by Laura Melgar
Foam Rolling, also known as self-myofascial release, is a technique used by physical therapists, chiropractors and professional athletes. They use it because it provides the user (you!) the ability to control the recovery process by applying pressure in precise locations.
Between poor posture, too many intense workouts without recovery time and other lifestyle factors our bodies learn to compensate for what we throw at them. This leads to imbalances in the body and a misalignment that could eventually lead to an injury. If our muscles are not taken care of properly we can experience loss of flexibility, "knots" and painful movement. When your muscles are tight it can limit range of motion in your body and interfere with proper form.
The deep compression in foam rolling improves circulation by breaking up knots and allowing normal blood flow and function. By applying pressure to specific points you are able to help your muscles recover to healthy, elastic tissue. Your body naturally wants to be healthy and strong but it needs TLC as well as strength training to achieve that.
In our new "Reform and Roll" class we fused together the great benefits of both foam rolling and Pilates techniques. The first half of the class mixes foam rolling techniques and uses the roller as a prop in some Pilates mat exercise challenging your core and balance on a new level. The second half of the class is on the Reformer and tailored to the specific needs of those in attendance. You will find yourself feeling realigned, rejuvenated and acutely in tune with your body.