The Nayoya Roller


I love massage gadgets because they hold the promise of easy self-care in between professional massages. Several months ago I stumbled upon the Nayoya Roller. An athletic friend received it from a Physical Therapist during her treatment of an ongoing training injury to her leg.

The Nayoya Roller is very different from other rolling tools like the foam roller, Theracane, or The Stick. A small handheld tool that has a rolling inner ball piece encased in a plastic shell, it gently rolls over your muscles with a feel similar to swedish massage. The building block for most massage techniques, swedish massage utilizes long gliding strokes and kneading of the muscles to stimulate blood flow and create relaxation throughout the body. The Nayoya Roller resembles swedish massage in the fact that you do not use much force to achieve results. It works by affecting the fascia and releasing tension without stressing the tissue.

One of my clients used the Nayoya for a week and reported, “I love it because it’s so little fuss that I actually find myself using it all the time.”

The ball claims to be a spa in the palm of your hand and I have to admit it feels that way! It’s small enough to fit in your purse or briefcase, so there’s no excuse not to treat yourself to mini self-massage bliss. The best thing about the Nayoya Roller’s size is that you can easily and inconspicuously use it everywhere: at work, in the movie theatre, or even on the bus!


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