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Self Massage

Although getting some sort of regular professional massage every so often can be a great treat as well as truly good for your body, I recommend daily self-massage as an effective recovery aid for your body.  I use two different tools, a foam roller and also a thinner rolling massager, daily to work out the kinks of my workout routine.

I use these tools daily on my quads, hamstrings, IT band, calves, and achilles.  I also occasionally use them on my feet, back, and shoulders as well.

Self massage helps increase blood flow, and thus, recovery.  I do it whether I’m sore or not because I feel that it is good for me either way.

When I first started doing it, it was definitely slightly uncomfortable at times (especially using the foam roller on my IT band), but over time it has moved from uncomfortable to pleasurable.

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