Wednesday, 18 January 2012

The Stick

One of the things that I've tried recently, in my never-ending attempt to improve flexibility and decrease stiffness, is a foam roller.  Jan the Physio recommended this the last time that I saw her.  It's meant to mimic the effects of a sports massage; basically, you have to support your body weight with your arms whilst moving said body back and forth over the roller.  Here's a view of what it's meant to look like, as demonstrated by a very fit person with a very flat stomach.  It doesn't quite look like that when done by a more normal-sized person who is still suffering from shoulder impingements and can't put her arms behind her.

Because I was finding it next to impossible to roll myself, a couple of nights ago I asked Bassman to roll me.  (Get your minds out of the gutter; this isn't that kind of blog!)  He used his superior strength and endless patience to roll the roller up and down my calves.  It was absolutely amazing.   I don't think that my calves have ever felt that relaxed, and there was a very obvious knock-on effect for my achilles tendons too.  The advice is to use the roller pre- and post-run as part of the warm up and cool down, which I'm happy to do but Bassman won't always be around for rolling duties.  So I did what any geeky gadget girl would do and looked on-line for something that would let me attend to my own massage needs.

Hello, The Stick.  I ordered one, and it arrived today.  I had some experimental rolls of my calves and hip flexors, and I think it will do nicely.  It's no replacement for Bassman, of course, but sometimes a girl just has to be self-sufficient.

Running update:  Following yesterday's debacle, I took today off from running.  Instead, I went to the gym and did 20 minutes on the exercise bike and 15 minutes on the cross-trainer.  Less impact on my joints and other bits while still getting my heart rate up.  Tomorrow is a rest day, and Friday is 10 miles.  Plenty of time to Stick myself.


  1. I have to say I found your blog most enlightening today, (after Tony stopped laughing in my ear) I decided I would look further into the possibility of obtaining a stick it might just help with some of my aches and pains.

  2. I definitely recommend it. After Tony sees how wonderful it is, perhaps he'll even decide to Stick himself! It's sold out in a lot of the on-line shops, but I finally found it here: Amazon has some similar Stick-like sticks that are cheaper than the one that I bought, so have a look at those too.