Myofascial Release Tools: Review

Myofascial release is a major component of a program for every client. With regular myofascial release, I am able to coach clients through problematic past injuries and straighten hunched backs. This important practice can also save athletes from high performance injuries. What type of tools and how the tool are used varies from client to client. One tool doesn’t work for everyone. Some are simpler and more versatile, while others are specific. I have compiled a list of useful trigger point, and myofascial released tools. These are just standard suggestions and tools I commonly use. After I teach you technique, you can use any tool and benefit from less pain and performance enhancements in your daily life.

*Clicking on the name of the tool will direct you to my Amazon affiliate link of that product. You can purchase exactly what I recommend and personally use.

Trigger Point Foam Roller- As a new momma, I have been relying heavily on my orange gridded roller. They come in different lengths. The grid texture help release deep tissue. I would consider Trigger Point brand as the industry standard. I’ve taken my foam roller outdoors on overnight backpacking adventures to quickly recover at camp. The hollow center makes it easy to strap onto a backpack. When you travel it can go in a suitcase and protect toiletries or other items inside the hollow center.

Trigger Point Massage Ball– I find that it’s nice to sometimes have a ball with some give. The ball is swirled with varying foam densities so that as you roll over your muscles and trigger points, it massages deep fibers.

Lacrosse Ball– My tried and true go-to most versatile trigger point tool. It’s small enough to be left in your car (so you can roll your back while in traffic), a gym bag, and even on the trail backpacking. It’s made of dense rubber and can be a tad intense if used on the hard ground. Some athletes who have dense muscle might need the focal intensity in trouble areas vs a senior with soft tissue who might bruise. Regardless, this is an inexpensive great tool to use.

Soft Large Foam Roller– This is a great beginner foam roller. It is large and not as dense as the trigger point roller. This roller is great for those with softer tissue, beginners, and someone who is just to sore from a workout. There is no texture to it and is long enough to move around on easily.

Dense Large Foam Roller- These are the standard rollers in gyms and in physical therapy. It is lightweight and long enough to be able to move around on . This is meant for someone who needs more pressure than a soft roller and if a gridded trigger point roller is too intense.

Tiger Tails– These are wands with textures or beads to help target large muscles with more focal intensity. These are great for the hamstrings, calves, and quads. Not always a necessity, but if rolling the hamstrings with a large roller isn’t working tiger tails are a great option. If you have help, this can be useful for the hard to reach area where your neck meets your shoulders, the trapezius.

Trigger Point Hamstring Rollers– Clients who are rehabilitating hamstring tears or those who need to gain flexibility will find this tool useful. Can be used for quads and calves as well.

Vibrating Foam Rollers- These once hard to find rollers are starting to be noticed. I would reserve to invest in one like this if you are a athlete or bodybuilder with dense muscles. The vibration really helps the blood flow directing nutrients into the muscles that are sore from recovery.

Rumble Rollers- These rollers look like they came from the medieval times. They are not meant to be for a beginner. Theses are reserved for those who like the pain. Bodybuilders and crossfit folk like to use these to target deep muscle tissue. I just find it annoying to be poked randomly hoping to get a release.

An important fact is that there is a window of opportunity to strength train underactive muscles after releasing overactive muscles. Most of the time I prescribe band resistant training to help correct postural issues or functional movement. Closed bands are used for the lower body while ribbon bands are used for upper body.

Filling The SOUL ❤️

Have you ever heard or can relate to saying “pour your heart and soul into…”. Usually it is said when it has to do with someone or something you are passionate about. You know that feeling, if you can relate, to that burning fire inside the heart space that can flame up into your ears as you hear your heart beat in your head? Yeah, that’s passion. The fire, passion is what drives us conscious humans to be productive in life. For some it might be their health, fitness, a career, a cause and for others it might their family.

Passion comes in shades of flaming colors, brilliant energies, and a wide spectrum of frequencies that can be felt even in the most intimate settings. Passion is what provides the power to drive us. It’s that invisible force that can help spark love amongst the heart space within a relationship. I personally believe a great and lasting relationship is one that each person shares many of the same passions with the other.


I have a passion that drives me to be better parent and to spend time exploring and being in nature, all while inspiring others and working personally with clients. My dear significant other also shares many of the same passions.

 

At the time that I wrote this my love, the father of my child, was adapting to his temporary life in a cast. My soul being constantly poured out, and my physical body and mind was running on empty and on carb fuel.


My body began to suffer or become slightly imbalanced with the donut I had. Geeze, I think I had 2 donuts in one post, just last week. My weight has been fluctuating. I had lost another 5 pounds before Austin (July 2017), but quickly gained it back the time I was there. Don’t even get me started about the lack of time in the gym… I missed my ab class that I was taking.


My mind began to just feel unbalanced too! I was forgetful. I was feeling unorganized but in reality I’d only been getting MORE organized. I have just been going and going, one micro-plan by micro-plan. On top of that things were taking 30 min longer to accomplish. It’s exhausting and I was relying on caffeine so much more than I ever have. I’m was to busy feeding my 7mo old baby and organizing and cleaning to remember to eat. Yeah. My mind was totally imbalanced.

With the MIND and BODY pillars of my being un-blanaced I was left to rely on my soul. The third pillar that I live by. How am I still functioning as a conscious human being? My soul. What drives my soul… My passions. Who or what is my passion? My lil family, my health, and helping my clients achieve their health and fitness goals. Every one of my passions I “pour my heart and soul into”.

When I am pouring and pouring and pouring, what fills the cup of my soul? My passion is the fire that warms up the cup and whatever love that fills it. This past weekend I relied on my friends, to fill my cup, my soul, with love and happiness. The contents of the cup is to only be warmed by my passion and to be poured out my family, and clients. This is how I function, and have been conscious of this for years. How do you manage your spiritual energy? It’s definitely part of your overall health.

@22ness is one of my besties. For over 15 years she has been someone who has always made me smile and laugh. Just being goofy with these two in such a fun environment helped me fill my cup, my soul.


My spiritual health has improved and strengthened through this experience. I have collected many stones that also help with my energy, aura, or vibes. The soul needs to be in good working condition if the other pillars are crumbling. I use the energy to help rebuild what has crumbled. My BODY will once again improve functioning with a clean diet because it’s an imbedded passion of mine to eat whole, organic, local and non-GMO foods. My MIND will begin to refocus after I am in a place where I can feel surrounded by nature.

Keeping the cup of my soul filled will ultimately help me keep the passion in my heart worth burning strong. I have to give credit to one very kind soul I met years ago that explained this to me. It’s been my go to mantra to imagine and meditate on this concept.

Maybe this post helps inspire you, the reader, to realize what fills your cup and what fuels the flame that keeps it warm.

Audri aims to live by the 3 pillars of Mind Body Soul. She believe and works by the notion that anyone can get control and manifest what they want in life. Join her Fitness Facebook page Body By Audri or her new soulf-ful, conscious spirituality Facebook page Audri the Alchemist- Mystery School.