Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release (SMR) technique that is used by athletes and physical therapists to inhibit overactive muscles. This form of stretching utilizes the concept of autogenic inhibition to improve soft tissue extensibility, thus relaxing the muscle and allowing the activation of the antagonist muscle. This technique can be effective for many muscles, including: gastrocnemius, latissimus dorsi, piriformis, adductors, quadriceps, hamstrings, hip flexors, thoracic spine (trapezius and rhomboids), and TFL. It is accomplished by rolling the foam roller under each muscle group until a tender area is found, and maintaining pressure on the tender areas (known as trigger points) for 30 to 60 seconds.
Benefits of Self-Myofascial Release
• Corrects muscle imbalances
• Improves joint range of motion
• Relieves muscle soreness and joint stress
• Decreases neuromuscular hypertonicity
• Improves neuromuscular efficiency
• Maintains normal functional muscular length
Reduction in soft-tissue tension decreases pain, restores normal muscle length-tension relationships, and improves function.
Hot Flow Yoga (New!)
Expect simple, athletic, Vinyasa-based variations to enhance lengthening, strengthening and opening the tight hard-to-get areas. This slow-paced class focuses on ONE breath to ONE movement, blending the best of all worlds…flexibility, mobility, strength. Train like an athlete, and recover like one too.
-enhances core stabilization and balance work
-moves the body through all planes of motion to help loosen
-speeds up recovery post-workout
-opens up tight areas that hinder performance
-improves range of motion
-develops mental focus
-assists with correcting muscle imbalances
Hot Restorative Yoga (New!)
This 60 minute class is perfect for an active recovery day, or paired with a cardio/strength class. Poses are held for long periods of time and often modified with props, with the alignment of each posture being the main focus and foundation.
This method is designed to systematically cultivate strength, flexibility, stability, awareness, and can be therapeutic for specific conditions (over training, rehab, active recovery, stress, injury prevention).