Can’t get a Massage? The 3 must have self help tools

Below you will find my thoughts as-well as links to the best, tried and tested products I own and recommend, these are the top 3 necessities not only to survive lockdown, but to thrive beyond it.

Chris Arscott

With the Covid-19 lockdown halting all our services, many clients need regular massage, now more than ever!

In these difficult times and the new norm of working from home for a lot of us, many will get acute pains and muscular tension from poor posture or from a build-up of overuse patterns. Many have chronic conditions or injuries which can be
alleviated and managed with massage. Maybe you suffer in silence (or maybe not if you have a partner to moan at!), have been self-medicating or have gotten to a point where you search for self-help methods?

My regular clients will know, I have long advocated the use of self-myofascial release (SMR) to maintain flexibility, reduce muscle tension and treatment of trigger points.   

Below you will find my thoughts as-well as links to the best, tried and tested products I own and recommend, these are the top 3 necessities not only to survive lockdown, but to thrive beyond it.With the Covid-19 lockdown halting
all our services, many clients need regular massage, now more than ever!

#1
Foam Roller 

 ·         This one I have used daily for years now, it’s 2 in 1, the smaller internal roller is ideal for rolling the feet and the plantar fascia, as-well having a smaller surface to get in deeper or to use rolling things like ribs, hips or for anyone with a smaller frame.

·         The larger or external roller is smooth, which I prefer to use instead of the ones you see with nobbles

·         It’s 33cm wide and about 13cm in diameter, so ideal size, not too big or too small

·         Use on the floor or against the wall easily 

·         Great for rolling hamstrings, calves, lats and my favourite – the back- reinforces the lumbar curve and extends the spine as you roll over it up your back towards your neck and back down again, stopping along the way for any spontaneous releases or pops and cracks from the occasional vertebrae or rib. Love it! 

 

#2
Trigger Point Stick

 

 ·        Only owned this for a month, but fast becoming my new favourite

·        Targeted relief for those pesky trigger points/knots on the shoulders and mid-back

·        The ‘S’ shape with rounded ball heads and pointier ones on alternate curve are great!

·        Rigid plastic, so it doesn’t give (like the original Theracanes did), no matter how hard you work it. Durable, will travel well too I imagine

·        Get creative with how you use it, hook with it, push and pull with it, jab with it. The neck, feet, lower back, under the shoulder blades – can find a nobble for everywhere. 

·        Comes in a massive box, really a waste of packaging but hey

 

 #3
Peanut and Lacrosse Balls Set

 ·        Using these have been a solid part of my daily routine for years now, and only no.3 because I’m loving no.2 so much right now

·        Roll the peanut ball directly over the spine/neck for balanced targeted relief from the duo ball

·        Use the single ball on feet and plantar fascia (instead of a tennis ball) or for targeted relief in areas the internal foam roller (no.1) may not get to

·        Ideal for superficial and deep triggers of the glutes, hamstrings and my favourites; rhomboids, pecs and traps

·        Comes with a useful bag, so you don’t lose one (I’m on my second set!)

  

That’s it! For the cost of an hours massage you can kit yourself out with all you need to survive and get through this coronavirus lockdown until you can have your next massage treatment at Meridian massage, Southampton.

 

Should you need any tips on how to use these products, do feel free to get in touch, and look out for videos on our YouTube channel and Facebook page.