Is this your first time hearing about foam rolling? Have you seen one before but couldn’t figure out what the person was doing on it?
What is Foam Rolling?
Foam rolling has been gaining popularity among fitness professionals and their clients for many years. It allows you to take care of your soft tissue (the tissue that holds your muscle fibers together) without the cost of a massage therapist. There are many benefits to foam rolling so it’s about time everyone took notice and made it a part of their exercise routine.
Foam rolling requires the use of a FOAM ROLLER that is generally 6 inches thick and 36 inches long. Foam rollers come in different levels. The less dense it is, the less pressure will be applied to the muscle. Self massage can be painful when first starting because the fascia is tight, but over time the fascia will release. We always recommend beginning with a less dense roller and working your way up to a denser roller.
Why practice foam rolling?
Foam rolling will help prevent injury and improve recovery from a workout or injury. It can be done before or after a workout and takes 5-10 minutes to complete. It targets areas of overuse or injury and gets the muscle/fascia to release. Basically, you’re ironing out the muscle and fascia to lie properly, which will improve range of motion and posture. Foam rolling is also going to increase blood flow to the areas you’re rolling out so it’s great to do before you stretch. Some fitness coaches would even tell you that stretching is almost useless without rolling first.
What is the procedure for foam rolling?
You’ll be rolling out all the large muscle groups in your body and will need to roll the entire length of each muscle a couple of times. When you find tight areas (called “trigger points”), spend extra time trying to get those muscles to release. You can spend up to 30 seconds on the trigger points. The focus should be on muscles and not joints. If you are really tight or sore, you can foam roll (self-massage) up to 12 times a day.
Start foam rolling today. Every home, work place, and gym should have a foam roller. It is not only great for recovery but will also give you a greater sense of well-being and relaxation.