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Therapy Ball FAQ

Care + keeping of your new Therapy Balls
Congratulations on your investment towards your health! Your therapy balls will love you for a long time as long as you love them back. They are a natural rubber product, so copious amounts of light and air are their enemies. Sort of like Gremlins, I’d also recommend not feeding them after dark 😉

Store them in a opaque gym bag or closed container where they will not be exposed to direct sunlight. Daily use and then putting them away afterwards will help maintain their grippy texture for many uses. I use the same pair of therapy balls anywhere from 6 months to a year – it just depends on how soft you like them.

If you need to clean them – a damp towel with a super mild cleaning agent (tea tree oil or some Dr. Bronner’s) is great. To be honest, I do not clean my personal therapy balls often – I know where they’ve been and who they’ve touched. I do, however, have a separate pair that I use ONLY on my face for that concern.

How do I break in my new Therapy Balls?
Your brand new therapy balls will arrive slightly slippery and tough. You may want to wipe them off with a dry cloth to remove the sheen from the factory and then get to work rolling your feet. Pressure and your full body weight will help them to develop their soft, pliable texture quickly.

Get in the habit of switching between therapy balls every time use them – this will ensure that you don’t break one in and neglect the other! When you use two to roll up and down your spine, you don’t want one that is overly soft and one that is hard.

Where should I roll?
Everywhere! I have spots I know I have to diligently work on (my jaw, for example) that are always in rotation. Other than that, I check in with my body and tissues and go after what is currently sore or what I know kneads it (upper back and traps anyone?).

If I’ve been traveling or sitting a lot, quadriceps and hips are a must. If you use with your hands often, think of working on your hands, forearms and shoulders at least once a week.

Still not sure? I designed my 15 day Self-Care Startup Guide to help you build a self-care practice for every part of your body and mind. Instead of stressing out over what to roll – let me do it for you! Learn more about it here.

Where should I NOT roll?
Rolling is intuitive – just do what feels good! The only rules to follow are:

  • Don’t roll on bruised or actively injured tissue (perimeter and surrounding areas are fine)
  • Avoid the belly with solid therapy balls – the Coregeous ball is safe here
  • Avoid the inside of the wrists (Carpal tunnel area)
  • If you feel extra sore a tender 1-2 days after rolling, you probably over did it. Lessen your pressure or intensity the next time you roll that same site. Gives you a great reason to roll a different body part each day!
  • If you’re ever unsure or something feels creepy, just move the therapy ball up, down, left or right of where it currently is until it feels better.
How often should I do my self-care routine?
Just as I brush my teeth every day, I suggest rolling at least one part of your body daily. I realize that is not a possibility for everyone – but I promise that even with just a few times a week you will feel relief.

I have personally had the most success in carving out dedicated time each week where I roll and sticking to it. This will ensure it becomes part of your regular routine.

A 20-minute session can really do wonders for your overall health and well being! Ready to get started? I designed my 15 day Self-Care Startup Guide to help you start a self-care practice from the ground up. Each day, I’ll guide you through self-massage, mobility and mindfullness with videos and pictures to help reset your body and mind. Don’t stress about what to do – let me show you how! Learn more here.

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