Many of you have asked me about the benefits of Soft Foam Rolling as per my Florida Today article, 3 Reasons to Try Foam Rolling. During March, I added the same self-massage principles into our Gentle Yoga & Stretching Class. However, instead using a foam roller, we used “balls” for massaging the fascia of our hands and feet.
Working with the feet, in particular, offers many benefits as they are the foundation to our bodies. If we have problematic feet, (ie. plantar fasciitis, bunions, chronic pain), the negative affect may impact our knees, hips, spine, and so on. Also, our feet hold many accupressure points, that when massaged, can induce a healing response in other parts of our body. For example, a positive change to digestion, sleep, or anxiety may be the last thing we think about when it comes to working our feet, but massaging the feet can have a real impact on these areas.
So I hope we have fun on those days when I bring the balls to yoga class, but my wish is that you experience even more positive changes to your overall wellbeing that you derive from your regular yoga practice.
See you on the mat!