Foam Roller Poses

 

Foam rolling is a type of stretching called Myofascial Release (big word, but simple to explain). Basically, our muscles have a type of connective tissue called fascia. It surrounds our muscles and responds to pressure.

When we foam roll, we’re loosening this fascia and helping our muscles maintain optimal, healthy lengths. Muscles that are well-stretched are less prone to injury and can produce stronger, smoother muscle contractions.

The amount of tenderness we feel in a muscle when we roll tells us how tight it is. The more it hurts, the tighter the muscle. With foam rolling, there are times when your muscles are so sore, the only way to keep pressure on them them is by wincing and biting your lip.

But foam rolling really is a great way of stretching your muscles. Your body will thank you.

The Levoit Foam Roller has a bumpy side for really digging in to your muscles, and a smooth side for a softer rolling experience. It’s recommended you start with the smooth side until you’re comfortable with the technique and feeling of a roller.

As a warning, you should never roll on your lower back. It could put pressure on muscles you don’t want rolled and cause discomfort from the arching of your lumbar spine (lower back).

Starting from the top, this guide will show you how to roll your muscles.