I’m sure that at least once in your life felt tightness or discomfort in your hips, back or shoulders. This means is time to add some recovery sessions to your routine. And, the foam roller is such an old recovery method. So, buy a lacrosse ball, because is the most useful tool to ease sore muscles from your medicinal kit.
Just like the foam roller, the lacrosse ball is great to use both before and after the workout. After sweating, the muscles are still contacted, and to lengthen their resting place, you should take a lacrosse ball to take them out of the contraction.
So, no matter which is your intention, just want to exercise or to ease sore muscles, the following exercises are perfect to release tension in your muscles and to ease pain.
1. Pec Release
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How to: Lie on a mat on your stomach. Place the ball under your chest, about two inches below the collar bone on your right side (on top of the pectoral muscles), midway between the sternum and armpit. Bring your left hand to your forehead and rest your head on it. Take the right hand and place it on your lower back, palm up and elbow pointed outward. Massage the ball into the chest in a left-to-right motion, moving slowly. You can also simply breathe deeply, allowing the ball to release pressure. Continue holding or moving side-to-side for 30 seconds to two minutes.
2. Glute release
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How to: Lie on your back on a mat, knees bent. Place the lacrosse ball underneath your booty, where the glutes meet your low back. Put your weight on top of the ball (using your elbows to prop yourself up on the mat for stability) and slowly roll side-to-side over it, rolling all the way to the outer edge of the hip, close to the side of the body. Then, allow your knee and thigh to fall toward the mat (like a clamshell, as shown). Pull the knee back up toward center and repeat. Continue for 30 seconds to two minutes.
3. Quad Release
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How to: Sit in a 90-90 position, with both knees bent at 90 degrees, one leg placed in front of you and the other to the side. Place the ball on your outer most quad muscle (known as the vastus lateralis). Shift your weight over the front of your body, keeping your chest up. Massage one spot, then continue moving the ball up the thigh, on that same muscle, until you reach your hip. Continue for 30 seconds to two minutes.
4. Back Release
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How to: Lie on your back on a mat, knees bent. Place the ball on the left outside edge of your spine, halfway between the mid- to low-back and right on the erector spinae muscles. Your feet, butt, hips, shoulders and head should all be on the mat. Apply pressure by engaging your core. Next, come up to your elbows for extra stability and carefully massage the ball from left to right. Then, drop your left knee and thigh to the side, down toward the mat — the same clamshell movement you did for the glute release (as shown). Repeat for 30 seconds to two minutes.
5. Shoulder and Neck Release
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How to: Lie on your back on a mat, with knees bent. Place the ball between your spine and shoulder blade, where the neck, shoulder and upper back all meet. Keep your head on the ground, chest open. Lift your hips halfway toward the ceiling for a half bridge pose. Apply pressure to the ball and slightly roll upwards (ball goes down) in a very small movement. Then, slowly lift your arm straight into the air, palm faces toward the feet. Bring it back down by your side. Repeat for 30 seconds to two minutes.
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