Have you heard of Self myofascial release? Me neither.
My wife went to yoga class on Sunday, but when she got there, class was changed to a foam roller class. She did the class anyway, and when she got home, she spent the next hour telling me what a wicked class it was before she turned in at about 12:30 for a 2 and a half hour nap. Then she got up and continued to tell me about what a wicked class it was.
From this article by By Curb Ivanic, M.Sc, CSCS, PES, owner of Ultrafitness , Self myofascial release (SMFR) is a great way to improve flexibility and mobility of tight muscles and restricted joints. It works on two principles: (1) it breaks up fascial adhesions and (2) it manipulates certain neuromuscular receptors to let the muscle release any tightness.
Think of it this way. You do a series of moves where you roll different parts of your body over a 6 to 8 inch diameter foam roller that is usually about 4 of 5 feet long. Rolling your muscles over the roller while using your body weight is similar to getting a full body massage, or so I am told.
Check out both the article mentioned above as well as the video at the top to get a better idea of what it’s all about. I am now searching for a 4 or 5 foot long 6 inch diameter foam roller so we can try it at home.
Anybody who has tried this, let me know what you think.