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Home > Self-Massage > Self-Massage with Tennis Ball

Self-Massage with Tennis Ball

You’re probably thinking I’m a crackpot right now because you’ve never heard of someone using a tennis ball to massage themselves.  You’ve probably never heard of it because nobody stands to profit from it.  Instead they push unhappy little tennis-ball-mutants like these for $20 or more.  Don’t waste your money. 

tennis ball massage

While we’re talking about purchasing things, a “practice ball” works best.  Practice tennis balls never lose their bounce for some reason, I forget why.  I think they’re also harder.  For now, just grab whatever is in the garage/closet.  If you’re a convert, think about buying a can of practice balls.

In terms of self-massage, the tennis ball plays the rifle to the foam roller’s shotgun.  If you need to focus on a small, hard to reach area (i.e. pretty much anything other than the back and the thighs), the tennis ball should be your weapon of choice.  Here are the body parts I think are best suited to self-massage with a tennis ball:

  1. Subscapularis, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor (i.e., rotator cuff)
  2. Gluteus maximus and gluteus medius (i.e., butt)
  3. Soleus and gastrocnemius (i.e., calf)
  4. Tibialis anterior, peroneus longus, peroneus brevis (i.e., shin)

Last Updated: 6/7/2011
Originally Posted: 4/7/2008