written by
Leslie Hughes

Why Foam Rolling Is Key to Recovery

Balanced Body 1 min read

Pilates is an exercise that uses your entire body. This is great news, but it also means you are going to have a lot of sore muscles and some serious recovery to go through.

One of the best ways to recover from your Pilates workout, or any exercise is by using a foam roller.

Why is this little contraption so important? Read on to find out.

It reduces muscle pain

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Foam rolling is a great way to reduce inflammation that may be caused due to your workouts. By rolling out your muscles post-workout, your chances of muscle pain go way down.

It aids in lower back pain

Using a foam roller properly can help to release tension you may be carrying in your lower back. However, it is very important you use the roller in the correct way or else you could end up doing more harm than good to your back.

It relaxes

Though some spots you roll through may hurt, by using the roller post-workout, you will feel more relaxed. The roller works to ease tension in your muscles, which can help ease tension in your mind and body all-around.

It increases range of motion

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By rolling out your muscles you are able to increase your range of motion, which is vital to you continuing to perform at your best in your Pilates class.

It’s a DIY massage

While we would all love to go to the spa and get a massage after every workout, it is not realistic. And while you won’t have the zen vibes of a spa, using a foam roller will give you a massage that is great for working any kinks out of your system.

It helps remove lactic acid

Lactic acid build-up can happen from your workout, so it’s a good idea to use a foam roller to remove that from your muscles both before and after you head to your Pilates class.

The Takeaway

Using a foam roller is key to your recovery from Pilates classes, but it is very important that you spend the time to research or learn from a professional the right way to use a foam roller. If used incorrectly, you could do some serious damage.

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