Ugh, foam rolling. It hurts! But I do it anyway, wincing and screaming, because I know full well the need to stretch and massage tight and tired muscles. Don’t do it, and you end up with a medically confirmed tight butt, which then turns into lower back pain and a whole host of unspeakables that I’d rather not remember.
Especially now that two-a-day workouts have become a nearly every day sort of thing and getting injured is really not on my Santa list. So rollin’ it is!
I’ve had this nifty li’l thing for a week now, and I’ve been pretty impressed with the kind of hurt it can instigate on tight muscles — calves in particular!
You see, unlike a foam roller, the ensō roller is made of eight different “rings” that can be re-positioned on a metal rod to have very little to no space between them — or enough space to fit your calf muscle quite tightly and squeeeeeeze through: Or you can space the rings out evenly and use the thing like a normal foam roller. Except you get more of a deep-tissue massage, because the rings (with their soft rubber covers — think of a barely inflated bike tire) go deeper into the muscle than a regular foam roller, which tends to put more evenly-spread pressure: And don’t let these photos fool you, the roller is pretty small, light and very easy to carry around:The foam roller looks so… long, doesn’t it?
KidRuns tested it, too. Here is his detailed review:Yup. It feels good. But it hurts. Sums it up well.
I’m not planning to retire the foam roller any time soon, but this one’s definitely going to get lots of use — especially when we’re traveling.
Disclaimer: I received the roller for free, for testing/ review purposes. Opinions are my own.