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SMARTROLLER® Guide to Optimal Movement – 2nd Edition

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The second edition of this popular book contains updated education and exercises for the SMARTROLLER® family of products.

This companion guide for the SMARTROLLER foam roller and family of products is written for anyone who wants to move with greater comfort, ease, and mindfulness.

New updates include quick lessons called “SMARTROLLER Shortcuts” with links to online videos demonstrating the movements. The latest neuroscience and fascial research make the guide relevant for physical therapy, Pilates, Feldenkrais® and yoga.

Exercises in the book are designed for people of all ages and abilities, helping them to:

  • Promote balance and body awareness
  • Assist with sensory motor learning
  • Improve posture and alignment
  • Decrease stress and muscle tension
  • Increase flexibility and range of motion  
Written by physical therapist Stacy Barrows PT, DPT, GCFP, PMA®-CPT.

Illustrated. Spiral-bound soft cover; 96 pages.

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January 15, 2014 / Ruben Cervantes, Personal Trainer, CPT, CES, PES - Lynwood CA

Simple to understand, detailed, and systematic.

I am a war veteran with a lot of mileage on my spine, shoulders, hips, and knees. I suffered from a lot of overuse injuries, trauma, and just so much pain brought on from improper training, Humvee accidents, and overuse. When I became a personal trainer I learned how to properly train and specialized in corrective exercise, which I applied to my own training. Much of the pain from the overuse injuries subsided. However, there were still remnants of compensation patterns, tightness, and joint restrictions that no matter what I tried; standard foam rolling, physical therapy, chiropractors, massage therapist and acupuncturists, I could not rid myself of recurring injuries. After meeting Stacy Barrows, I was first introduced to the Feldenkrais method. That literally turned my whole world upside down. For the past 10 years as a professional personal trainer I had never encountered a system so profound. I couldn’t wrap my head around it but I knew it was a gold mine. So I bought a smartroller and OPTP SmartRoller Guide to Optimal Movement and commenced studying. It was simple to understand, detailed, and systematic. I was amazed that such an abstract concept could feel so understandable. The concepts alone have helped me put motor learning into a proper perspective. It’s helped me systematically show my clients through a simple method of very conscious movement and how to move with more grace and ease, unlocking the movement they were born with or at least pretty close. With my own training, it has brought me closer to understanding why we do what we do and how we can more effectively learn to move well. I have used the concepts to self-rehabilitate myself. I have become a better athlete, bodybuilder, and trainer. Overall I am very happy with my purchase and look forward to continue using these methods in my practice for many years to come.
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I am a war veteran with a lot of mileage on my spine, shoulders, hips, and knees. I suffered from a lot of overuse injuries, trauma, and just so much pain brought on from improper training, Humvee accidents, and overuse. When I became a personal trainer I learned how to properly train and specialized in corrective exercise, which I applied to my own training. Much of the pain from the overuse injuries subsided. However, there were still remnants of compensation patterns, tightness, and joint restrictions that no matter what I tried; standard foam rolling, physical therapy, chiropractors, massage therapist and acupuncturists, I could not rid myself of recurring injuries. After meeting Stacy Barrows, I was first introduced to the Feldenkrais method. That literally turned my whole world upside down. For the past 10 years as a professional personal trainer I had never encountered a system so profound. I couldn’t wrap my head around it but I knew it was a gold mine. So I bought a smartroller and OPTP SmartRoller Guide to Optimal Movement and commenced studying. It was simple to understand, detailed, and systematic. I was amazed that such an abstract concept could feel so understandable. The concepts alone have helped me put motor learning into a proper perspective. It’s helped me systematically show my clients through a simple method of very conscious movement and how to move with more grace and ease, unlocking the movement they were born with or at least pretty close. With my own training, it has brought me closer to understanding why we do what we do and how we can more effectively learn to move well. I have used the concepts to self-rehabilitate myself. I have become a better athlete, bodybuilder, and trainer. Overall I am very happy with my purchase and look forward to continue using these methods in my practice for many years to come.

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September 27, 2013 / Todd Hargrove, Certified Rolfer and Feldenkrais Practitioner - Seattle, WA

Smart Roller Guide to Optimal Movement

Smart Roller Guide to Optimal Movement by Stacy Barrows is more than just a manual explaining how to use a foam roller. It includes discussion of recent advances in neuroscience, and their concordance with various mind body approaches to therapy, such as the Feldenkrais Method. It takes complex ideas and translates them into simple and practical ways to improve balance, breathing, posture, hip mobility and power. And it is beautifully written, illustrated and designed. Highly recommended!
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Smart Roller Guide to Optimal Movement by Stacy Barrows is more than just a manual explaining how to use a foam roller. It includes discussion of recent advances in neuroscience, and their concordance with various mind body approaches to therapy, such as the Feldenkrais Method. It takes complex ideas and translates them into simple and practical ways to improve balance, breathing, posture, hip mobility and power. And it is beautifully written, illustrated and designed. Highly recommended!

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