My journey into running started rather abruptly – a spur of the moment decision took me from being a couch potato to a half marathon runner in a matter of months. In the early days, all I knew was I had to run and I had to “stretch” after the run. Inspite of this “stretching”, I had “issues” every time I crossed mile 9-10. On recommendation from my local running store, I went to see a sports chiropractor who introduced me to the pleasures and pains of foam rolling. I came home armed with a $20 roller and instructions on how to use it. Ever since then, I’ve tried to incorporate foam rolling as part of my recovery process. I have used the above mentioned 4yo foam roller, the grid roller, the trigger point, the stick and plenty more! And then this gadget junkie got her hands on an Ensō roller!
I’ve been using the Ensō roller for almost 4 months now and it has easily moved up to the top of my favorite rollers (Is it even possible for you to “like” your foam roller? Hmm.. something seriously disturbing there. But I digress … ). I’d like to highlight some of the ways I’ve used the Ensō Roller.
The Ensō Roller comes with 8 disks of varying diameters and an aluminum tube. I change up the combination of the disks depending on what muscle group I’m targeting.
I was about 2 months into CrossFit and I had sore muscles where I didn’t know muscles existed. One of the most elusive muscles were my back muscles, along the spinal cord. Nothing, nothing I did quite reached the spot, even with a tennis ball or other self-massage balls.
I customized the Ensō roller to use just 2 (and sometimes 4) disks. I spaced them out so that the disks would hit the back muscles and not the bones. The contortion to roll myself out didn’t feel that bad anymore! And I received a helping hand from my minions who found it much easier to roll the roller up and down my back.
Glutes/Piriformis aka My Butt
Running/Triathlon and CrossFit can be a pain in the butt. Literally. With the glutes supporting so much of the running motion, a lot of my problems has started from my butt. Apart from a massage therapist, the only thing that used to give me some relief was a hard massage ball. And even then, I had to roll around quite a bit to get to that point. (Try it. It can be quite hilarious for someone to watch you gyrating while trying to massage the spot.)
With the Ensō roller I used 3 disks, a bigger one flanked by 2 smaller ones. This gave me the perfect massage to get to the trouble spot while also working out the kinks around the sore spot.
Just like the glutes/priformis, I’ve never been able to take care of it without the help of a massage therapist. Not even when I stretch it regularly. Using a combination similar to the glutes/piriformis (small, big, small), I have been able to roll my hamstring all the way from where it attaches to the hip to where it attaches to the knees with one long concentrated self-massage roll.
I don’t know about other runners, but I can never get my calf to stretch properly. My massage therapist says I have perpetual tight calfs. These super tight calfs have already given me a supposed injury scare and I don’t want to mess with them! The calf stretcher and the Stick helps a bit but again presenting me with the X number of gadgets for X muscles. With the Ensō roller, instead of using it as a roller, I customize with 2-3 discs of the same size and use it to massage my calfs like a stick.
If you haven’t noticed yet, I love the customizable aspect of the roller. I love that I can get it to work for different muscles to hit the exact sore spots without hurting the nearby bones. I also like that I have one single foam roller that can be used for all my muscles when earlier I used 4-5 gadgets.
Interested in the Ensō roller?
Check out what their website has to say and great video tips on how to use different combinations to get a great self-massage https://evofitforlife.com/using-configuring-ensō
I received a Ensō roller for reviewing the product. All opinions, are my own.
Want a Ensō roller for your own? The folks at EvoFitForLife are giving away an Ensō roller to one of you. Enter my giveaway for the chance to get your own roller. Here’s how you can win.
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