As a fitness pro with decades of experience and a really crooked spine that causes all sorts of muscle imbalances on a daily basis, I need self-massage or I'd be 1) in pain all the time, or 2) spending a fortune--more than I already do--on professional massages. The gift of my favorite cheap DIY massage is just that: It's cheap, and I can do it myself, no matter where I go.
To get to my main point, today was a self-massage day. It was 90 degrees and super-humid. I had gone to the gym and lifted weights for the first time in 3 weeks just yesterday. And I slept horribly when the cat kept waking me up to purr in my face. I woke up with a kink in my neck, a tweak in my right hip (my constant trouble spot), and a scowl on my face. I knew that no act of persuasion would get me to go lift again, so I opted for what my body really needed: self-massage, on my yoga mat, in front of the TV. It was the most glorious time of my day.
For 25 minutes I rolled and suffered, my body weight making the small, hard tennis balls feel like sharp objects as I broke through the adhesions causing me to move ineffectively and exacerbate imbalance in my muscles. I spent extra time on my internal rotators, which I discuss in detail in my Save Your Neck & Shoulders program, because even though most people are troubled my internal rotation that can cause rotator cuff injury and impingement, my left side collapses on itself even worse than most due to my spinal rotation.
In the second edition of the Hauber Method™, just released this week, I have integrated the myofascial release instructional videos into each weekly workout session because I wanted to acknowledge just how crucial this form of treatment is to healing back, neck, shoulder, hip, and knee pain. It's 8:30 at night, 2 hours after my self-massage (torture) session, and I feel like a new woman. Ready to hit the gym again tomorrow--and roll again afterward, just for good measure.