Debunking The Myths About Foam Rolling

When I first heard about foam rolling I couldn’t imagine what it was. It doesn’t make much sense to me then. I had plenty of questions like…

How can a foam heal your muscles and speeds up recovery?

What exactly are you trying to achieve by doing so?

Somehow, the idea of rolling with a ‘hard foam’, -intrigues me.  So, I did my research out of curiosity and these are some myths and truths about foam rolling I never knew. You probably don’t too.

To foam roll or not? The answer might surprised you.

Unlike professional athletes who are already familiar with this routine, many of us who takes up sports for leisure and well-being might have overlooked the benefits of foam rolling.

In fact, I only started taking an interest in foam rolling after I became actively involved with competitive trail running. Even so, there are techniques I have yet to perfect.

And like many others, it wasn’t until the pain kicks in that I started I looking out for methods to speed up recovery and ease the torment of post-exercise.

After all, what’s there for us to lose but only to gain better recovery, performance and physical quality out of a routine as simple as foam rolling. As long as you remember these basic 6 basic rules of thumb of Pilates practice when foam rolling practice:

  • Principle 1: Centering
  • Principle 2: Control 
  • Principle 3: Concentration 
  • Principle 4: Precision 
  • Principle 5: Breathing 
  • Principle 6: Flowing Movement

Also, if you’re interested in learning how to foam roll, here’s a list of basics that will get you rolling:

 basic foam rolling exercises- it's so simple you can do it at home!


Addendum: If you’re feeling uncomfortable in your attempt to foam roll and/or can’t figure out what’s causing the intense pain and/or would prefer to do it in the presence of a fitness instructor, it’s probably a good move for you to seek a professional’s help. You can reach to a team of fitness professionals by clicking here.