How to Reep the Benefits of “Foam-rolling” in the New Year

2019 is finally upon us and while some of you might be living it up at the gym or evening yoga classes, some of us haven’t quite managed to find the time yet to squeeze in a bit of exercise and self-care.

Whichever category you fall into, foam-rolling is a fantastic way to stretch your muscles in a way which massages them in under ten minutes at home.

Maya Jocelyn from Brooklyn’s holistic health and arts centre says: “It’s extremely efficient in that you can use your body weight to create pressure and give yourself a substantial massage, accessing parts of your body that you can’t reach with your hands,” she says. “You can address your entire body in 10 minutes.”

If you’re new to the trend, Jocelyn recommends a softer roller. When rolling, be sure to hit the balance between intensity and relaxation.

“There’s a zone where pain and pleasure overlap,” explains Jocelyn. “You should apply enough pressure that you feel some intensity, but it feels so good you never want it to end. This usually means that you’re fully relaxing into the stretch.”

To find out more about the trend, read Maya Jocelyn’s full talk with Vogue here.

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