I was staying with my in-laws last Christmas when my brother-in-law, Shaun, and his wife, Lisa, showed up with a foam roller in their hands, along with the rest of their luggage. Shaun, an exercise instructor and Lisa, a wellness counselor, are healthy living rockstars, so exercise and nutrition follow wherever they go.
I’d never seen a foam roller before and wanted to know how it worked. Shaun mainly uses it after a workout to aid in muscle recovery, but it turns out, a foam roller can also be used to give a deep-tissue back massage too!
Sign. Me. Up.
I tried it out and was hooked. There’s nothing I love more than a back massage, but there are only so many times in a day I can ask the husband for one before he closes up shop.
As soon I got back to Charlotte, I went online and ordered the same foam roller that Shaun was using. (Seriously, this thing is so incredible I wasn’t about to take any chances with a sub-par performance.) Compared to the price of a massage (or how many times you can successfully convince your significant other to give you a back massage in a day) foam rolling is affordable and you can do it whenever you want!
how to use a foam roller for relaxation
Shaun was in Charlotte last week for Thanksgiving and demonstrated his foam rolling skills!
1. Lay on the floor and position the foam roller at the base of your lower back.
2. Roll it slowly up your back, lingering on areas that are especially tight or painful.
3. If you come across a tight spot, you can let the roller stay in that area until the knot goes away.
4. When you reach your upper back, go back down slowly. Don’t go too fast or you could potentially cause muscle spasms. (source)
5. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.