Happy Dimple, Sunday.
No really, I’m back to talk about dimply dimples, and not the cute ones on your face. Sorry.
A few of you have been asking me to update my Fascia Blaster review that I did a few months ago, and I apologize for the lack of quicker update, but lets get down to it.
First of all, lets start at the beginning….
A bodywork technique called “fascia blasting” for cellulite is making the viral rounds on Instagram, and like cupping and cryotherapy, it has a lot of people asking: What is this sorcery and do I need to be doing it, too?
Personally, I have eaten WAYYY too many cupcakes over the past few years, and the butt cheeks needed a “little fascia work”, if ya know what I mean. ; )
But what even is fascia? You can’t see yours, but everyone has it. Put in the simplest terms, fascia is your body’s connective tissue that surrounds muscles and organs. Experts use lots of creative imagery to try and explain it: “it’s like the white, fibrous layer of an orange peel”; “it’s plastic wrap around your muscles, like a sandwich”; “it’s like the compartments of a T.V. dinner.” If you’re still confused, that’s okay, because even researchers are mystified about the extent to which fascia exists in your body.
“We think of fascia like a tissue that supports muscles and tissues,” says Charles Kim, MD, assistant professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care, and Pain Medicine at NYU Langone’s Center for Musculoskeletal Care. “You can think of it as a bag of support around a substance.”
Every move you make, every step you take, your fascia reacts to you.
“If you’re dehydrated, suffer an injury, or perform any kind of high impact activity, this can cause the fascia to clamp up and adhere to itself and other structures in the body, such as muscles, bones, and skin,” says Ashley Black, inventor of the FasciaBlaster (that thing you’re probably seeing all over Facebook) and author of The Cellulite Myth, It’s Not Fat It’s Fascia.
This makes your fascia rigid and stiff, which causes pain, tightness, or just dull soreness. (To be clear, Black treats athletes and regular people using her FasciaBlaster, but she is not a physical therapist. All of the doctors we spoke to for this story said that the FasciaBlaster is one of a handful of effective treatment methods for fascia tension.)
Now that your all caught up, let me tell you how I use mine.
When I first started doing this, I would take a veryyyyyy verse hot bath (fascia is known to break up easier once warmed up), and then I would get out and go to town after slathering on some grapeseed oil, and scrub scrub scrub…. I’d say at least 4-5 minutes of aggressive blasting per leg.
FYI, when I first started, I BRUISED like a MOTHER…. I tend to over do and go crazy when I do anything, and I say, go hard or go home…. so I looked like I had gotten the crap beat out of me.
(Winter months, may be a better time to start your Fascia Blasting Regime fyi….. YOU’RE WELCOME….)
Since my first review, I decided I’d actually change up my routine, since I wasn’t seeing as many results as I wanted.
So here is my current regime and exactly what I’m using: ( I added in a few new tools)
- If I am taking a bath or a shower, I now incorporate CUPPING (my kit HERE). (thats a whole other post, but basically, they are these little suction cups , and I will use some body wash, get a good sized cup, and run the suction cups up and down the area I’m treating. I consider this a little pre-treatment to the actual fascia blasting part.
- You should be pretty pink and loosened up after 4-5 minutes.
- The next step is the actual blasting (here is the one I purchased). Here is where I incorporated a new firming lotion, called BODIWERK (not sponsored in any way and you can certainly use lotion or something like grapeseed oil etc…) a company sent me. It has a lot of research of helping to firm dimpled skin, and 99% natural ingredients, so I was game to incorporate this. With this, they have three different lotions in the set they sent.. one to use in the AM, one in the PM, and one before working out, so I rotated these depending on the time of the day. To be honest, I’m not 100% sold these did anything additional, but I loved the tingle of the product and some of the reviews I had read so this was just another addition, to my regime.
- Again, I recommend doing the blasting right out of the shower, or a sauna…. or even right after a super hot yoga class as this is recommended to help break up the fascia. I would do this for another 4-5 minutes per leg, again VERY AGGRESSIVELY and consistency is key, to do this every single day.
I’ve been doing this (as religiously as possible) for the past 4 months now, and between all of the above, adding lots of Yoga Sculpt classes, and eating a few less cupcakes (aka trying to cut out sugar of my diet)….. I can say, things are definitely looking much better. I feel tighter, smoother and I can see a definite improvement in the back of my legs and bootay.
Again, this is something I think works into a lifestyle where you incorporate fitness and diet, and do I think you can eat an entire cake every day and the fascia blaster work?
I mean, probably freaking not, lets’ be honest. If you’re serious about looking better, why not do every single thing you can to help, right?
Have you guys used the fascia blaster before? Would love to hear your review and what you thought!