All I gotta say is WOW! You got some really long answers there, sis!
Here is yet another “easy way,” to think about self myofascial release release.
This is courtesy of Justin Price and Mary Bratcher, but they describe SMR kinda like chewing gum before blowing up a bubble. First, you have to loosen it up before you can stretch it out to blow into and make the bubble.
hope this helps,
Right on Jeremy. It is, in my opinion, one of those terms that has worked its way into fitness jargon that makes physiologic and anatomic process much more complicated than it really is. Static stretching, after a vigorous cardiovascular workout (to elevate the temperature in the mileau of the target area(s)) is by far the most effective way to increase the range of motion about a target joint (hip, shoulder, etc.)