Field Test: Static stretching is dead. For faster recovery and enhanced pre-skiing flexibility, enter the “soft tissue mobilization” age. (It’s also known as self-massage, but Cotton Mather Swami goes blind just thinking about that term.) Swami has used foam rollers for years, but recently added the Accupoint to his regimen for the wonders it does loosening his sculpted calves. Don’t pretend you haven’t noticed.
Why It’s Timeless: Much of that stiff and sore feeling you get from living well is from fascia—picture that white translucent second skin on a chicken breast—sticking to muscle. Roll it out for mobility. $15; sklz.com —Swami
From the Winter 2015 issue.