By Annie Vischer – Pretty Fit’s Contributing Health & Fitness Editor

I have a new ‘bae’ in my life. My foam roller. I’m hopelessly devoted. It’s there waiting for me after every workout, to loosen up muscles and massage out knots – the nearest I’ll get (yet) to a personal masseuse at my beck and call 24/7.  If you haven’t experienced the sweet release of a foam roller massage across your back and shoulders after a long day desk–bound at the office, you simply haven’t lived!

Foam rolling used to be the hushed up secret of athletes, trainers and physios, but now this gorgeous piece of kit is out of the bag. The fiddly name for this massaging technique is self-myofascial release – crack that phrase out at your next dinner party to really impress. It’s the fancy word for a DIY massage that releases muscle tension in all the right places, or trigger points if you want the technical term.

If you’re able to do this at home, you’ll really improve your body’s post-exercise recovery rate. Oh and it’s a flexibility booster and cellulite buster too, what’s not to love?!

My beloved foam roller is The Grid from Trigger Point, £35.00, it came specially recommended by the founder of The Workshop Gymnasium, Lee Mullins. And it comes in pink. That helped too.

Warm up with it, cool down with it, finish your workday with it – you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.

Stay tuned for foam rolling videos and tutorials coming soon! We’ll show you how it’s done.