On April 14, 2019 at 12:30 pm, I had the pleasure of hosting an interactive Foam Rolling Seminar in Foley Gym at Plymouth State University. Prior to the event, I had posted flyers around campus and promoted my event on social media platforms, such as Instagram and Snapchat. A variety of majors and experience levels participated in the seminar and all of them discovered something new about foam rolling.
During the seminar I gave a brief overview of the benefits of foam rolling and when foam rolling should be implemented in a workout routine. I then walked the participants through a proper foam rolling routine that involved major muscle groups, such as glutes, hamstrings, quads, etc. and also walked them through accessory muscles that they would have never thought to foam roll, such as deltoids, serratus anterior, and triceps. We would foam roll each major muscle group for two minutes. During the two minutes, you would hear the sounds of mixed emotions throughout the group, such as pain and/or relief.
After the foam rolling concluded, they were given the opportunity to ask questions and discussions arose. A question I was asked that inspired me to do more research was whether or not a massage can make you more ill if you are starting to feel sick due to the increase in blood flow to the rest of the body when it comes to myofascial release. Not only did this seminar spark interest in the participants to continue using the tips and tricks they have learned throughout the seminar, but it also sparked an interest in myself to continue researching this topic.
Overall, I had a blast teaching my first ever class. With my future career working with patients and walking them through exercises, this project has helped me with being able to portray my message in a way everyone would be able to understand, even if they are not an Exercise Science related major. It was fulfilling to be able to share my knowledge I have gained with other individuals in my community here at Plymouth State, and my wish is for them to share the knowledge they have gained at my seminar with their friends and hoping it catches like wildfire.
I was lucky enough to interview a few individuals who attended the seminar to reflect on their thoughts and what they have learned. If you are interested in foam rolling and would like more information, I encourage you to check out my research paper on Self-Myofascial Release.