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Lotus Living Arts Studio Of Concord
30 Union Street Sth, Concord, North Carolina 28025
If you haven't hopped on a foam roller yet, it's time to give it a go. Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release or self-massage. Athletes and non-athletes alike suffer from muscle tightness, imbalances and «trigger points» that occur when contracted muscle fails to release. These adhesions, or knots, can lead to poor circulation of blood and nutrients to the muscle fiber, which can eventually lead to pain or injury.
Pliable muscles are healthy muscles, so it's important to take steps to loosen up those knots.
And while I'm sure you might prefer a deep massage a couple times a week, it's simply not an affordable option for most people. Foam rolling opens up an avenue for serious muscle work without the expense of a personal masseuse.
Foam rollers are exactly what they sound like — cylindrical rolls of dense foam that you can lean on and roll over to create a self-massage. They were first used in the therapy industry, but started popping up in fitness centers in the 2000s, and are now commonly-accepted pieces of equipment used to massage, stretch, and even strengthen the muscles.
Benefits of Foam Rolling
The benefits of foam rolling are many. Adhesions occur when muscle fibers «stick» to muscle fascia — a sheath of connective tissue that surrounds the muscles — resulting in a knot of tissue that limits the circulation of blood, nutrients, and the elimination of waste, and can lead to pain and injury.
When you use a roller to roll along the length of your muscle, you're helping lengthen and release these «sticky points,» enabling your muscles to return to their original and intended length. The overall result is:
Improved circulation and delivery of oxygen, nutrients, and blood to the muscle. This helps your muscles to function at optimum capacity, to recover efficiently, and to remove waste products effectively.
Decreased pain and soreness. Many muscle knots are painful! They're either painful to the touch, or because of where they're located, they're painful during movement, which can result in altered range of motion.
Decreased likelihood of injury. An altered range of motion due to painful knots or a shortening of the muscle fibers due to persistent contraction can lead to muscle imbalances and injury. Rolling out the knots and keeping your muscles long and pliable reduces the likelihood of injury.
Increased range of motion. Regular use of a foam roller can even help you increase your range of motion as you loosen up tight areas and help clear scar tissue.
Cost-effective therapy. You may not be able to afford three massages a week, but you can probably afford a foam roller. It's a one-time purchase you can use over and over again.
This is a 2hr workshop being taught by Susan Pollack.
Susan has been teaching Pilates on the Foam roller and Pilates classes since 2005. She is certified by Polestar Pilates in rehab and mat and nationally certified by the pilates method alliance.
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