If? Why? How? When?
..to roll foam like a pro?
Yes, foam rolling is a great form of self-massage, it can really relieve pain. Only though if you know how to do it properly, so that it actually helps you feel and perform better. Honestly, I was really sceptic when I saw this foam thing for the first time. Now, I cannot live without it. Here are some key points to roll foam like a pro :
Understand what the origin of pain is. Don't roll foam if there is possibility of inflammation, because with increasing blood flow, you can actually make inflammation in your body worse.
Slow down and give your brain enough time to tell your muscles to relax. This is the time to release the tension. Don't skip cool-down and stretching and give your body the rest it deserves.
Be wise with how much body weight you use. It's better to be safe than sorry, so if you feel there is too much pressure (for example, while rolling your IT Band), plant the foot on the floor to take some of the weight off the roller.
Make "it" a habit! Simply, you will get better benefits if you will do it on regular basis (after workout, long day at work, hiking...)