I call it the best self-care class you can take. They’re a great complement to your usual sports or yoga classes and even to undo the muscle strains of a desk job. When I knew I was leaving Toronto, they were the first thing I purchased before I left and I was so excited to find out classes are offered in our community.
I often tell my patients to grab a tennis ball to work out kinks, but if you can make it to a class, I strongly recommend you try one. Stephanie Amyot offers a half-hour class at the Vankleek Hill arena on Tuesdays at 6 pm as well as a one-hour class in Hawkesbury at Fit Life gym on Fridays at 10 am (you don’t need to be a member to take the class). She provides the balls for class and you won’t break a sweat, which makes it the perfect class to pop out for a midday health break. Wear comfortable clothes that you can move easily in, but don’t stress if you don’t have gym wear.
Not the yoga that most people think of, Yoga Tune Up Balls are small balls that you roll around on to give yourself a massage. Used for the 3 P’s; pain, posture and performance enhancement, this class benefits all ages and fitness levels. Softer than a lacrosse ball, but harder than a tennis ball, they have a grippy rubber surface that allows targeted trigger point therapy. I won’t lie, it can be uncomfortable. Muttering and making faces is often part of a class, but you are in control of the pressure and encouraged to ease up when needed.
If you’d like to learn more about these amazing balls, check out UFY Yoga on FB, or www.tuneupfitness.com. I hope to see you in class!
Note: Tuesday classes start March 6th. Next week is the last class on Wednesday, at 12:10 pm.
Photo provided by Stephanie Amyot