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Pleasure or Pain?

This weather is lovely isn't it? It finally looks like summer has arrived, lets hope it lasts a bit longer than a couple of days this time.

Have you ever found you are achy and stiff after your training sessions?

I hope the answer is yes, otherwise you need to look at the type of training you are doing.

I have the solution for you.

I'm sure by now many of you have heard about using a foam roller (usually the spiky round thing in the corner of the gym), or trigger point balls.

I use them with my clients, and they see massive benefits to them and not only have they reduced their aches and pains they have increased their flexibility too.

Now just for you guys I am sharing my foam rolling guide with you, so you look like a professional when you are doing them. The trigger point work is just for my private clients at the moment, but if it is something you fancy adding into your training, check out the Group and 1:1 sessions that we run.

What is myofascial release?

Foam rollers have many benefits in an exercise and injury rehabilitation programme. Foam rollers stretch muscles, tendons and break down scar tissue within the muscles. This massage process is called myofascial release.

Using a foam roller for myofascial release.

Myofascial release uses bodyweight and a foam roller to make small movements and pressure over the area of muscle which has pain in it. This technique leads to the softening and lengthening of the fascia and breaking down the adhesions (scar tissue) between the skin, muscles and bones.

Massage Therapists are great and knowledgeable on soft tissue injuries and rehabilitation, however if you can not afford one or need want to relieve your own muscles before/after an exercise session Myofascial release is a much cheaper option and readily available.

What causes these knots and scar tissue?

Injuries, lack of stretching and lack of activity can lead to pain, soreness, reduced flexibility and restricted muscle movement occur when the muscles and fascia (the network of connective tissue that surrounds and supports your muscles) join together incorrectly and cause adhesions (scar tissue).

Click on the link here to get your copy showing you the different moves and potions to help release the painful bits.