Welcome to a New Kind of Tension.

pop quiz: the lyric above is from what song and artist? clue: the jealous punks from across the pond don’t want to be seen as fools.

Andrew has been a fan of his foam roller for some time, after the exercises we try to do to keep/get ourselves ski-fit. He suffers tension in his lower back and finds 10 minutes rolling around on the lounge floor eases it a bit.

Alyx Walkinshaw takes it much further. In her article for Outside Online she demonstrates how to get the equivalent of a post-workout massage with your foam roller.

Andrew's Foam Roller from Trigger Point

With the right moves, your foam roller can help relieve tight muscles. It’ll also work the connective tissue between muscles, organs, and bones. Here are another two of her moves…

Release Tension in your Groin and Upper Thigh.

Lay on your front with your foam roller to one side of your body. Place the leg that is on the same side as your roller over it. You should be relaxed and the roller should be nestled into your groin. Move up onto your elbows. Now roll your body away from your roller so that the roller rolls down your inner thigh to just above your knee. Keep the weight of your leg relaxed and on the roller. Take a deep breath with each roll and repeat up and down each leg five to ten times.

Release Tension in your Neck.

Lay flat on your back with your head resting on your foam roller. Your head, neck and shoulders should be relaxed. Without moving your roller, roll your chin down towards your chest and then up to roll the top of your head towards the floor.

Next, staying completely relaxed in the upper body. Roll your head as far as it will go to the left, back to centre and then to the right. Again, take a deep breath with each roll. Now repeat up and down, and left to right five to ten times.

Keep a look out for more foam roller tension busters over the coming months.
pop trivia: The lyric is from ‘American Idiot’ the title track from an album of the same name by ‘Green Day’. The single was released in 2005 and nominated for four Grammy Awards in 2005. In July 2018, the track re-entered the UK singles charts following a campaign in advance of Donald Trump’s visit to the UK.