Foam rollers can help with many things, but do they help with pilates? This blog will answer all of your questions on foam rollers and pilates!
First of all, what is pilates?
Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasises proper postural alignment, core strength, and muscle balance If you ask a pilates teacher to choose their favourite small prop, the answer you’ll most often hear is a ‘foam roller‘. But why do pilates teachers rate the foam roller so highly?
Can a foam roller help pilates?
Well, aside from it being a compact and versatile device that can be used for both self-massage and exercise, it is also an easy piece of kit to get your hands on. Foam rollers can be used for exercise or mobilisation work. When placed behind your mid-back, the foam roller’s curved surface acts a bit like the pilates barrel and helps to support your spine as you extend it backwards. Over time, performing this move using the foam roller helps to increase the flexibility of the spine.
What else can a foam roller help with in pilates?
Want to work your abdominals? Prop your sacrum on the foam roller and perform the simple Pilates femur arc/dead bug exercise to access the deepest abdominal fibres that are so important but often get neglected in other ab work. Adding in pilates foam roller exercises to your regular gym circuit is a fun way to create variety and challenge yourself. Not only that, a foam roller-focused exercise programme can also help you increase your range of movement, and improve your strength, coordination, and control.
What foam roller should I buy?
If you’re thinking about investing in a foam roller (or perhaps you’ve been neglecting the one you already own), then it would be great to invest in a vibrating foam roller. Here at Pulseroll, we have a vibrating foam roller which lets the vibrations do all the work for you so you don't even need to roll. Our foam rollers come with a remote control to allow you to easily change the vibrating speed settings, all to make your life easier. To find out more about our range of products, head over to our shopping hub.