By Jenn Zerling
A few months ago, I wrote a self myofascial routine titled
Sitting on a chair, or standing against a wall, put a tennis ball under one foot and roll it gently against the fascia under the foot. If you are flat footed, be sure to hit the medial longitudinal arch, or the middle of your foot right by your big toe. Hold and breathe.
Lying on your back, place your hands on your hips and internally rotate your feet. You will feel a muscle contract, by your front pant pockets. That is your TFL. Once you identify where that is, take the tennis ball, place it on one side, and rotate to your belly so that you are lying directly on top of the ball, with pressure application to the TFL. (*TFL is your tensor fascia latte)
This band of fascia runs from the outside of your hip all the way to your knee. If it is tight, it can work its way into the knee causing tracking issues. Therefore, you must keep the length tension of the IT band optimal by foam rolling it or using the tennis ball.
Find the space between the top of your hip girdle and right below your last rib. Place the ball in that area to open up the quadratus lumborum and other surrounding lower back muscles. Be sure to not place the ball on the last rib for it is delicate.
Find your scapular or shoulder blades and place the ball to the side of your spine on the fascia of your shoulder blade. Move the ball up towards the upper back and lay on the ball where you feel tension. Breathe into this and relax your upper body. You might need to support your neck with a pillow. Be relaxed.
On the tops of your shoulders, many people experience tension from poor posture and chest breathing. Take the ball and put it right onto the top of your shoulders, and while keeping your gaze at the sky (do not rotate your head), lift your hips skyward so that you can apply pressure into your shoulders which will help release your neck muscles. Move up to various places on your upper traps.
Flip back over to your belly and put the ball right under your clavicle bone on your pecs or chest muscle. Extend that arm out to the side and rest your head in a comfortable position on the ground. Work the ball along the length of your pecs for a few different spots.
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