Are you sore after a long workout or a challenging race? Does your significant other run for the hills when you ask them to rub your [insert random body part here]? Is it too hard to find time to meet with your favorite massage therapist? Perhaps, it’s late and you just…need…to…reach…that…spot.
But seriously, the foam roller should be your best friend. I have two, one for each floor of my home just so I can literally have one at my fingertips. I even travel with it (only when I’m driving somewhere). I haven’t tried to check it through baggage yet, but don’t tempt me.
Many personal trainers have tossed around phrases like “myofascial release”, “breaking up muscular adhesions” and “self-massage”. And while I do know what those phrases mean, I also know that if you are in training, you need to have one of these in your home.
Personally, after a grueling workout, I use the foam roller to massage my quads, calves, ITB, upper and lower back as well as my glutes (butt!). I am even able to get at my really tight hip flexors too! I am able to control the duration and intensity of the massage by adjusting my position and weight balance. It’s a nice way to loosen up after a workout or even before bed.
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Roll your heart out!