Book Review: The Roll Model, a Step-by-Step Guide to Erase Pain, Improve Mobility, and Live Better in Your Body

December 31, 2014 6:38 PM

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At a glance, The Roll Model, a Step-by-Step Guide to Erase Pain, Improve Mobility, and Live Better in Your Body, by Jill Miller, is a beautiful, well-researched and catalogued book, filled with simple yet detailed descriptions, instructions, and easily-referenced photos of Jill and others rolling colorful, pliable balls over, on, and around almost every part of their bodies at seemingly every conceivable angle yet in targeted and precise ways. The book has a heft and scope that feels comprehensive without being overwhelming. In depth, The Roll Model is nothing less than the "step-by-step guide to erase pain, improve mobility, and live better in your body" that it promises to be, containing material that addresses the needs of a broad spectrum of people ranging from CrossFit athletes, bodybuilders and vinyasa yogis, to people with injuries and serious illnesses, pregnant women, babies, and even dogs. Working with pliable, grippy balls that treat rather than traumatize tissue the way that unyielding tennis balls might, The Roll Model maps out self-treatment plans that address the body's critical blind spots where the habits of modern life, including prolonged computer use, poor posture, ill-conceived fitness regimes, and stress have conspired to cause pain injury, and, ultimately, disease, and promises to improve mobility and quality of life for both athletes and people living with and recovering from illness.

When I first met The Roll Model's author, Jill Miller, over a decade ago, she was teaching a yoga workshop like no other I had ever attended, and her precise instruction peppered with anatomical understanding was intriguing to me as a holistic ob/gyn who treats female pain and prescribes movement. I...

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