What’s The Deal with Foam Rolling?

Ilia Jones  |  Posted: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

A Brief History of Foam Rolling

The foam roller was originally used by practitioners of the Feldenkrais method back in the 1980s.  The cylindrical roller was used as a tool for balance and muscle massage, but it wasn’t long before a reduction in pain was noticed after using the foam roller.  Studies then started to show the correlation between an increased range of motion and foam rolling.

Now we see foam rollers at the gym, in our yoga studios, and many of us actually use them in our homes.  Let’s uncover a few of the benefits of foam rolling.

The Benefits of Foam Rolling

The muscles in your body are connected by fascia, which is defined as a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs.

This connective tissue affects our muscles and our overall mobility. Studies have shown that foam rolling has been shown to release tension in the fascia allowing for an increase in blood flow to the muscles and range of motion.  Other benefits of foam rolling include:

  • Increased Flexibility
  • Improved Recovery TIme
  • Enhanced Endurance
  • Decreased Risk of Injury
  • Increased Blood Flow

Rollga: A Gentle Roll

This kind of foam roller was designed especially for those who find a traditional foam roller to be a little too painful.  Rollga techniques allow the release of muscle tissue tension and fascial tension relieving pain and stiffness in the body.  The benefits rollga provides are similar to those of traditional foam rolling, including increased circulation of blood flow and enhanced movement and flexibility.

If you’re curious about foam rolling, and rollga in particular, join us for our upcoming rollga workshop right here at The Marsh!