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<em>Time Out </em>tries the latest stress-busting device from Reebok. Could it save you money on a massage?

When your legs feel fatigued or your shoulders are hunched and tense, you might want to splurge on a massage. But before you do that, give the foam roller – a cylindrical piece of awesomeness – a try at home.

How it works: Physical therapists and trainers encourage clients to do self-massage with this utensil. Using your body weight, apply pressure with the roller to sensitive areas in your muscles-especially trigger points and knots. We keep one at home and roll on it while we watch TV. Don’t be surprised if you get addicted. It feels like a deep-tissue massage, without the hefty price tag.

DIY move: Place the foam roller on the floor and gently move your achy muscle along it in a slow, steady motion. For example, if your quads need attention, position them atop the roller and face the floor (above middle). Balancing on your hands, move your legs along the roller. The more weight you put on it, the more intense the pressure. (The rollers come in varying densities; the bigger your body frame or the more serious your pain, the firmer the roller you need.) Use the same technique on your hamstrings, calves, shins, back or whatever else feels tight.

Where to get it Reebok foam roller, Dhs110, Go Sport (04 341 3251), Mall of the Emirates.

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