Here is a big clue, when you walk into my office or into my yoga class, the first thing I do is size up your posture. Your posture is a reflection of how you are doing overall. Neuromuscular massage therapy and yoga share one thing in common, the health of your spine and the condition of your joints.
Are you able to stand up straight? Can you sit up straight? When you take a breath do you need to lift up your shoulders? When you move do you use more muscles than the task needs? When you concentrate do you hold your breath? These little things all come together and are part of muscle aches and joint pain.
So let's throw in babying the sore area? Unless something is broken or torn, the more you change how you use an area the worse it becomes. Think about it. If you hold your arm close to your body, it will become sore. Now do it for another day, and just see how sore it becomes.Just guess what follows your protecting that sore area, a change in your posture. Remember we are a whole and not just a series of parts.