the truth is that everyone’s patterns of muscular tension and pain are unique. There is no way for me or anyone else to accurately predict a time frame for the learning and healing process. Some people experience significant benefits within the first few days of practicing the exercises, while for others it takes much longer.

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