“Running is a great way to get out and free the mind and body – but sometimes you need to rest and take care of the abuse you have had your body endure.”
This blog is a review of a new Canadian product out on the market for runners or those who need to massage their tired or sore body.
A hands free massage. I mean who does not like the sound of that? A new Canadian company has come up with something that frees up the hands and allows you to roll/massage spots on your tired body. I saw the product and was intrigued, so I reached out to my fellow Canucks to find out more. They sent me one. Its called SoloRolo.
It is described as an easy myosfascial massage tool that can replace the tennis or lacrosse ball you may be using (your crazy running masochists) to treat your sore, knotted running muscles. This is what many use to really target specific spots (when foam rollers and others devices can often not get to).
A ball like a magic 8 ball sits in black base and is smooth and rolls easily. A set of straps wrapped around base (tuck away easily) allow you to hang behind, infront etc and place where you can lean or roll against.
I unboxed and tried out. (Plenty of old sore muscles to try on)
I had some questions about the solorolo and some feedback and John from the company had some answers for me:
How hard solorolo ball is: Thanks for your honest feedback. Just to address a few of the issues you have found, it is true the ball is very hard but what we have found is that people who go from a tennis ball to a lacrosse ball are then again looking for something harder in the end, but to roll a pool ball or something on your wall wouldn’t be the smartest thing for your wall or your toes. But it is understandably the case that it will possibly be too hard for some people.
Solorolo ball not same as a hard ball: As for having the ball stick out a little more is something to consider for sure we understand totally what you mean by that, but what we also have found is that with proper placement of the Solorolo you will not be rubbing the side areas of the tool especially on a leaner body, there is a slight learning curve to using the tool properly and always paying attention to being directly on top of the ball not so much on the side, it is quiet important to being perfectly perpendicular to the top of the ball for best use.
Hanging solorolo on wall as opposed to using straps: As for there being a hole on the back of the device so you can hang it or even a suction type backing that we had considered, I kind of disagree I feel that you having to turn around and reposition the device constantly would prove a nuisance and the fact that it is made to concentrate on smaller areas for massage and then move it as you go with the aid of the strap seems easier to me, but those are just my thoughts on it. I think if you find yourself doing squats with it to run up and down your entire back it is somewhat of a misuse, but to each his own. It definitely takes a few goes at it to perfect how you use it and there is no right or wrong way as long as it is providing you with some form of relief. Now of these days I don’t even use the strap I simply trap it between myself and a the wall and use enough body pressure to keep it in place, but again that is for myself and the amount of pressure I use hands free may very well be too much for someone else.
Thoughts and recommendations
I have used foam roller, balls and even have something that uses roller blade wheels to make my sore running legs into putty. I found the Solorolo a very neat idea and like that straps can be used to place it where you want (and not need to have someone else help).
This may not be my go-to self massage tool, but neat to have in my #running bag of tools – and I think one needs to really play around with and experiment with this tool, say more than a few others.
For the price of around $40 Canadian -worth checking out.
Run on my friends!