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You know I’m always trying out new, weird stuff. 🙂 My recent foray into that arena is Fascia Blasting.
One of my husband’s employees told him she was trying it in an effort to stay young looking. Well, I am all for that too, so I decided to give it a try.
Have you heard of Fascia Blasting? I had not, so I did some reading. The leader of this movement is a woman named Ashley Black, and she studies what she calls fasciology and created products to work with the fascia in our bodies.
So let’s start there. Just what is fascia?
In Latin, fascia means “bundle, bandage, strap, unification, and binding together.”
For those who believe in all of this, the fascia of the body is connective tissue, as well as a communication and fluid system for the body. I don’t want to get too technical here and bore you with all the science, but if that kind of stuff interests you, I encourage you to read up on the different types of fascia.
In layman’s terms, it is the stuff that lies beneath our skin and surrounds our organs, and binds everything together. Some people think that fasciology is pseudoscience. Others believe the study of and attention to this system of our bodies is essential in addressing overall health.
I’m not yet sure which camp in which I fall, but if something holds the possibility of making everything look and run smoother, I’m totally willing to give it a try.
Fascia Blasting is the use of specially designed tools to rub and massage areas of the body to loosen up this connective tissue to release areas that are blocked. It is similar to gua sha only more aggressive. 🙂
I was curious about all of this so I purchased a beginner kit that includes some tools to work the fascia, along with some body oil and firming cream.
The claim is that consistent use of Fascia Blasting for 90 days can result in:
- Fascia smoothing out & reorganizing
- A decrease in subcutaneous fat
- A decrease in inflammation
- Indications of improved collagen remodeling
- A decrease in the appearance of cellulite
- Increased metabolism
Show me a woman who isn’t interested in some or all of that. 🙂 There are also quite a few celebrities and athletes who believe in fasciology and working with it to improve the body.
Here’s the beginner kit:
First off, yes, I also think these look like torture devices. 🙂
From left to right, these tools are:
- The FaceBlaster
- The Mini 1
- The FasciaBlaster
The kit also comes with 2 ounce sizes of Blaster Oil, and AfterBlaster recovery cream.
The FaceBlaster is the smallest of all the tools. I will say all of the tools are very substantial and “hefty.” They don’t feel cheaply made or like they will fall apart after a few uses.
The “claws” on the FaceBlaster are smaller than on the larger tools, and are designed for use on the more delicate areas of the face. You can use it to address jowls, a double chin, crow’s feet, and other fine lines.
You can also use it on other parts of the body, like the feet, hands, and neck.
The Mini 1 has one “claw” and a “nugget” tip. This tool has a handle to make it easy to use on harder to reach areas like the back and inner thighs. The tip is used to address areas where you have “knots” and stubborn areas.
The largest tool is called the FasciaBlaster. It can be used on almost any area of the body. This is the most popular tool among all of the choices of tools because it is so versatile.
You will want to use all of these tools with the oil or an oil of your choice so that they glide smoothly over the skin. The oil that comes with the kit smells delicious. It smells like being on the beach.
I really recommend watching the tutorials on the Fascia Blasting site to get a full understanding of how to use each tool.
The basic method is to get your body warmed up, either through exercise, a warm shower, bath, or sauna. Then you apply the oil to the part of the body you wish to address, then use the appropriate tool to “blast” the area.
You can work on specific areas of concern, or you can do an all-over blast to address all areas.
After you are done blasting, you can then cool the area down and apply the AfterBlaster recovery cream.
The main areas I’m interesting in blasting are the abdomen, arms, thighs, and face.
The abdomen because any woman who’s ever had a baby can use help there. 🙂
The arms because I live in fear of getting those “flesh flags” that swing in the wind when you move your arms. I had a teacher in junior high who had the most epic saggy arms I’d ever seen. When she wrote on the board I swear there was a breeze in the room. 🙂 So I don’t want that.
Thighs are where cellulite loves to hang out on women so we all need to fight that.
And the face because we all want to look younger than we are. We need to be sure to include our necks because if you work on your face but neglect your neck, it will betray you. Necks can show our real age if we leave them out of the mix.
I’ve been “blasting” for about a week now. I think I started out a bit too aggressively, by imitating Ashley Black in her tutorials. She has been doing this a long time. Some bruising is not uncommon, and I did have slight bruising on my arms and abdomen.
I have since eased up a bit, using the tools more gently while getting used to all of this. I also wait a day in between areas to give them time to recover. These tools are not for giving a leisurely massage. The technique is brisk and quick movements on each area of the body. You want to redden and heat up that part of the body.
The AfterBlaster Cream is a nice way to end your blasting session, as it contains ingredients designed to tighten the skin and it also contains aloe and arnica, which is often used on pain and bruising.
I really enjoy doing the Fascia Blasting as part of a post-shower routine. I will say it’s going to add some time to your day. So if you have been looking for ways to plan some self-care into your schedule, this might be something that interests you.
I take a shower, then apply the oil to the areas I plan to blast. After blasting my face, I clean the oil off using micellar water because I don’t want the oil to clog my pores. Then I use a neat little gadget I found on Amazon called an Ice Roller to cool my skin.
You remove the little roller ball and put it in the freezer until you’re ready to use it. Then you just pop it into the handle and roll away. It feels REALLY good on the face, and can be used to tighten pores and reduce puffiness.
I’m thinking this might come in handy for those pesky hot flashes too. 🙂
After I’ve cooled my face down, I apply the AfterBlaster Cream and then my usual skincare.
I’m going to use the blasting tools regularly and see what a few months of use will bring. One thing I like is that they seem to know that results are going to take some time. They offer a 1000 day return policy!
Please take some time to explore the Fascia Blasting website. There are tutorials, a blog, FAQs, and a lot of information to help you decide if this is something you’d like to try. It does note on the website that Fascia Blasting is not recommended for those on blood thinners, so please take that into consideration if that applies to you.
There are lots of before and after pictures on the website, and testimonials. If you are interested in this technology, I encourage you to research it and decide if you’d like to give Fascia Blasting a try!
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