Saturday, April 4, 2015

Roll Away the Sore Trigger Points, Tight Muscles and Cellulite!

Foam Rolling 

The first time that I've ever heard of Foam Rolling was from my friend Karen, who has been dedicated to fitness most of her life. She has introduced me to some great solutions over the years, such as my post on the Viniyoga Therapy for Lower Back DVD.

I was noticing some points of tenderness, aka trigger points, at the top of my calves; so after doing some research online, low and behold, one of the solutions was Foam Rolling - the act of rolling parts of your body against a foam roller. The foam rollers come in different sizes from 12 inches to 3 feet.

A myriad of instructional videos can be viewed online to get you started.

Beginning Foam Rolling places you into some awkward and tricky positions that seem to get easier with practice. The easiest move for me is rolling the quadriceps in a 'plank' position, rolling the quads from above the knee to the top of the leg with the added bonus of working your 'core'. Foam Rolling can be applied to ankles, calves, quads, hamstrings, glutes, outer thighs and upper back.

The first thing that I've noticed about Foam Rolling is the way that it invigorates you giving you a lot of energy- most likely because of the increased blood circulation.

Some of the benefits of foam rolling:
  • Improve your mobility and range of motion 
  • Enhance blood circulation
  • Decreased muscle tension
  • Increased energy
  • Quicker muscle recovery
  • Reduced muscle soreness after workout
  • Reduced trigger point pain

AND for one of the BEST POSSIBLE BENEFITS EVER....Reduces Cellulite!

Foam Rolling massages the muscles, breaks down the tissue, boosts blood circulation to the massaged area, releases trapped fluid retention and toxins creating a smoother appearance to the rolled areas!

My rolling experiences have been with the below Foam Rollers - Great Quality. I selected the below roller based on the 5-star reviews. Once you place your order, the owner of this company, Product Stop, will stop at nothing to ensure your satisfaction.

The Athletic Types always use Foam Rolling as part of their muscle recovery routines. The Physical Therapists use it as part of their routine treatments when massaging trigger points. The 'Average Joe Schmo' uses it to reduce muscles soreness and increase flexibility. What will you use it for?

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