The first thing I do after an intense workout with my trainer Aaron Manheimer at Wattage is foam roll. Self-myofascial release is a fancy term for self-massage to release muscle tightness or knots (trigger points) in your muscles. By applying pressure to specific points on your body you are able to aid in the recovery of your muscles. AND new research is suggesting that foam rolling may also help with the prevention and treatment of cellulite.
Cellulite affects 90% of women at some point in their lives (YES even the slim ones!). Cellulite occurs when underlying fat deposits begin to push through layers of collagen fibers, or connective tissue, under the skin (often in the buttocks and thigh areas, but also on arms, stomachs and other common trouble spots). Foam rolling helps by providing circulation to the fatty tissue and breaking up the interwoven fibers of fat that contribute to the “cottage cheese” like look. Foam rolling also flushes excess fluids and toxins from the area.
Start by rolling your trouble spots at least once a day in the morning or evening and work your way up to twice a day. Spend a few minutes on each area and remember to roll slowly to get deep into the tissue. Plus this is a great evening activity when you’re watching your favorite Housewives franchise!! You can easily (and cheaply) invest in a foam roller on Amazon or even purchase a vibrating one at Hyperice. 🙂