I was given the opportunity by Massage Track to evaluate and review the benefits of their product. I was excited to receive it as I am new to the foam rolling revolution and I liked the potential for this product to achieve specificity that I felt was somewhat lacking in the traditional foam roller. I am a Licensed Massage Therapist and am, obviously, a huge supporter of soft tissue work. The work I do is technical and structural in nature… in other words…very specific. While I am also a believer in relaxation and stress reduction, the majority of the work I do is geared towards the alleviation of pain and imbalance in the body. Recently I was in a motor vehicle accident and came to realize that, while getting work done by my qualified practitioners is really important, when I am able to augment that work by self care at home, the results were much faster and more effective.
When I opened the bag that my Massage Track arrived in, I decided to try it out first, without reviewing the materials, to see how intuitive it was. I made the common rookie mistakes of trying to roll my spine up and down the track and it was quite uncomfortable! Ok, so let’s look at the instructions now and see if there is something I missed. I have to say, that the video was very helpful. I realized what I was doing wrong and corrected it. The best way to do soft tissue work is slowly. The video emphasized this with every segment. By the end, it was drilled in my head that if I wasn’t holding the position I was “wasting my time.” The only thing I didn’t like about the video guide is that they use different balls and sizes than the ones I got in my package. In a way that’s good because you can see that the Massage Track works not only with the balls they offer, but also just about anything you have at home, tennis ball, lacrosse ball, etc. For me, though, I like to see how things are done with what I have been given.
Once I got a better idea of how to use the Massage Track, I was able to utilize it much more effectively. I love how the track keeps the massage balls in place. They don’t roll around which makes it easier to get them where you want them. I especially like how I can get to my upper ribs (shoulders, traps) using the track. Getting direct pressure there is so helpful! (And uncomfortable!!) There are also directions for getting to the psoas (which I LOVE!) as well as working on forearms and lower legs. These areas have been a challenge for me to access, so I’m grateful for a self care tool that allows me to do so.
In the end, I’m very happy with this product. While nothing substitutes for the skill, caring and intuition of a trained soft tissue worker, having a tool that gives such controlled and specific relief is a practical and efficient tool towards my own self care routine. I highly recommend it!