Foam Rolling Techniques & Options

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Foam Rolling is a self-myofascial release (SMR) stretching technique that involves applying a sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue. The concepts of myofascial release (MFR) which is a very effective hands-on technique that provides stretching, compression and sustained pressure into restricted areas of fascia (connective tissue) in the body to eliminate pain and restore motion. MFR is a form of structural bodywork, which works on the body as a whole to allow the fascial system to return to its correct position, length and function.

Connective tissue envelops muscle, bone, and organs continuously through many layers. The fascial web connects us holistically in movement and function. There are 10 times as many sensory receptors in your fascial tissues as there are in your muscles (Stillwell 1957). For each spindle, there are about 10 receptors in the surrounding fascia – in the surface epimysium, the tendon and attachment of fascia, the nearby ligaments and superficial layers. (Stecco et al. 2009)

Myofascial release is a safe and effective technique that can be done with a variety of tools including the foam roller, rubber balls, handheld rollers and other assistive devices. The benefits of SMR are correction of muscle imbalances, muscle relaxation, improved joint range of motion, improved neuromuscular efficiency, reduced muscles soreness, and decrease overall stress on the body. Myofascial release focuses on restoring optimal muscle motion and function.

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  • Corrective muscle imbalances
  • Reduce muscle soreness
  • Improve joint range of motion
  • Improved neuromuscular efficiency
  • Decrease overall stress on the body

How do you decide what foam roller option is the best?

There are multiple things to consider when selecting a foam roller. Firmness, shape, and area of the body that needs release or trigger point work. We advise clients to start slow with a foam roller that has moderate firmness as they gradually get comfortable with the applied pressure they can advance to firmer rollers, balls and myofascial release devices. Each area of the body may require a different ball or roller to release that area layer, hence muscles are different shapes, sizes and vary considerably from person to person. For example, runners and cyclists may need a firmer roller to release deep muscle tension in the legs and gluteal muscles compare to someone who swims and needs deeper work for the back (latissimus dorsi) and the shoulders (deltoids).

Balls of various shapes and sizes are a great tool to massage and stretch localized areas of the body. They can be easily placed in the belly of the muscle or directly on trigger points to release tightness and chronic pain. Balls also come with vibration to add an active release into a specific layer or muscles areas.

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Foam Rollers come in various shapes and sizes to roll out, massage and stretch the body. They cover a broader area of the body and are an effect tool for larger muscle groups like the back, legs, and gluteal. We recommend most clients starting here and learning the basic rolling movements for all large muscle groups and then moving to deeper muscles and fascia layers with balls.

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REFERENCES

Stecco, C., et al. 2009. Mechanics of Crural Fascia: From anatomy to constitutive modelling. Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy, 31 (7), 523-29.

Stillwell, D.L. 1957. Reginal Variations in the Innervation of Deep Fasciae and Aponeuroses. The Anatomical Record, 127 (4), 635-53.

Myers, T.W. 2014. Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual Movement Therapists. 3rd ed. New York Churchill Livingstone.

Myers, T.W. 2011. Fascial Fitness: Training in Neuromyofascial Web. Idea Fitness Journal, 8 (4), 36-43.

Group Stretching Clinic

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Group Stretching Clinic

Fridays
11:00am – 12:00pm
January 4, 11, 18, 25
4-Weeks – $60/session

Wednesdays
5:00pm — 6:00pm
January 9, 16, 23, 30
4 Weeks – $60/session

This class will teach you safe stretching techniques that will help keep your joints and muscles supple.  This class will include breathing exercises, body postures, and static stretching that will give you balance, relaxation, and relieve muscle tension. A short sequence of mat pilates exercises will also be included for core strength. Participants should come prepared to participate in loose fitting athletic clothing and bring water.

Holistic & Integrative Wellness Center
Noroton Heights Shopping Center
300 Heights Road, Darien, CT
To register call (203) 644-6688

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Vinyasa Yoga

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Vinyasa Yoga

Tuesdays & Thursdays
10:30am – 11:30am
8/Classes / $120.00
No Gym Membership Needed

Class Dates:
1/8, & 1/10
1/15 & 1/17
1/22 & 1/24
1/29 & 1/31

Holistic & Integrative Wellness Center
Noroton Heights Shopping Center
300 Heights Road, Darien, CT
To register call (203) 644-6688

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Myofascial Release & Ball Body Work Sessions

RECOVER – RESTORE – RELAX

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Ball Body Work Packages

30 minutes/each

1 Body Work Session $50

5 Body Work Session $225

45 minutes/each

1 Body Work Session $65

5 Body Work Session $300

Ball Body Work sessions include a series of body work using a variety of rubber balls to release tight connective tissue and muscles, restoring healthy circulation and glide between layers. These sessions can help you move with ease, release tension, and relieve chronic pain.

Myofascial release is a hands-on technique to loosen, relax, and recover your body from physical and daily stress. This hands-on technique can increase mobility, reduce muscle tightness, and improve posture. These sessions include the use of multiple foam rollers and balls of a various shapes and sizes to massage and stretch localized areas of the body.

