Piriformus Release aka Bum Massages

Let me preface this post by assuring you this isn't a joke or a spam post. I'm totally serious about this!

I teach 10 Bod Squad classes a week, have a minimum of five hours of personal training clients a day and I like to get my own workouts in 5-6 times a week. Needless to say I've never been more active in my entire life.

Lately I've been suffering with severe lower back pain. It came on gradually, started with all the walking we did in New York and really never fully went away after that. Lower back pain is something I've not had much of before but it seemed like no matter how much I tried to stretch it out nothing was working. I've been waking up in the middle of the night because my discomfort level was so bad I needed to curl up in a ball or child's pose just to get some relief. Wednesday night was particularly bad, I was up for at least three hours and actually fell asleep in child's pose. 

I'm lucky enough to live with the BEST masseuse by night, teacher by day in all of Toronto. Last night I mentioned my back pain to Matt (who could sleep through a super storm and hadn't noticed I'd been up and kicking nights before) and he told me that it might have something to do with a tight glute attachment – the gluteal tuberosity. So he had me get into child's pose and found the spot (it's just above the big pointy bone in your bum, it will feel like a smaller pointy bone above it – pictured here) and he dug in there and YOWZER! On a pain scale of 1-10 this was a solid 9. It was similar to the pain the first time I tried a foam roller. But I had immediate lower back release. I actually can't believe how great it feels right now.

So if you're someone who has chronic low back pain have a partner or physio, or very close friend (you can do this over top of clothing) press as hard as they can around your upper glute area – you will know the right spot when they hit it, a literal massive pain in the ass but I can't tell you the world of a difference it made for me.

I haven't tried this yet but I'm confident that sitting or lying on a tennis ball or fascial release ball would probably have a similar release effect.
Or you could just come over here and have Matt work his magic, he only charges $500 per bum (kidding! Butt seriously I'd have paid about that last night).  

Have a great weekend everyone!

p.s. I have HUGE announcement coming on Monday!