The Foam Roller: What & How with Susan Kain

Through our lifestyle, injuries, poor posture or intense workouts, we may exceed our body's ability to recover on its own. Self-massage techniques continue to grow in popularity, especially since stretching alone isn't always enough to release tight muscles. Called the 'poor man's massage', the foam roller was patented in 2005 for use as a tool in Self-Myofascial Release (SMR).

What is self myofascial release? Our fascia, or connective tissue, covers every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel and internal organ, playing a very important supportive role in our body. Self myofascial release is a technique using an implement, like the foam roller, to apply pressure to tight, tense and overused muscles to elicit a relaxation response.

Learn techniques that combine pressure and movement to stimulate circulation and restore suppleness to tissue. Participants will use different rollers and various sizes of balls at precise locations, thereby relaxing tight muscles and breaking up 'adhesions' that may have formed.

Please consult with your physician if you have fibromyalgia, osteoporosis or circulatory problems like peripheral arterial disease before participating.

Foam rollers will be provided. If you already own a 36" foam roller and prefer to use it during the workshop, please feel free to bring it along.

Class size is limited to 15. No previous experience is necessary.

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