RollingFWD vibrating massage foam roller

We’re all familiar (or should be) with foam rollers. And we’ve probably all wandered into a Brookstone and given in to the guilty little pleasure that is the vibrating massage chair. Now, combine those two and you get the RollingFWD massage roller with vibration.

After shamelessly rolling around on it for a few minutes at Interbike, it’s now at the top of my wish list. The core is solid, covered by enough foam to be comfortable yet still press deep enough into the muscle. Once turned on, there are three levels of vibration intensity, which helps boost blood flow for even faster recovery. It’s rechargeable and will come in 18″ and 36″ lengths and should start shipping in March.

Roll on down for more details and other new things to keep those muscles loose…

RollingFWD vibrating massage foam roller

Inside the device is a rechargeable lithium ion battery that’s good for up to 11 hours. Retail prices will be $199 for the shorty and $249 for the long one, shown here. Already owning two shorter massage rollers, I’d strongly recommend the longer one unless you need it portable for travel.

Check out their Kickstarter campaign here…it’s already met it’s funding goal, but it’s still open if you wanna nab one at a deal.

trigger point therapy grippy massage balls

I’ve been a fan of Triggerpoint Therapy’s rollers and massage balls for years, even including them in my holiday gift guide last year. Now, they’ve updated the massage balls with a new material and size. The larger MB5 is a 5″ diameter firm foam ball for hip mobility comes out in November for $24.99. I’ve found this size is also really good for hitting the psoas muscle, which is almost constantly in a shortened position while sitting, whether that’s at a desk or on the bike. Ever stood up and taken a few seconds to be able to stand fully erect? That’s a tight psoas.

The MB1, which is the smaller size (about 2.5″ diameter) now comes in a firmer MBX version, too. All three use a grippier rubbery texture that won’t slip around on hard floors like their original cloth covered ones. Those are still available, but these new ones seem like the better option. They’re easier to clean, too.

trigger point therapy combo packages of rollers and massage balls and blocks

TP’s combo kits all get revamped retail packaging. All education (aka instructions) is now digital and can be downloaded to mobile, no more DVD and booklet in the packaged collections. The collections drop down to just three options.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Good call on the Rolling Forward – just backed – thanks for posting it.

    I don’t go anywhere without a Trigger Point roller anymore. I pack the orange grid one in my carry-on bag and stuff clothes inside the tube.

  2. How are you able to hit the psoas? That would be feat to see for sure, as it sits at the back of the abdominal cavity and runs over the back of pelvis and attaches to the inside of the femur. So once again BR talking out of their psoas.

  3. FoolCyclist – Good question. The psoas is a very difficult muscle to get to, for sure. I’ve worked with two very well educated and experienced physical therapists and chiropractors (the good kind that are actual athletes themselves) and both have shown me the proper technique. The 5″ ball is good for this by placing it slightly inward and upward of your anterior hip bone, then letting your abdomen relax and sink into it. Depending on how tight your muscles are there, you’ll either feel it immediately or feel it by getting into the cobra pose (yoga). It also helps to pull your heel to your butt if you can manage all that while also relaxing the muscles so they can stretch over the ball. Once you feel it (and you’ll know it when you do), just continue to breathe until the muscle relaxes.

    Or, you can hit it while laying on your back:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xcx9P5KFNk8

    Add in the couch stretch and you’ll feel like a new person:
    http://www.mobilitywod.com/propreview/couch-stretch-tight-hips-dont-go-in-the-pain-cave-mobility-project-episode-2/

    And then check out Becoming A Supple Leopard from your local library.

  4. Tyler – I will have to look into some of these. As a DO that does lots of manipulation on my patients, I am familiar with the difficulties of the psoas. There are quite a few good techniques to stretch it, but due to its location, it can be tough to “massage”. I may have to pick up one of the 5 inch balls and give it a shot.

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