I bought the Body Track and Massage Ball sets, and I LOVE these products. Two years ago, I was having significant sciatica pain, and sought out the services of a reputable Deep Tissue Massage therapist. She fixed my problem in weeks, primarily by focusing on Deep Tissue Massage of my glutes. I see this therapist every week, but she did suggest ball therapy in between sessions. But until now, I did not find that convenient. With this Deep Recovery product, I put the lacrosse balls in the outer tracks, then sit on the Body Track, putting pressure on my glutes. Oh Boy, does that feel good. As recommended, I do hold my position for several seconds , e.g. 10-15, then roll around a bit to locate another spot nearby. Recently I have started lifting weights, and I find my shoulders and back get tight within a day or two of the exercise. To fix this, I put the balls on the inner tracks, lie back on the tracks, and start with the shoulders. With the balls at the shoulders, it helps to raise your arms over your head, while lying flat, to allow the balls to put the appropriate pressure on the shoulders. I then work my way down my back, as I feel necessary, holding still in each position. This really loosens up my shoulders and back amazingly well. Since I have two years experience with weekly deep tissue massage, the hard Lacrosse balls that I bought work very well. Newcomers to deep tissue massage might want to start with softer balls. I showed this set to my massage therapist, and she loved it as well! As you can imagine, she gets tight herself due to her profession, and she has trouble finding another therapist that can give her the deep, deep tissue massage that she needs. Within just a few minutes, she had loosened her glutes, neck, and back enough to prepare her for her pilates class. I can’t say enough good things about this product for those who appreciate deep tissue massage.
I highly recommend Deep Recovery and everyone at the gym loves them! The tools are great for post-workout recovery.
These things are amazing!
My passion is running and my other passion is physical therapy and the human body. Previously for my own self-care, I used a lot of baseballs and lacrosse balls on the floor and golf balls to try to do tissue work on myself but Deep Recovery has changed that a good bit because it makes it a lot easier to do something similar but in a very specific and more effective way. Putting the balls on the track keeps them from rolling away and allows you to provide different angles of pressure simultaneously. I do recommend it to my patients, especially those who need deep tissue work and some ongoing soft tissue mobilization. The Massage Track is different from a lot of self-massage tools I’ve used before. It’s simple, portable, and easy-to-use. Personally I find the Massage Track most useful on my lower legs. I find with running my calves and lower legs gets very tight and require a lot of extra attention. I also like it for the lower and upper back. The videos help show how to work through the tissue methodically. Rather than just rolling around, you hold a location for a certain period of time which is pressure-point release. When I use my hands in the clinic, I do something similar. This is a way for you to do that on your own. I use the tools as frequently as possible. If it were up to me, I do it every day. Sometimes it’s only a few minutes a day but usually I can find something I need to work through.
I’m hoping to be a professional musician after I graduate from CU and I love to play in orchestra and chamber music and teach violin. I started playing violin in third grade when I was 7 at my public elementary school. I just joined the orchestra program there and I played piano for a couple years before that. I discovered the Deep Recovery tools about a year after my initial injury after I heard about them from another musician, a cellist, and they helped me to realize that I still needed to do some myofascial release in my larger and smaller muscle groups. Those helped me to discover what my body needed and also gave me the tools to do that at home. I actually use the mini foam roller a lot. It really helps me release a lot of my shoulder blade and pectoral muscle areas which are hard to reach by yourself and put enough pressure on them to really release them. I also like using the Body Track a lot on my forearms. The Deep Recovery tools have helped me a lot with just everyday maintenance with my body, without having to go in for huge medical appointments constantly but rather just being able to keep myself in check at home in between my busy schedule at school and practicing.
