HOW/WHERE TO FOAM ROLL
Foam rolling is super simple. All you need to do is lay with the body part you want to roll on the roller, then roll back and forth. You want to make sure you roll slowly. If you're new to foam rolling, this will be a bit uncomfortable if your muscles are sore or tight, but breathe through it and take small breaks if you need to! I would start with a flat foam roller, like this one, before trying out a textured foam roller. My favorite places to foam roll are my:
Neck (this one is awesome if you carry a lot of stress in your neck and shoulders, like me!)
Play around with it. Really, it’s all about finding what feels good in your body and gives your sore muscles some relief. Get ready to enjoy all of the foam roller benefits!
WHY FOAM ROLL?
Besides the fact that it feels good (ok, maybe not right away - but it will!), foam rolling is really important for recovery. When you foam roll, you massage your fascia, the connective tissue that covers your muscles, which helps stabilize and lengthen them. Basically, it gives you a quick and easy way to get myofascial release without having to pay for a massage. In this way, foam rolling helps to:
Relax your muscles
Stabilize your joints
Speed tissue recovery
Correct any muscular imbalances
Reduce soreness Basically, it’s a powerful tool you can use to keep crushing those workouts and feeling your best!