Pick Your Roller

Women's Health (South Africa) - - BEST BODY -

Tra­di­tion­ally, a foam roller is a dense, firm sponge cylin­der that comes in vary­ing lengths. You roll back and forth on it to ap­ply pres­sure to tar­geted ar­eas in the body where you feel re­stric­tions or dis­com­fort. Th­ese days rollers take var­i­ous dif­fer­ent forms so you can more eas­ily tar­get dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the body

Mas­sage ball

Por­ta­ble enough to keep in your hand­bag, you can use it on very tar­geted tight spots. Par­tic­u­larly good for up­per back, glutes and un­der your feet. Trig­gerPoint Mas­sage Ball, R200

Short roller

Great for be­gin­ners, it’s spongy and easy to ma­noeu­vre. Pack it in your suit­case to ease travel stiff­ness. OTG Mini Foam Roller, R300

Long roller

Ef­fec­tive for rolling the long mus­cles in your back and legs. Plus you can lie over it to re­lease ten­sion in your spine, chest and neck. GoFit Pro Foam Roller, R600

Tex­tured roller

More ad­vanced rolling fans will love how the raised bits get into those knots – it hurts though! EcoWell­ness Roller, R500

Con­tour roller

The flex­i­ble stick means you can bend it around tricky spots, like thighs and shoul­ders; the spaced- out rollers are per­fect for tar­get­ing long, ropey mus­cles like those on ei­ther side of your spine. Trig­gerPoint STK Con­tour, R600

Mas­sage stick

If you’ve ever eyed your rolling pin for mus­cle re­lief, use this in­stead – par­tic­u­larly on your legs and the top of your shoul­ders. Trig­gerPoint STK Sleek, R600

High-tech roller

A choice of three vi­bra­tion set­tings gives you even deeper mus­cle ac­ti­va­tion than reg­u­lar rolling. Hyper­Ice Vyper 2.0, R3 999

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