Foam Rolling has significant benefits for all pole dancers including:
Foam Rolling & Flexibility
We all know as pole dancers, having your splits down is super important. So if you aren't there yet, and stretching constantly just isn't doing the trick, you need to consider foam rolling!
Have you ever met anyone that is just naturally bendy and flexible? Warm or cold, they can drop down into the splits like it's nothing? This is due to the makeup of their body. Ligaments (what connects our bones) and tendons (what connects our muscle to bone) are made up of collagen. Individuals that are naturally more flexible have more collagen in their connective tissue. The excess collagen is what allows them to be more limber and hyper flexible. Those of us that are NOT naturally flexible, have to work at it a little more.
If you are not a natural-born flexy machine, you likely have less collagen in your connective tissue than our super-flexy counterparts. Collagen levels are generally hereditary and will decrease as you age. There are ways to increase your collagen. The most common way to increase collagen are to eat foods rich in protein, as well as taking a collagen supplement. Having low amounts of collagen in your connective tissue causes stiffness in the muscles and joints. Foam rolling does not directly increase collagen production; however, it is still beneficial.
Foam rolling massages the deep tissue in your body in order to loosen up your ligaments and tendons,. This will alleviate the stiffness you may feel. It's essentially like giving yourself a deep tissue massage. Deep tissue massages aid in loosening up your connective tissue (hence increasing flexibility) as well as increasing blood flow. The better your blood flow, the less prone you are to spider veins and cellulite.
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