SoloRolo is an innovative, portable therapeutic massage tool that melts away knots in your body’s soft tissue areas from head to toe, including your upper back, shoulders, lower back, neck, hamstrings, plantar fascitis and quadriceps. Based on the principles of myofascial release, or trigger point massage, the SoloRolo focuses on relaxing contracted muscles, improving circulation, and stimulates stretch reflexes.
Muscle knots and tightness can be caused by any number of factors — sitting at a desk, lifting heavy objects, poor posture, or even overuse. Treating them can often be an expensive undertaking, requiring a substantial financial and time commitment in order to see any improvement. While physiotherapists, massage therapists, and chiropractors can make a huge difference in muscle soreness and stiffness as well as mobility, pain and tightness don’t simply vanish until your next appointment.
The SoloRolo improves on an old yet popular home-treatment — the simple tennis ball, which you trap between your body and a solid surface and roll on to achieve some relief. But the trouble with tennis balls is that they’re actually made for playing tennis, not for massaging your tight muscles and trigger points, and as a result, they roll around, and can be too soft to really provide relief when used as a massage tool instead. SoloRolo, on the other hand, was designed with just this purpose in mind.
Easy to use design guarantees safe, balanced motion
Delivers an intense, targeted head-to-toe massage
Evenly works more muscles than traditional massage balls and devices
Small, portable size makes it easy to take SoloRolo anywhere with you — to the gym, on a business trip, or easily move from room to room
Integrated friction pad means SoloRolo stays put – on the wall, on the floor, or anywhere you want to use it
Two built-in straps let you apply just the right amount of pressure and ensure proper placement
Self Myofascial Release Techniques
So, once you’ve got your SoloRolo, how do you use it? Try some of these simple exercises to get started. You should also consult with your physiotherapist, massage therapist, or other treatment provider for exercises tailored specifically for your injuries.
Place SoloRolo on a wall and with your back facing the device, grasp the integrated straps. Lean against the ball – just a little bit of pressure is enough – and roll gently until you locate a tender point. Once you find a tender spot, stop rolling and rest on the spot for 15 – 20 seconds until pain decreases. Roll gently away and repeat as needed until muscles are sufficiently relaxed and pain is decreased.
Leaning against the wall, place the SoloRolo underneath your trapezius muscle (mid-way between your neck and shoulder). Holding on to the straps, roll until you find tightness or knots and rest gently on the SoloRolo for 20 – 30 seconds. For an extra stretch, bring your arm out to the side and move it up towards your ear and down towards your torso.
Position the SoloRolo against the wall, and lean against it on either side of your lower spine (just above your hips). Holding the straps, use your arms to move yourself back and forth, applying pressure to tender or tight muscles in this area. Continue doing this for one or two minutes.
Lean sideways against the wall and place the SoloRolo in between your hamstring and the wall itself. Supporting yourself with your outside foot, balance and roll your inside hamstring along the ball, moving from your knee to your glutes. When you find a tender point, stop rolling and rest on the spot until the pain decreases or disappears entirely.
Place SoloRolo on the floor or a flat surface. Supporting your weight with the opposite foot, gently roll the full base of your tender foot over the top of the SoloRolo. Locate tight, knotty trigger points, and roll in just those spots for 20 – 30 seconds at a time. This pressure will help loosen the knots and relieve any tension.
Stand facing the wall with SoloRolo positioned between your quadriceps and the wall itself. With control of your core, roll against the SoloRolo from just below your hip to your knee, with a focus on the outside of your thigh. When you find a tender point, stop rolling and rest against the spot until the pain decreases or disappears entirely.
Generally, you want to roll on the SoloRolo with the base on a firm surface (ideally a wall), and a strap grasped in each hand. Roll until you feel a trigger point or hot spot in a muscle — it will be obvious when you get there because it hurts. Once you reach this spot, rest there for at least a few seconds — it’s the pressure that relieves the pain.
Do not stand on the SoloRolo, or drop it from any height.