Spikey balls- AKA Massage balls, are a great Pilates prop but very often underused and misunderstood! They can be a great addition to your workout for adding extra challenge, increasing your body awareness, or releasing tight muscles. Let’s discuss these points further:
Another favourite area for tightening up and causing us problems! The hip joint is a large, complex joint but it is actually often a tight joint, surrounded by the gluteals and smaller rotator muscles that can shorten and restrict the hip even more.
These surrounding muscles are used so much for pelvic stability, which becomes essential for all sports, not least in running. They support the impact from the ground and if well developed, they can reduce the load through the smaller joints like the knee and ankle. However, because they are working so hard they tighten so easily!
Try these 5 hip opening stretches to loosen the hips: