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.
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:
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.