Description: The Foam Roller is a long cylinder shaped piece of foam, they come in different sizes, a variety of different foam densities also exist, so if you’re new to this we recommend a softer foam.
The foam roller is used to do a deep tissue massage and is used by athletes and therapists. The foam roller targets your fasica, expained below.
Fascia: the fibrous web of tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, binding some structures together, while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other.
When your fascia becomes inflamed and tight, it can form adhesion’s which leave you feeling stiff and sore. By doing a variety of rolling exercies, it will help the stiff muscles relax (lactic acid build up), assists in breaking down scar tissue, improves your range of motion, increases flexibility in that muscle group and improves circulation to reduce cellulite.
All of which can lead to a more productive workout—and help you build more muscle and greater strength as a result. That’s why foam rollers have found a place in professional training rooms around the world.
Massage your IT band
Best for runner’s knee
Your iliotibial band (ITB) runs along the outside of your leg from hip to knee; it often becomes over tight from high-mileage hoofing.
HOW TO DO IT:
Lie on your right side while propping yourself up with your elbow and forearm. Slip a foam roller beneath the outside of your right thigh and lift your right foot. Cross your left leg over your right and plant your left foot on the floor. Now roll back and forth on the “seam line of your pants” for 30-60 seconds from the bottom of your hip to just above your knee.
Turn over and work your left ITB. To increase pressure, take your bracing leg off the floor and stack it on top of the leg you’re massaging.