The Benefits of Rolling and Myofascial Release
‘Myo’ refers to muscles and fascia is what wraps around all the tissues inside the body, acting like an internal cling film. A foam roller or myofascial release balls allow for pressure to be applied to soft tissues while applying traction to this facial ‘film’.
Why would we need it?
Sometimes, we can unfortunately feed the body with the wrong signals, resulting in an incorrect and harmful response. Repetitive motion that we may take in a specific sport or physical job, or poor posture perhaps gained from a stationary job, can both be interpreted by the body as injury.
When we face injury, the body initiates its repair system to protect it from any further injury while it heals. This then executes a cycle of inflammation, muscle spasm and collection of soft tissue to stick around the area which can then lead to muscle imbalance… when there is actually no reason to protect it in the first place.
How does it help?
Myofascial release can increase blood flow and hydration to the area through compression and release, therefore easing the inflammation and protective tissues. It can break up the trigger points and help to eliminate the built up toxins. Regular rolling will generally result in an decrease of pain and stiffness and an increase in mobility.
How can I do it?
You can use either a foam roller to address a broader area of the body such as the quad or upper back or you can use a ball for a specific pinpoint action, perhaps around the shoulder blade or in the tummy.
If you’d like to learn how to use this technique in a safe and skilful way to enjoy the benefits of myofascial release, join Laura Burkhart’s upcoming workshop with us: Gentle Flow and Roll – Friday 25th March 7.45pm-9.15pm. This workshop is online so that you can roll your muscles before rolling straight into bed with that greater sense of ease.