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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wednesday Wisdom - Foam Rollers

Chances are with your New Year's Resolutions you are experiencing some new-found soreness.  Let us introduce you to the beloved foam roller!!
A foam roller is a self-massage tool used to lessen muscle adhesion's (knots) created from everyday activities and exercise.  The foam roller will enhance recovery and sometimes workout performance.  You will feel amazing after using the foam roller!  It’s important to avoid rolling over joints and bony areas such as your shins, hips, neck and the tips of your shoulders so you don’t cause pain.  The goal is to find spots that feel more tender so that you can work on dissolving the pressure.  About 30 seconds to 1 minute on each tender area is usually about all you need.
The best part is that you are in control of your massage and don't have to worry about a therapist spending too much time on one area making it feel worse rather than better.  

The foam roller is best used followed by stretching BEFORE a workout.

Here's a great tutorial link on You Tube.

Where to purchase:
In stores like Target
or Power Systems 
or Perform Better 
or many other places

We recommend the 36" full round foam roller (6" diameter) because it can be used for balancing, Pilates and abdominal strengthening exercises as well as ironing out those knots.

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