What is Self-Myofascial Release?
Self-myofascial release is a self-massage technique where you use a particular object (e.g. foam roller, therapy ball, etc.) to apply pressure on a muscular sore spot to release tension and improve muscle performance.
What is The Roll Model® Method?
The Roll Model® Method (RMM), developed by Jill Miller, is a type of self-myofascial release that teaches you to use a variety of grippy, pliable rubber balls to eradicate your aches and pains so that you feel, move, and breathe better in your body.
How Does the Roll Model® Method Work?
Muscles and associated tissues can become filled with trigger points as a result of lack of use, poor nutrition, scar tissue, emotional holding, or other reasons.
Trigger points are restrictions, or adhesions, where the tissue becomes extra tight. When a muscle, or its surrounding tissue, has trigger points, the muscle cannot function properly, and neither can the joint(s) to which that muscles attaches.
Rolling compresses and teases apart these trigger points, causing the various sensory receptors in that area to relax. Rolling also increases circulation in that area, so nutrients can enter and waste products can exit. This increased tissue perfusion helps the muscle and surrounding connective tissue to function better.
What Can The Roll Model® Method Do For Me?
The RMM has been proven to help with:
Improving proprioception (i.e. your body’s ability to sense where it is in space)
Relieving aches and pains
Enhancing breathing function
Reducing tactile defensiveness
How is the Roll Model® Method Used in My Personalized Yoga Session?
The goal in RMM is that you ultimately learn how to roll your own tissues using the therapy balls. You will be given instruction on how to use the therapy balls during your personalized yoga session.
Your personalized yoga session can include as much rolling as you want to. It totally depends on your wants and needs. You can practice rolling for an entire session, parts of your session, or not at all.