Foam rolling, a form of self-massage, has become a popular addition to individuals’ everyday fitness regimen. Why? This form of self-massage “alleviates tightness or trigger points — a super focused spot of tight muscle, aka muscle knots — by using a piece of equipment known as a foam roller” (1). There are many benefits of foam rolling, including warming up the body before a workout, recovering specific muscles after a workout, injury prevention and relaxation.
In this teaching tip from NETA’s Roller Reset workshop, Darci, the Director of Education, shows how to release an overused muscle, our hamstrings, to target a chronically underused muscle our glutes. By foam rolling to target muscular imbalances, the chronically underused, weak muscle is better able to do the job it was designed to do, resulting in an increase in muscle strength as well as injury prevention.
Check out the short video above and then give this hamstring release and glute bridge lift duo a try.
To learn more about foam rolling, its benefits and techniques for using a foam roller, check out our Roller Reset workshop at upcoming FitFest.