A low back and sacroiliac (SI) joint release along that will provide relief from tension and pain in the low back and hips. This release also includes some techniques that will create some deep recruitment of the pelvic stabilisers which will allow the nervous system to learn how to more efficiently stabilise the pelvis. You should feel a tremor of these deep, hard to find muscles which turn on automatically. The goal is to allow the nervous system to find these muscles without the need for “sucking” or “scooping” or squeezing of the glutes – all methods that our conscious brain will use to incorrectly stabilise this area and in so doing create tightness and tension. Enjoy the work in this one and then enjoy the amazing release you have worked hard for!
An easy but effective release of the stuck stress that can accumulate throughout the connective tissues of the upper back, shoulders and rib cage. This tension is caused by rounded shoulders and forward head posture. If released regularly we will not only feel better but we can help facilitate correct use of the muscles that should be holding us in alignment. Listen out for the cues of rib position in particular to avoid moving from the wrong place and placing pressure in the low back. These movements are small but extremely effective.
A gentle release to effectively release tension that builds around the head and neck. Done daily this release will help to relieve tension of poor postural habits that can lead to headaches, fatigue, tightness and restriction. Remember to keep the neck free of the roller – it is positioned under the bones of the skull. Really let the head be heavy to that the roller fully supports the weight of the head and your neck and shoulders can relax. Try lying on the floor before you complete the release and test your neck range of motion side to side. Repeat the test at the end of the release and enjoy the difference.
A great daily release sequence to unravel tension that builds throughout our days at the desk in the car or on the phone. Gentle releases incorporating the breath will release tightness throughout the upper back, chest, shoulders and neck. Ensure you enter and lie on the roller safely with both head and sacrum supported. Lie on the floor before and after to feel the benefit of what looks like very simple movements. Options given for those with shoulder issues. Always work within your safe range of motion. Relax throughout – try and do this with no tension.
A release focusing on the muscles of the upper ribs, upper back and the shoulder itself. The muscles that secure and strength seal the shoulder joint are often inactive due to our daily postural habits. If there is a marked difference between your two sides, give some thought to your daily habits (eg mouse hand, hand bag shoulder or any repeated action in your sport or occupation) and changes that could be made to reduce tension. These areas can be very tender so have a towel handy to reduce the pressure. Be sure to support your head as instructed to keep the neck safe.
A notoriously tight area are the quads (front of the thighs). Continued tightness will definitely cause discomfort and can lead to issues with how efficiently associated muscles or joints can function such as hamstrings and knees. This release can highlight some very tender areas so don’t overdo it. A pain level beyond a 4 or 5 would suggest the foam roller is a little intense. Safety of the low back, neck and shoulders are highlighted throughout so take care to listen to the cues.