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Absolute Core

Absolute Core

Pilates

Fridays

9:15am – 10:15am

November 30, December 7, 14, 21

4 Weeks – $40/session

Class limited to 10 participants

Holistic & Integrative Wellness Center

Noroton Heights Shopping Center

300 Heights Road, Darien, CT

Challenge your abdominals like no other workout ever before! Absolute Core is a highly effective workout that targets the abdominal and back muscles using body weight and specific exercises which will increase abdominal strength and torso stability. You’ll love this workout!

 For directions, registration, and additional information contact:

Allison Stolar – (203) 644-6688

www.inspiretrainfit.com

Group Stretching Clinic

Group Stretching Clinic

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Fridays

10:30am – 11:30am

November 30, December 7, 14, 21

4 Weeks – $40/session

Class limited to 10 participants

Holistic & Integrative Wellness Center

Noroton Heights Shopping Center

300 Heights Road, Darien, CT

This session will teach you safe stretching techniques that will help keep your joints and muscles supple.  This class will include breathing exercises, body postures, and static stretching that will give you balance, relaxation, and relieve muscle tension. A short sequence of mat pilates exercises will also be included for core strength. Participants should come prepared to participate in loose fitting athletic clothing and bring water.

 For directions, registration, and additional information contact:

Allison Stolar (203) 644-6688

www.inspiretrainfit.com

 

Getting back to Physical Activity after Knee Replacement Surgery

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Inspire Train Fit can design a safe exercise program and help provide motivation for rehabilitation after a total knee replacement or knee surgery.

We know it’s important to listen to your body in this process; we start with light exercise and increase the intensity as your pain level allows.

 Exercise will help speed your recovery and can diminish your postoperative pain. Knee rehabilitation exercises and stretching enhance the mobility of the knee after surgery, decrease pain, increase muscle strength and disperse synovial fluid throughout the knee. Cardiovascular health can be addressed on a stationary bike that offers stability and a safe workout along with mechanical benefits for the knee joint.

Inspire Train Fit can: 

  • Provide a safe exercise program
  • Help return to normal activities
  • Help regain normal knee motion
  • Help regain muscle strength and flexibility
  • Increase core strength and stability
  • Help with pain management
  • Improve quality of life and movement

Suggested exercises for recovery include:

  • Proper Walking 20-30 minutes 2-3 times per week
  • Standing Knee Bends 1-2 sets 10 reps
  • Assisted Knee Bends 1-2 sets 10 reps
  • Straight Leg Raises 1-2 sets 10 reps
  • Stationary Bike 20-30 minutes 2-3 times per week
  • Stretching Daily

Note: It generally takes 12 weeks to complete the rehab process and 6 months to a year to get back to full strength. Any exercise performed during the rehabilitative efforts should be approved by a doctor, orthopedic surgeon or physical therapist.

By Allison Milano- Stolar, MA
Health Fitness Specialist

http://www.inspiretrainfit.com

Workplace Stretching Program

WORKPLACE STRETCHING BY INSPIRE TRAIN FIT

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Promote happy, healthy employees!

Inspire Train Fit offers a Corporate Stretching Program that can be done in the convenience of your office using our mobile stretch tables and fitness mats. Our team of Health Fitness Specialists will provide a safe and effective stretch program for your employees using PNF and muscle activation techniques. Individual and group sessions are available depending on a company’s size and needs. Individual sessions are 20 minutes per employee; group sessions are 45-60 minutes per class.

Benefits of workplace stretching include:

  • Improved flexibility and joint mobility
  • Reduced stress and muscle tension
  • Improved posture; lessens issues from sitting too long
  • Helps relieve “tech neck” and low-back pain
  • Creates bonding and increases workplace morale
  • Helps prevent workplace musculoskeletal injuries
Individual Stretching Packages 20 minutes/each
10-15 Employee Sessions $400
15-20 Employee Sessions $500
20-25 Employee Sessions $600
25+ Employee Sessions $800

 

Group Stretching Packages 45-60 minutes/class
Single Class/ 1x week $100
Weekly Classes/ 2x week $200

We proudly serve Darien, Norwalk, Stamford, New Canaan, Westport, and Greenwich.

If you would like to host a stretching program or wellness day for your employees please contact us at 203-644-6688.

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Inspire Train Fit night at LYMBR

LYMBR

Thursday, June 7, 2018

7:00pm – 8:30pm

LYMBR of Darien

Goodwives Shopping Center

25 Old Kings Hwy North

Darien, CT

Please RSVP to allison@inspiretrainfit.com or call 203-644-6688 to reserve your spot.

Free!! Space is limited!

An evening of FREE 20 minute stretch sessions with LYMBR.

LYMBR provides Personalized Stretching in their studio in Goodwives, Darien CT. Their method works to lengthen the muscles, increasing blood flow and space within the joint, leading to greater flexibility and decreased neural tension in the body. You will feel the results of your session immediately – feeling taller, more grounded, more relaxed and able to move with ease

Wellness Gratitude Raffle, Essential Oils, and Reiki Healing with Inspire Train Fit.

Inspire Train Fit, LLC is a multi-dimensional health and wellness business that believes in helping people move, feel, and live better through a message of change, empowerment, motivation, love, gratitude, and overall positivity. Whether you want to promote a healthier lifestyle for your employees, focus on your own fitness goals, host or attend a women’s motivational seminar, or enjoy inspirational active apparel, CEO Allison Stolar and the team at Inspire Train Fit can help you reach your goals.

www.inspiretrainfit.com

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