The Double massage ball is an excellent means of reducing tension, relieving aches and improving circulation. The balls offer a simple and pleasant method of self-massage that can be done any time, at home or work. These exercises are designed to reduce muscle tension and improve flexibility of specific joints and muscles. Simply place the ball in the specified areas and slowly move your body up and down along the double balls and then pivot side to side allowing the ball to massage the area.
Repeat this process for 30 – 60 seconds provided there it is comfortable and does not cause pain.
If you find a particular area of tightness, you can apply sustained pressure to that particular spot for 20 seconds or until the muscle relaxes.
Lie stationary on the balls for 30 seconds, then push through your heels and roll the balls down your spine 2cm.
To further increase the pressure from balls, fold arms across your chest. This exposes the joints in the mid thoracic region to more therapeutic pressure. Gently roll to one side if you feel pain more on one side.
To maximally increase pressure, raise your arms overhead. This position is especially beneficial for swimmers, cyclists, runners and triathletes.
Foot arch pain/ plantar fasciitis
The Double Massage balls can be used to massage the arches of the feet, and are very beneficial for plantar fasciitis. Whilst sitting, place both feet evenly on Balls and roll forwards and backwards for 5 minutes twice a day applying as much pressure as you can tolerate.
Gluteal / Piriformis
Balls are a great tool to lie on or sit on to release the tight trigger points in the gluteal region. Apply direct pressure to the tight gluteal muscles for 30 seconds or until the trigger point or tight muscle relaxes. Repeat in other tight adjacent areas.
Neck and headaches
Lie flat on your back, and rest your head on a pillow. Tuck your chin in slightly. Place balls under each side of your neck, and roll them up and down the neck region. Hold in specific area of tenderness and move head side to side to address get a more specific massage.
Make the massage stronger by removing the pillow. This is a good exercise for releasing muscle tension and fatigue in the neck.
Stand up straight, cross your legs, and place two small spikey balls between your side and a wall. Place your arm over your head to bend away from the wall (thus placing more pressure against the balls). You will feel a stretch on the side of your lower back.
For more tips and guides on how to use the balls check out www.Live-on-the-edge.com or to purchase a double massage ball (add link to website)