A few days ago, I told you I purchased the Rumble Roller as part of my Summer Anti-Cellulite Surge (SAS). I’m so excited to tell you about it, I just can’t wait until Monday’s SAS post to give you an update.
As mentioned in previous posts, foam rollers are used by body builders and physical therapists to loosen muscle tension and increase blood flow to the area. The Rumble Roller is a brand of foam roller with special “bumps” designed to help knead the muscle tissue.
Prior to my purchase, I read other user reviews and I was impressed with a post on this message board. Here’s the line that sold me:
I can comfortably say, though, that the RumbleRoller is the next best thing to professional massage.
Several years ago, a masseuse found a large “knot” behind my right shoulder blade. I had never noticed it before. She spent almost the entire hour trying to work it out. I’ve never been so sore after a massage. She warned me I wouldn’t be rid of the knot completely and she was right.
Since then, on the rare occasion when I go for a professional massage, I always tell the therapist about the knot on my back. None of them have been able to target it as specifically as that first masseuse. I’ve trained my loved ones to be able to find “The Knot,” but I’m too proud to beg for daily massages which is what I probably need to work this baby out.
I could tell you I was eager to test out my new purchase, but that would be an understatement. I’ve had this knot for YEARS and it won’t budge. Could the RumbleRoller be the answer I was looking for?
The retailer threw a handy instructional pamphlet in with my purchase, so I looked it over before giving the exercises a shot. Using a foam roller is kindof like balancing on one of those exercise balls –it can take a few tries to figure out exactly how it’s done. I tried each of the exercises for the legs and then moved on to the back and neck.
I wasn’t wowed by the Rumble Roller after my first session, but I was surprised the next morning when I felt tenderness in my neck at the base of the skull (the area my lymph drainage therapist referred to as “the water wheel”). This wasn’t a bad soreness. The way you use the Rumble Roller on the neck is very gentle. You’re really just moving your head from side to side and resting it on the roller as the “bumps” slowly massage the tense areas. It’s surprisingly relaxing. The soreness I felt afterward is the same soreness you get after a really good massage. The Rumble Roller was doing something.
The next time I used the Rumble Roller, I was determined to find a way to target The Knot on my back. The pamphlet recommends rolling the upper back from a sit-up position (like this) but I wasn’t able to find the spot behind my shoulder using this technique. After a few failed variations, I finally had the bright idea of using the roller against the wall while standing. This position gave me the added control I needed to direct the “specially designed bumps” toward the area that’s been giving me trouble all these years.
I am now officially addicted to the Rumble Roller. I honestly cannot tell you if it does a thing for cellulite because I’ve used it solely to target The Knot every day since I discovered the standing technique. I’ll move on to the legs eventually, but the Rumble Roller has already paid for itself as far as I’m concerned. It’s even better than most of the professional massages I’ve experienced.
I’ve often wondered what caused The Knot in the first place. Was it stress? The way I sit at work? Or is it because that’s where the main lymphatic ducts drain into the primary circulatory system? I might never know, but my intuition tells me that breaking up the infamous Knot is an important step in restoring my body to its natural state of radiant health.
I’m still figuring out how to set up our forum, but feel free to come over and say hi while I’m working on it. It’s always nice to hear from my fellow cellulite investigators!