A Foam Roller is My Massage TherapistJune 17, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Posted in Fitness | 1 Comment
Tags: 24HR Fitness, foam roller, massage, workout
I first tried using a foam roller at the gym on a whim. What a find! It immediately became one of my favorite pieces of fitness equipment. My back and legs felt like they had been massaged — muscles were stretched, pain eased and knots released — aaahhh:) There was some initial pain over particularly sore areas, but it diminished after each use.
Foam rollers have been used for years in therapeutic settings to increase flexibility and recovery from physical injuries. Consumers are finally catching on! I even bought a foam roller for home so I don’t ever have to be without this portable massage.
I love using the foam roller after working out or at the end of a long day when I want to relax and soothe my muscles. Place the dense foam underneath the back and legs to roll back and forth, concentrating on trigger points — your bodyweight applies the pressure to relieve muscle pain. As a bonus, foam-rolling engages the core muscles, resulting in stronger and tighter abs.
Foam rollers vary in length, size, firmness and price. Mine was about $25 and worth every cent. You can purchase online at several retailers and in person at the gym (like mine, 24HR Fitness).