I’ve been practicing yoga for over 15 years and been teaching it for a little over five years. I love being in the outdoors. I’m an avid rock climber and trail runner, love hiking, doing 14 hours backpacking. It’s great to be out in the country and I also enjoy riding a road bike. I just enjoy being active and enjoy using the Deep Recovery balls for a variety of reasons. I like the versatility of the balls that Deep Recovery has, the multiple sizes, the different densities in the balls and this gives someone an opportunity to play with something that works for them based on how soft or how firm they want the ball to be. I use massage balls while practicing yoga and if I’m taking a class, I use them to help bring deeper releases into my shoulders, my lower back, my piriformis after riding the bike or hiking. I’m naturally hyper mobile and rock climbing has provided a balance of strength. I’m bringing more muscle into my body so I find this balance a lot more stable in my body. After coming back from a road trip, for example, I’ll put the massage balls behind my shoulders or my lower back as I’m driving. It’s a little secret that I have and if I’m at a campsite, I roll out my mat or just bring a ball underneath my back, sometimes onto my quadriceps. I use it in practice but also at home instead of getting out a huge foam roller just for different purposes.
I actually think both are great. When I want to hone in on very specific target areas, I prefer using the massage ball. Yoga is a beautiful practice. It’s taught me a lot and I love the duality of the practice. This dynamic aspect of strength but also finding more serenity and being able to surrender. I mean that harmony between the masculine and feminine energies, allowing for myself to build a lot of strength physically but also mentally, emotionally as well. And then also really giving myself permission to soften to surrender and acknowledge that not all the postures are going to be super accessible on any given day.
I’ve been doing massage therapy since 2003 so that gives me almost 14 years of experience and then I became a licensed medical professional in 2007. I’ve been using the Deep Recovery tools for four years and what do I like about them? I like that I don’t have to pay a hundred dollars a session to use them that’s one. I know that I’m going to get the release I need, where I need it, and that there’s no time limit. So if I need to sit on something for a while for it to let out and then move forward and sit there for a while and let that out, I don’t have to wonder time is ticking away and my money is going down the drain and I’m not getting what I need. I know I’m getting what I need and when I do my recovery practice, sometimes I’ll be with that whole system two hours just doing it, laying on it, breathing, relaxing. I have to say that sometimes I’m sore after I go through a deep recovery but with regular practice, I’m not sore so I really love it. I’m really glad to have it. I do experience regular pain in my hands and arms, in my shoulders, in my neck and my back because manual therapy practice is a full-body job. I do get manual massage at least once a month. Twice a month is optimal but I do find besides the lifestyle habits, the Deep Recovery tools are excellent for that. They helped me to get to a point where I’m not suffering from pain and it helps to facilitate the recovery when I’m doing asana or yoga practice that really helps me a lot. You can’t stretch a tight muscle. You actually really have to release it and I just think that the Deep Recovery tools are excellent for that.
I love the four inch balls and was so grateful when I got them. I love these I really do. One of the things I like about them is I can just take them to the gym. Foam rollers are okay but they don’t get those really specific parts and it’s a lot to take my Body Track everywhere and I don’t always get the amount of space covered that I’d like to have covered with the smaller balls. The 4 inch set is perfect so I take it with me to the gym and after training ,then I’ll use this almost everywhere. I almost use it like a foam roller when I’m using this and I have to say maybe this is inappropriate, but I put it in bed with me. I don’t get the deep tissue relief like I would with a trigger point but I get the facial opening by resting on it and I don’t have to worry about I’m spending three hours rolling my body out. I just switch it while I’m resting in bed, move it around. They have kept me out of hip pain and low back pain a lot. Before I had these, I was really struggling with low back and hip pain. It was a chronic thing that I have to mitigate all the time, sometimes taking ibuprofen that I wouldn’t want to take, just so that I can work. I can release with these at night after working a long day since simetimes I don’t have the strength to really roll out because I’ve worked seven hours of manual labor. I can just rest on these. It releases, in specific the TFL tensor fasciae latae muscle, that goes into the lateral IT band. That changed my life and it has really decreased my hip pain which decreases my back pain and I just am so grateful.