Self-care may sound indulgent, but the fact is that it’s never been more important than it is today. So much of our physical state is a result of the stress and tension we carry around on a day-to-day basis. When we’re stressed, we store up toxins and our energy (or chi, an Eastern concept that translates to life force) gets blocked. Obtaining true well-being involves working with the body as a whole, three-dimensionally, from top to bottom and from the inside out. The foam roller is good for so much more than aiding in physical therapy or working out knots and tightness. When used regularly and correctly, it can be utterly transformative and unbelievably healing. The roller is the best tool that allows you to independently remove the stored-up density and toxins in the tissues—and specifically the fascia—while simultaneously hydrating the tissue with oxygenated blood and fluid. The end result is healthy, malleable tissue.