Published on June 1st, 2016 | by Catherine Tingey0
My 5 Favorite Yoga Tools
My 5 Favorite Yoga Tools
I’ve always had an array of massage tools, back scratchers and assorted plastic nubby thingies to roll my body out with.
Recently, I’ve started working with older clients and those recovering from injuries/illness (hip/knee replacements, discectomies, cancer, CFS), and I’ve cherry picked my 5 Favorite Yoga Tools…
These tools are often part of our rehab program and all of these I personally use myself.
Here are my 5 Favorite Yoga Tools, in no particular order.
1- Yoga Tune Up Balls (original size) $16.19
These are the topic of many a joke in my sessions. Did you bring your balls? Why don’t you try using the balls without the sack? Yoga Tune Up balls are similar to those pink 99 cent store rubber balls of yore, but slightly denser and they come in a little net ‘tote.’
Jill Miller, the woman behind the balls and creator of the Roll Method, teaches workshops on how to implement them. I’ve taken a couple with her certified instructors.
Unlike tennis balls which can shoot out from under you, these little guys are denser and their grippy texture, when applied to bare skin, ensures they stay put.
I’ve helped clients with neck impingements, shoulder impingements and low back pain with these balls. They’ve also helped relieve chronic tendonitis in one of my clients’ forearms.
2- Theracane $27.95
There is nothing quite like this large green candy cane for relieving trigger points, especially in the shoulders and back. Less blunt than the Yoga Tune Up Balls, the tip of the Theracane is just about 1″ in diameter – great for finding a knot and gently applying pressure to it. Also comes with a small handbook with ideas about how to reach all parts of the body.
I use this on my low back and hamstrings, but it’s most commonly used for upper body tightness.
3- Shiatsu Roller $23.99
Some of my older clients really like this to assist in self-massage of the thighs, calves and shins. It can also be placed on the floor to gently roll out the feet.
I have used it on my lower back, hamstrings, shins, calves and entire arm. I use the Shiatsu Roller like one might use a dry brushing technique – overall invigorates the body through mild surface stimulation.
4- Rumble Roller (original, half-size) $44.95
The enemy of tight IT bands and QLs (quadratus lumborum), the Rumble Roller is a foam roller with ‘tude’. Nubby treads give this roller deeper penetration into the muscles.
One of my clients rolls out his glutes and IT band on this until he starts sweating. It’s definitely a product that creates a ‘good hurt’. People who do not like deep-tissue massage will want to stay away from this.
5- Vyper Roller $199
This vibrating high-density foam roller takes myofascial release to a new level. It has 3 settings – avoid the higher two – they will rattle your eyeballs out of your head. There are probably contraindications against using it near the base of the neck if you have glaucoma.
That said, it’s a great roller for the glutes and low back. Very powerful, so best to use on a carpet or well-padded rug and if you live in an apartment, warn your downstairs neighbors first. 😉
** I am not presently, nor have I ever been, affiliated with any of the companies or manufacturers of these products.