Self care tip of the month: Foam Rolling
I have met a lot of people who are incorporating foam rolling into their fitness and wellness routines, and I decided to give it a try. I love it. For those of you who aren’t familiar, a foam roller is a high density cylinder of foam that you place between a surface (the floor) and the muscles you want to roll. The movement requires some strength, and helps increase that strength as you have to use other parts of your body to move yourself in order to get the compression effect. For my hips for example, I had to use arms and legs. For legs, I mostly used my arms to move, which is an area where I constantly try to improve strength. The effect on the muscles you are moving over the roller is a compression that helps to stretch and release the muscles in that part of the body. This helps prevent delayed onset muscle soreness after a workout, and could be used to warm up your muscles prior to a workout as well. From my research there are some areas that are contraindicated such as the low back. It was a nice supplement to my wellness routine, and a great way to add some self-massage in between my scheduled massage sessions. Katie Solon, LMT, a colleague at Inner Connections also recommends a massage ball for areas where more flexibility is needed.
For more information on foam rolling, including some how-to videos, and reviews of foam rollers, check out this article from Runner’s World by Michelle Hamilton:
Or this one from Shape Magazine by Jessica Smith:
Office NewsSome of you may have noticed that Mother Oak Massage is using a new online booking system. This booking system has all of the same features of the old booking system, plus a few more that make running the office side of things a little smoother. Your information is as secure as ever, and you can purchase gift certificates directly from the website now whereas before you were being redirected to my Etsy page. I hope this is more convenient for you.
Mother Oak Massage is also now on Instagram @motheroaklmt
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