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Q AND A AT THE RWCC
What Is Foam Rolling?
Foam rolling is a really common form of soft tissue work that's cheap, simple, and effective, and it's exactly what it sounds like. Strategically rolling your body over a cylindrical piece of foam to create a desired effect.
Why Should I Foam Roll?
People use it for all different reasons, including, but not limited to:
– Muscle relaxation
– Increased blood flow to the area you're rolling
– Transitioning mentally from the rest of your day, to "work out mode"
– It just plain feels good (for most people!)
Foam Rolling Tips:
1. The first rule(s) of foam rolling – it will feel awkward at first and you will fall off at some point! And that's OK, and quite normal.
2. Pay attention to your body. It's critical that you use some body awareness when starting to foam roll. For example, foam rolling your quads is essentially doing a plank, and you wouldn't let your back sag in a plank, right? So why do it when you roll?
3. Take your time. You should use long, slow strokes, and spend a minimum of 30-60 seconds on each area.
4. Roll in multiple directions. Depending on the muscle, you can not only roll up and down, but side to side as well. Play around with it and see what feels good to you.
When Should I Foam Roll?
For most people, foam rolling before their workout (after a little breathing, to help them relax) is perfect. Other people enjoy foam rolling post-workout as well, and that's fine, too. And finally, foam rolling on off days is perfect, as it can increase blood flow to the area and may help bolster recovery.
If you're interested in more information about foam rolling, stop by the RWCC and any of the specialists can help you!
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