Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Roll your way to fit!?

Maybe not, but I do swear by these little foam rollers. I keep one under my bedside table and try to spend a few minutes on it a few times a week.

In the words of my illustrious Pilates instructor of 5 years, "it is the poor man's masseuse." It does indeed work -- you can literally feel it working. Ouch! That's when you know you really need it.

The foam roller not only stretches muscles and tendons but it also breaks down soft tissue adhesions (this is where the ouch! enters the picture) and scar tissue. By using your own body weight and a cylindrical foam roller you can perform a self-massage or myofascial release, break up trigger points and soothe tight fascia while increasing blood flow and circulation to the soft tissues. These are all good things. Your body will thank you. Your chiropractor may, however, miss your visits!

Of all the exercise equipment I've ever purchased, this was certainly the best $20 ever spent! To learn to use it properly check out this informative article or watch this short YouTube video.

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