My old foam roller has remained hidden in my cupboard for years. On the odd occasion I would remove it from the depths of my wardrobe for a quick rolling session in front of the TV but that was about the sum of it.
Recently I visited my physiotherapist who once again urged me to begin to use my roller before and after every workout to aid my stretching routine and to support an old back injury. Must admit I have been pretty consistent with my routine.
A few weeks ago a girlfriend urged me to read a fascinating article online called; The Foam Roller Detox. By engaging in some simple exercises using the roller over most parts of your body, it can really aid in banishing cellulite and supporting the lymphatic system. I have begun this program and must say I can already see results.
It’s all about manipulating the fascia, the saran wrap that covers the entire muscular structure, which can eliminate congestion, puffiness and help diminish the appearance of cellulite.
The fascia is highly malleable and responds well to rolling. If you are in peak condition, it is a thin membrane that covers all of our muscles but for most of us, the fascia can band together to create knots, tension, thickness and pain. The fascia is largely responsible for the shape of our bodies and can store toxins, it can thicken and harden when it is not used correctly.
Rolling on a regular basis can really assist in correcting the fascia, returning it to the thin membrane that’s meant to cover our muscles. It only takes between 20 and 30 minutes per day and there are 8 roller moves that will help reduce congestion and assist to flush the lymphatic system.
Integrative structural specialist, Lauren Roxburgh, has devised this easy to do home program.
I can highly recommend anyone giving it a go. Its easy, relaxing and feels great. My problem area has always been my stomach and I have noticed an improved appearance and tightening of the skin in this area. I’m excited!