Sometimes when we sit at work all day or get to the gym to warmup, we feel extremely tight and feel this inherent need to hang out with a foam roller for a half hour.
This can happen for two reasons:
1. The muscie is actually tight.
2. We have a sensation of tightness.
If you find that your muscle is truly tight and you find relief from this, then stretch away! A lot of times, though, we find that our bodies just want to MOVE.
When we sit down for long periods of time, our nervous system starts to hone in on this and question whether or not we feel safe here. Since our bodies are inherently meant to move, our brain sends signals to our muscles to scream out to us, signaling that something doesn't seem right. A lot of times, this presents as the muscle feeling "tight". Instead of just smashing this feeling away, let's try to get some movement and proprioception to those muscles so our brain can take a chill pill.
In a quadruped position, take five minutes to go through the following:
Segmental cat cows
Shoulder CARs (thrown in with a little toe dorsiflexion for some extra ) Take your time and move slowly through these movements, concentrating on the rotational aspect of the shoulder and hip.
Give your joints some love, and see if that sensation of "tightness" dissipates a bit when you stand.