Hi everyone. I am going to talk to you about foam rolling. What it is, why use it and some great videos to get you started.
First of all what is a foam roller? The picture below shows my home selection but will also give you an idea of what you may find in your local gym. Foam rolling has been around for years and every now and again a new roller comes out which helps do the job slightly differently but I always go back to my old faithful friend, the original roller: pictured below.
The roller is designed to self massage area’s and release soft tissue which will increase circulation to the area, so great for both pre and post exercise and also for preventing injuries. This is not a substitute for sports massage! It is there to help the process and make your treatments better.
As you can see from my first picture there are quite a few different types of rollers available. If you are new to rolling then I would suggest that you use purchase the one Jackie is using in the video clips. You can then progress to a harder and difficult roller once you are used to the process.
To purchase the right size etc, go to the following links page on my website and you will see how to purchase:
Rules of rolling:
There are some simple rules to rolling that will help you get the most out of it and also be safe too:
Here is my You Tube guide to foam rolling. Next month we look at advanced rolling!