It’s no secret I love using the foam roller – it’s a regular addition to many of my Pilates classes, and such a versatile and inexpensive piece of equipment. But if you are new to the idea of using a foam roller or haven’t used yours recently here’s 4 good reasons to give it a go!
Soft tissue release / massage.
Slowly rolling various areas over the foam roller is an excellent way to give yourself a massage, ease muscle tension and aid in recovery after activity. Great places to start are the thighs, calves and upper back.
Improve mobility and flexibility.
Using the roller as a prop can assist with deepening a stretch (for example the hip flexor stretch picture below). And, the snow-angel stretch on the roller would have to be almost everyone’s favourite!
The unstable surface of the foam roller means it is a fabulous way of adding stability challenges to the standard Pilates repertoire. Almost every exercise traditionally done lying on your back can be done lying on a roller – a sure fire way to get your core burning! And it doesn’t end there, placing it under your feet or hands while doing planks will take them to a whole new level!
I love using the foam roller to assist movement. For example when doing the thoracic rotation exercise Thread the Needle, using the roller assists deepening the rotation element.
If you’d like more tips and tricks for using your roller, come along to my specialised class all about the foam roller on October 12th. In this extended class, we’ll be using the roller to creatively release tension, add challenge and build awareness.
You will leave feeling like you’ve worked, stretched AND had a massage!
Sound like just what you need??
Simply email me here or give me a call on 0419 340 190 to book in. Places are limited so make sure you get in quick!