For the past few weeks, I've been teaching a Foam Roller class on Thursday mornings. I did some continuing education on the subject, and have used the roller both on myself and with my clients, but I find that teaching this class is a challenge, albeit one I'm willing to accept.
The previous instructor was a massage therapist—much more proficient in foam rolling than I might ever be as it is a form of self-massage. And while she approached the class from a very self-massage point of view, I come at it in terms of self-massage AND static stretching. Sometimes even core work.
And while I enjoy teaching the class, as I said before, I do find that it's a challenge to teach.
1) It's hard to watch everyone while maintaining a proper roll.
2) It's hard to set the roller aside to watch everyone as my people like to follow along.
3) It's hard to fill an entire hour with foam rolling.
But I make do. I take it slow, adding in the static stretching and core work. For the most part, I think everyone likes it. And if it's something you think you might be interested in, here's a handy infographic that outlines some of the basics:
Question: What's your experience with the foam roller? Do you enjoy it? Have a favorite move?
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