It’s no surprise that your body will be a bit sore and achy after a few hard workout sessions. I’m often asked by my clients when the soreness will go away. If you don’t do anything it’ll probably take a good 3-4 days to fully recuperate. But if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like to sit around and be sore all day long then check out this amazing fitness tool.
Foam rollers are similar to pool noodles (those long colorful things kids use to float in the water with) but a bit bigger in diameter, vary in length and size.
One of the best things you can do with a foam roller is get a massage!
Now that I have your attentions let me explain how it works.
When you roll the roller up and down specific parts of your body, your muscles respond by lengthening and relaxing.
Aside from lengthening and relaxing your muscles here’s a few other benefits you’ll get.
Great way to warm up your muscles.
Can be used as an aid to prepare cold muscles for deep stretching exercises.
Unique design allows it to reach muscles that are difficult to stretch with traditional exercises, such as those along the front of the lower leg.
With regular use of the roller, you’ll become immediately aware of any muscular tightness that needs to be removed.
The roller massage is an opportunity for you to give your body a much-needed reward after a workout.
Following the massage, you will feel relaxed and refreshed. Your muscles will be lengthened, allowing your bones and joints to return to their proper placement.
Here’s How To Use A Roller For A Massage.
If you’re massaging your muscles with a foam roller try doing it before you do your initial stretching routine.
It’s also important to place the roller on the muscle tissue and not your joints or tendons.
Start off by placing the roller on the tightest area of the muscle.
From here slowly increase the pressure by relaxing your body weight onto the roller.
Hold this position until you feel the tightness releasing but no longer than for one minute.
If an area is too sensitive avoid massaging it with the roller.
If the roller doesn’t roll freely up and down the muscle, then stay away from that area.
Make sure you follow the directions carefully and if you feel any pain at any time stop immediately.
Remember to breathe naturally throughout the massage and try your best to relax.