Make sure you show up Friday for some Foam Rolling and Mobility work after class!
The gyms now have foam rollers and lacrosse balls for Foam Rolling is a form of self-massage used by fitness enthusiasts, athletes and therapists to relax or “release” tight muscles. Physical therapists, trainers, and athletes use foam rollers to relieve muscular pain and tightness (often called “adhesions”, “knots”, or “trigger points”). But conventional foam rollers have smooth, hard surfaces that further compress soft tissue. Rolling on top of them improves blood flow and tissue flexibility. As you roll over the top of the Roller, the bumps continuously knead the contours of your body, gently stretching soft tissue (muscle and fascia) in multiple directions. This action erodes trigger points, helps restore flexibility, and brings quick relief to common types of muscular pain. Through simple techniques, you can control the amount of pressure the foam roller/lacrosse balls apply to your body.
“Every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. You know what to eat, how to train, and what to do if you have a cut; you should also know how to fix your tight hips, painful knees, and stiff shoulders, and how to make yourself faster and more powerful. It’s too much to mobilize everything, all the time, everyday. Start somewhere”
– Kelly Starrett