The combination of uncomfortable airplane seats that make you contort into bizarre sleeping positions, hotel beds and pillows that aren’t quite like your own at home, adventures that make you push your limits, and carrying packed bags can all result in tight and knotted muscles on your travels. Not everyone has the money to get a massage to resolve muscle pain, and not every place has access to day spas.
Carrying a foam roller with you when you travel might work on a road trip, but those bulky things don’t easily pack into suitcases. But the TriggerPoint GRID Travel foam roller is scaled-down to fit without taking up too much space.
The 10-inch foam roller is 4.4 inches in diameter so it can fit into luggage and gym bags, and you can also take advantage of the hollow core to pack some of your clothes inside.
The grid pattern (hint: this is where the foam roller’s name comes from) channels blood and oxygen as you roll to aid in muscle repair and aid circulation. It’s supposed to simulate a massage therapist’s hands, with low and flat zones like a palm, tubular zones like fingers, and high and firm zones like finger tips. All help relieve and reduce muscle tension, and increase flexibility while speeding up recovery.
If you’re new to foam rollers, or just haven’t used them much outside of guided physical therapy, owning this roller gives you access to TriggerPoint’s free online instructional video library on foam-rolling education.
Even if you use the roller a lot, the EVA foam surface is easy to clean and sweat-resistant, and the hollow core keeps its shape after frequent use.
The GRID Travel foam roller comes in orange and black, and lists for $29.99 on the TriggerPoint site.