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Author: Wildfire Sports & Trek Date Posted: 31 January 2024
To further your recovery, taking some time post-workout to focus on specific muscles that you worked can help remove tension, reduce the possibility of injury, increase flexibility, and also be very relaxing.
Post-workout routines can involve a cool down, a recovery food or drink and hopefully some good stretching. To further your recovery, taking some time to focus on specific muscles that you worked can help remove tension, reduce the possibility of injury, increase flexibility, and also be very relaxing.
You don’t necessarily need special oils or calming music playing, but focussing on working through these basic massage techniques and developing a massage routine can take your process to another level.
The above techniques are great for muscles you can easily reach, or if you have a partner to assist. But what about when you need a massage where you can’t reach?
Self-myofascial release; using foam rollers or massage balls can help relieve muscle tightness, soreness, and inflammation, and increase your joint range of motion. Never used one before? Here's a basic guide on how to use a foam roller.
Choosing the Right Foam Roller:
Common Areas to Foam Roll:
Time and Duration:
Remember, when performing a massage, always be mindful of the pressure you apply. It should be firm enough to be effective but not so hard that it causes pain or discomfort. It's normal to feel some soreness after foam rolling, but if you experience sharp pain or significant discomfort, it's best to stop and consult a professional. Regular use of a foam roller can greatly assist in muscle recovery, flexibility, and overall well-being.
If you're new to massage or have specific muscular issues, consulting with a professional massage therapist is recommended.
Relax and enjoy!