TRIGGER POINT TRAINING TOOLS
In all cases, we want to maximize our body's flow. Blockages are bad. It's terrible waking up in the morning and feeling certain muscles are super-tight. Even worse is getting on the bike and feeling like you've already worked some muscles to their limit. If you feel that your hips and lower back are persistently, naggingly sore or tight when they shouldn't be, Trigger Point Performance Therapy has the Performance Hip and Lower Back Kit.
This kit has all the tools of the Starter Set (Foam Block, Footballer, and Massage Ball), plus the Quadballer and TPPT's Hip and Lower Back DVD.
With the starter set, you can work on the soleus, calves, piriformis (no small feat), pectorals, back, shoulders, and neck. Add the Quadballer, and you can do your quadriceps, your IT band, hamstrings, psoas, sciatic nerve, and lower back.
TPPT is about self-massage. In the past, self-massage has largely meant putting your feet up on a wall, letting gravity help with blood flow, and using your fingers to work your muscles. The problem for many is that it's hard to know how hard to work the muscles, and even when you know, you're either too tired you don't want to bother or your hands just aren't strong enough to go for long.
TPPT products work in two ways: first, they mimic the feel of a human hand and second, they allow you to use your body weight to apply pressure. The feel of a human hand might be one of the key's to massage; it's soft and firm at the same time -- padding covering bone. The TPPT products that contact your body have the same features, soft on the outside, firm on the inside. And the way you apply pressure is not by gripping or squeezing with your hands, but allowing your body weight to press against the TPPT items.
TPPT sees their products as both "Pre-Gen" and "Re-Gen" activities. Pre-Gen means doing a massage routine for five to seven minutes before exercising. These pre-exercise efforts are releasing, lengthening, and strengthening muscles, preparing them to perform without limit. After the workout, doing a routine again an hour after you finish, and possibly again 1.5 hours before bed is considered "Re-Gen," for restoring, relaxing, and rebuilding, and improving recovery.
The Trigger Point Performance Therapy Performance Hip and Lower Back Kit includes two Massage Balls, a Footballer, Foam Block, and the Quadballer. It also includes a DVD that has both a detailed how-to section of videos as well as a 30-minute "Re-Gen" class video that you can participate with, which is excellent for those who have trouble getting into stretching or massage habits.