Who doesn’t love a good massage? Who doesn’t wish they could have one every day?
Guess what – you can!
Using a foam roller is a great way to achieve the same positive benefits of soft tissue mobilization on a regular basis. Foam rolling is a great addition to traditional stretching, primarily because of its ability to target soft tissue mobility in all directions of motion (where as stretching typically only affects one direction). Foam rolling can safely be done on a daily basis, either before or after exercise, or on its own. If you haven’t used a foam roller before, or in quite some time, you may find it initially quite uncomfortable. This is completely normal. Think of it like flossing your teeth: when you first start, your gums bleed a bit, but if you do it consistently, after a week or two your gums build up a tolerance to it and it doesn’t bother them any more. Same principle applies with the foam roller: the first few days may be pretty uncomfortable, but if you
stick with it on a daily basis, after a week or two it will start feeling really great.
See the link below for demonstrations of how to target different muscle groups. We recommend spending a few minutes on each muscle group.
1. Protect your back! Use your core muscles to keep your back supported and aligned in a neutral position.
2. Work long muscle groups in short segments to take stress off your shoulders.
3. Breathe, and smile. It helps relax your nervous system!
Check out our foam rolling website for VIDEO demonstrations of different foam rolling activities.
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