|Releasing the glutes on a foam roller|
What is foam rolling? As one writer in the Perform Better link below said, “It’s the poor man’s massage therapy.” A foam roller is generally a 36-inch long cylindrical piece of foam tubing that is used with your body weight to apply pressure to soft tissues/muscles, not unlike accupressure. It’s called self-myofascial release “self-massage”. I tell my clients it’s ironing out your muscles!
I was introduced to foam roller by my own personal trainer about five years ago, and having been using it ever since. I am a self-taught student of trigger point therapy, massage and myofacial release, which is essentially the soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. I have found it to be very beneficial to myself and clients in easing muscle tightness, ridding knots and helping my flexibility.
As always, I am NOT a physician and you need to ALWAYS check with your doctor before starting any kind of physical/exercise routine!!
Below are some wonderful articles that explain foam rolling and provide methods of usage, including videos. Exercise (and release) your rolling muscles today, and have a great weekend!
Read these articles!!!