If you’ve ever been in a gym, sporting goods store or even the fitness aisle at Walmart, you’ve probably seen a foam roller. If you felt confused about how to use one, you’re not alone. While becoming more mainstream, foam rollers still remain a mystery to many people and even trainers.
Foam roller exercises, also called myofascial release, is a form of massage that fitness-minded folks do either before exercise to loosen up sore muscles and tight joints, or after a workout to help with muscle recovery. Using the foam roller is also the perfect way to dynamically warm up prior to workouts.
Foam roller exercises and other self-myofascial release techniques have become increasingly popular, and for good reason. Partly that stems from a better understanding about the healing benefits of soft tissue care, or massage. Massage can ultimately become cost-prohibitive since unless you are an athlete or just have a few hundred extra bucks lying around, you probably opt infrequently for a massage as a luxury or a splurge more than a necessity.
Rolling yourself out on a foam roller becomes an affordable alternative to massage therapy. Those dense, round pieces of foam can deliver many benefits of therapeutic massage without the cost.
At Custom Bodies Fitness and Massage we always want to provide our clients with the best ways to take care of their health and wellness and self-care is something we strongly support for our clients. Invest in your training success with our e-guide “Introduction to foam rolling” that combines scientific research and systematic instructions for effective foam rolling techniques for muscle preparation and recovery.