Posts Tagged "foam roller"

Foam Roller Clinic-April 7, 9:30 am

Posted by on Mar 3, 2019 in Boulder Bodyworker Events, Self-Care | Comments Off on Foam Roller Clinic-April 7, 9:30 am

Foam Roller Clinic-April 7, 9:30 am

Please join us Sunday, April 7th for a Foam Roller Clinic at Boulder Athleta. Whether you are an elite athlete, weekend warrior, or desk worker, this FREE class will offer techniques and guidance to keep you operating in peak physical and mental performance. There will be light refreshments and yummy food to follow, plus raffle items and giveaways. Please come join us for this healing and relaxing event! Click the link to register so we know how many to plan for. This event is B.Y.O.R. (Bring Your Own Roller) Register for the foam roller...

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Three quick foam roller tips:

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Recovery, Self-Care, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three quick foam roller tips:

Three quick foam roller tips:

It’s foam roller clinic season and here are a few pointers we like to throw out to participants to answer some FAQ’s…. 1) If you are pressed for time, foam rolling post-activity is a more economical use of your time. 10 minutes to roll glutes, hamstrings, quads and low back are usually a great and semi-easy routine to commit to. 2) DO NOT waste your time rolling your IT bands. The muscle that regulates the tightness of your IT band is actually between the ASIS (top bump on your pelvis) and the greater trochanter (head of your hip), it’s name is the Tensor Fascia Latae (TFL) A more efficient use of your time and energy is to get a lacrosse ball, stand near a wall and put the ball on the wall at the correct height for the TFL and lean your leg/hip/TFL into the ball–with your weight off the leg being worked. We have a video here on the the website showing how to do this…or check out our YouTube channel. Here’s the link to our channel & video: 3) Foam rollers are not all created the same. The white foam (in our estimation) can break down and become too squishy very quickly. Which negates their effectiveness. They are great for beginners who are new to rolling, but be aware you will need to graduate to the more firm rollers about 3-4 months after purchasing. Our fave rollers are the 36-inch, black polystyrene rollers. Fave retailer is Amazon, here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/LuxFit-Premium-Density-Roller-Round/dp/B00KAEJ3UE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484591353&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=foam+roller&psc=1&smid=AY3M3JM02VPZV Here’s why. The black rollers are made of a firmer/dense foam roller that lasts quite a long time, even with dedicated usage. The size that we chose is due to the fact that you can do more things with the longer version. Our favorite move that demonstrates this best is, when lying with the foam roller parallel to the spine, with one end resting where your skull and spine meet (occipital ridge) and the other end resting at your sacrum (base of the spine) A very small movement (2-3 inches) back and forth (left to right) to each side of the spine is the most awesome feeling and release after a long day on your feet, after a run, long drive, etc. We like to stretch our arms out to each side to stabilize ourselves and open the chest a bit. Throw in some deep breaths and stay here for as long as you like, but at least 2 minutes to give the muscles a chance to “let go.” Try it and let us know what you think next time you are in....

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What’s the big deal about the foam roller?

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Massage, Recovery, Self-Care | Comments Off on What’s the big deal about the foam roller?

What’s the big deal about the foam roller?

Okay, okay. I know my clients, friends and loved ones are probably pretty sick of hearing me sing the praises of foam rollers. What the heck IS a foam roller you say? And why/how do they help? Let me try to chip away at all your questions and misconceptions. No-they are not a cure-all for all your muscular aches and pains. No-they wont help decrease cellulite. No-they cannot combat varicose veins or spider veins. No-they are not as good as getting a session with a massage therapist. That being said though, they CAN be a huge help for those who have chronic systemic tension issues, standing on their feet all day issues, “no time to get a massage” issues, people who “like feeling good on a regular basis” issues and finally those who “like knowing how to help themselves feel better” issues. Does that clear that up? Now that you are interested, I will continue…. Now there is no substitute for getting a great massage therapist to work out your aches, pains and injuries. But the foam roller can help space out those visits to a manageable time frame for both you and your wallet. Foam rollers perform a type of self-massage that can be compared with myofascial release. Using your bodyweight and gravity, foam rollers “stretch” the fascia out and can help it become more pliable and “un-stick” it to itself and the underlying tissues (muscle). This gain of movement between the layers of tissue can help improve tightness, range of motion and gain some flexibility. Two important factors in using a foam roller best are breath and taking time/slowing down while on the roller. It is going hurt when you use the roller on a tight band of muscles. For sure. If there is no discomfort/pain, there’s nothing going on here–keep moving! Once you get past the initial OMG of it, you will see that when you breathe thru the tightness, the pain can and will subside. I would say you should roll on each muscle group for at LEAST one minute–at least. A huge thing that makes the foam roller so awesome is that it can be a completely passive event. You just lie on it and it does most of the work for you–depending on the muscles you are trying to work. You can watch TV (if you are so inclined), listen to the radio, hold a conversation, play with your kids and pets (not to mention they will love that you are on the floor with them) and all sorts of other fun things while you roll. Did I mention breathing? You need to BREATH slowly and steadily while you are doing all this rolling. Hold your breath and you will see how quick your muscles can tighten up or simply refuse to let go of the tension–it won’t be good, let me tell you from experience! You should roll the foam roller slowly while taking deep breaths and you will find that soon, you won’t be feeling the pain much anymore. And it may not hurt so much when you go to reach over and pick up those groceries any more either. You may not know right now what a foam roller is or what it feels like to use one, but soon after owning one you will wonder how you have gone this long without one! I promise! And if you don’t, I am HAPPY to show you some techniques for stretches in the office. Just bring your new foam roller in with you and I will go through and help you...

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