Irish Daily Mail - YOU

The TLC tools your body will love

-

OUR AWARD-WINNING HEALTH AND WELLBEING EXPERT

It’s one thing busting a gut in the gym, but allowing time for your body to recover is just as important. Indeed, for elite athletes, rest days, stretches and massage techniques are essential parts of their training plans.

And now these profession­al recovery techniques and tools are moving into the mainstream and becoming available to us all. Here are a few that can help keep your body in tiptop condition…

THE GENIUS MASSAGE GUN

The MyoPro is the brainchild of profession­al rugby player Joe Gray. After suffering with achilles tendonitis, he created a massage gun by dismantlin­g a drill and welding on a stool leg (don’t try this at home!) to treat his injury. When his Harlequin teammates started seeing the benefits of his makeshift tool and wanted to try it, too, he knew he was on to something. It became the MyoPro, developed with co-founder Lottie Whyte – a hockey player – and is a handheld gun with a spongy tip that uses percussive massage (rapid bursts of pressure) to speed up muscle growth and repair by increasing blood flow to them. It feels like a gentler pneumatic drill with all the love/hate of a deep massage, but can help break down scar tissue after injury and reduce muscle pain and tension quickly. €238, myomaster.com.

THE ULTIMATE COOL DOWN

Once it was only marathon runners who filled their bath full of ice to ease post-exercise aches. Now some of my friends are filling paddling pools with freezing cold water and dunking themselves daily.

Why? Because cryotherap­y (exposure to extreme cold) is said to have many benefits, including aiding fat loss, reducing inflammati­on, balancing hormone levels and improving our immune system and sleep

THE LIGHT SAVER

Red light therapy has been proven to have benefits: from calming mood to rejuvenati­ng skin, reducing inflammati­on in joints and increasing blood circulatio­n. I can’t get enough of the Light Salon Boost LED body patch, which has been helping heal my painful toe. I am also using it on my face for its anti-ageing benefits – plus, it’s a great excuse to lie down for ten minutes. €450, thelight-salon.com. (see wimhofmeth­od.com). But now cold therapy can be done in our living rooms, with massage tools that use the cold to help repair sore muscles or hot spots.

I have been trialling the Cryo Body Ball, a handheld stainless steel tool that you throw in the freezer for one to two hours before using for just five minutes. It enhances blood flow and helps to reduce inflammati­on. I have a tight piriformis (a muscle in my right buttock) and it’s magic for finding the painful spot. €25.95, oxygenbout­ique.com.

THE FEEL-GOOD FOOTWEAR

If you are on your feet all day, run a lot or suffer from painful feet and joints, look into Oofos’s clever footwear. Using patented technology, its trainers, shoes and sliders absorb more impact than traditiona­l footwear as well as support foot arches to reduce exertion in the ankles. They make it feel as if you’re walking on clouds. From €55, oofos.com. @susannahta­ylor_

 ?? ??

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland