Rolling has become a recent hype for trainers and their clients to prep for exercise, recover faster from workouts and prevent injury. A recent introduction is Trigger Point Performance. TPP was developed by Cassidy Philips, a successful triathlete, designed the tools to help his body which is being affected by Fibromyalgia.
Jill Stoppel-Davis, owner of Excel Wellness Studio in Overland Park, KS, hosted Level One Trigger Point Seminar on February 16th for local trainers to attend and learn what is so spectacular about TPP compared to those foam cylinders everyone seems to be cringing over. I was lucky enough to attend and have compiled a comparison between another specialized rolling technique that I am well versed in, Yamuna Body Rolling.
- Yamuna Body Rolling consist of soft, round balls which may be a better choice for beginners or those with less muscle. Than you may progress to TPP products.
- Trigger Point has a kit that includes a quad roller, calf roller, foam block, two massage balls and TPP sock. YBR uses different size balls for a kit, all to used accordingly to different areas of the body.
- The Grid takes a traditional foam roller and industrializes it for durability. It can also used as a regression to the TPP kit pieces if rolling is too intense.
- Research has show that variation of pressure points during rolling is more effective than using smooth rollers. TPP takes advantage of this by applying a grid-like surface on their roller.
- Yamuna Body Rolling provides a spherical shape that can safely get into the crevasses of the body such as the hip, shoulder, throat and neck.
- The TPP massage ball, quad and calf roller uses a hand stitch fabric that provides traction in order to grab the muscle and cross-fiber to manipulate.
- TTP simulates finger touch while YBR provides more of palm pressure.
- Yamuna rolls from origin of muscle to insertions while Trigger Point rolls from insertion to origin. (Origin is the muscle attachment closest to the body/spine).
- Trigger Point Performance also has a cold roller to apply to the muscle to increase range of motion.
Like different techniques a massage therapies uses, we find that Trigger Point and Yamuna have similar intentions while providing different techniques. I give TTP four starts for the simple fact of the intensity and increased danger of rolling wrong on the small TPP ball at a beginner level. Breathing to decrease pain is very important. Do not roll without proper instruction. In my professional opinion, a combination of the two will be a great addition to training providing massive benefits to athletes and weekend warriors.
If you are interested in learning more about Jill's Continuing Educational Courses and CPR certifications in the Kansas City area, please contact her by website or 913-498-1535. Upcoming events include Excel's 5th Birthday Party on 3/29 and CEUs Anthony Trucks 'Weight Room Training System' & 'Building Better Athletes' 7/26-7/27. RSVP-Limited Space.