Heyyyyyy friends. I bet you just clicked through this post and were thinking…”WHAT weird thing has Caitlin gotten in to this time?” Because though I am not trendy (SO not trendy) I tend to be the crazy one among my friends that’s always sharing about my crunchy endeavors – essential oils, cloth menstrual products, babywearing, natural childbirth, no ‘poo, cosleeping, eating whole foods.
And now I give you…the FasciaBlaster.
Although to be fair, FasciaBlasting is not at all a crunchy thing. In fact, in the 9 months since I first heard about it it has gone very mainstream and was even featured on the Today Show earlier this week. But it does err on the side of “alternative options”, which are totally my jam. In case you’re new around here you should know I am pretty darn passionate about taking care of your body now so you don’t have to treat your ailments later.
I first heard about the FasciaBlaster in a Trim Healthy Mama Facebook group. Someone was asking for tips to reduce loose skin from losing weight and the FasciaBlaster was mentioned by several people. I actually don’t have an issue with loose skin (a perk for losing weight reallllly slow, I guess) at this point in my weight loss journey but I was intrigued by this item I’d never heard of so I started doing some research (’cause I’m a Green personality and just can’t help it…I research stuff to death).
I was intrigued. Very intrigued.
What I found first were all these YouTube videos of a lady rubbing this strange stick all over people’s bodies to help with muscle issues and soreness and posture and jammed hips and IT bands and plantar fasciitis. The more I watched the more interested I became because at the time I was dealing with some IT band pain and plantar fasciitis myself.
I wasn’t sold though because it seemed so “as seen on tv”, you know? But there was a FasciaBlaster Facebook group so I joined that and let me tell you, scrolling through those posts sold me in no time flat. Come to find out, a LOT of people use the FasciaBlaster to reduce cellulite, get rid of scar tissue, banish belly overhang (this was particularly exciting to me because my belly was a mess from my two pregnancies), and lose inches over all. I scrolled and scrolled and looked at the hundreds of before and after pictures that these ladies (who had no financial gain whatsoever from this) shared with the group.
Needless to say I ordered that sucker right away.
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Did it work for me?
A resounding YES!
I’ve been blasting for 9 months now and here are some of the results I’ve seen:
- The plantar fasciitis that I’d been dealing with for over 6 months (at the time I first got my FasciaBlaster) is gone. I was managing it by wearing supportive shoes all the time, even at home, and avoiding weight bearing exercises but after two or three weeks using the FasciaBlaster on my feet and calves I could walk barefoot without pain. I even completed the Couch to 5K program and did not have any issues with my feet at all.
- The IT band issues that I’ve dealt with off and on since college are now managed with the FasciaBlaster, I just give my legs a good blasting when my IT bands start to tighten up.
- I was able to complete the Couch to 5K program (where you work your way up to running a 5k over the course of about 10 weeks) with minimal pain. I have struggled with knee pain since college and this is the first time I’ve been able to run without serious pain. Running usually jacks up my back, IT bands, feet, and knees but this time, thanks to the FasciaBlaster, I had almost no issues. I gave my legs a very thorough blasting after every run and it made a huge difference. Oh and when I got shin splits the first week of running I blasted that too and they were gone within a week.
- The FasciaBlaster is amazing for relieving tension in my head, neck, or jaw.
- My stomach has shrunk significantly. Now, I am also dieting and exercising so I definitely can’t contribute that to just the FasciaBlaster but I for sure think it has helped.
So yeah, I am a full blown FasciaBlaster fan now. I have since purchased the Mini 2, which is a smaller version and the FaceBlaster, an itty bitty version for your face. My FaceBlaster should be here any day now and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
How does it work?
Your body has tons of this stuff called “fascia” all throughout it. Fascia is like a huge spiderweb of sticky strands that runs from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet and weaves in and out of your muscles and fat. It’s everywhere and yet up until now it hasn’t been given much attention when it comes to learning about the human body. I mean, we’ve heard of plantar fasciitis, but that’s about it, right?
So the fascia gets all bunched up and tangled up and stuck together and just messed up in general and that is the cause of so many problems. Cellulite is one, because when the fascia is all clumpy instead of smooth like it should be it makes your skin look all clumpy too. Messed up fascia can also be the cause of migraines, all sorts of injuries, chronic pain, and more.
Smoothing out the fascia, which is what the FasciaBlaster does helps with all sorts of these issues.
To use it you put oil on your bare skin and rub the FasciaBlaster back and forth briskly. Essentially you are “combing” the fascia like you would comb a knot out of your hair.
It’s a form of myofascial release, which would have been foreign to me if I hadn’t seen all the cupping bruises all over the athletes at the Olympics – similar concept.
Where do I start?
- First of all, if you are at all skeptical and want to hear more real life stories, join the FasicaBlaster Facebook group (it’s women only, sorry guys, there is one for you too but I don’t have the link). When I first started looking in to it anyone could join whether or not they had purchased yet, I’m not positive if it’s still that way now but check it out and see!
- Ashley Black, who invented the FasciaBlaster, has hundreds of videos on her YouTube channel showing how to use it, before and afters, all sorts of good stuff, so poke around there and watch some.
- Ashley also recently wrote a book that I just finished reading. It’s called The Cellulite Myth and though it sounds like it’s going to be a fluffy read for people who just want to get smoother legs, it’s actually full of information on what fascia is, how it can mess up our bodies, why it causes cellulite (and other things), how to fix it, and how to use the FasciaBlaster. It’s $11 on Amazon and totally worth it.
Once you’ve checked out those I think you’ll have a good base to help you determine if this is something you want to buy.
What do I need?
- Well, a FasciaBlaster, of course. You can order that here. Ashley recommends everyone get the large FasciaBlaster to start with. I actually use my Mini2 more since I blast in the shower most of the time and our shower is too small for the large blaster; however, I use both of them for different purposes.
- Oil. Ashley has her own line of oils for blasting and after blasting but I’ve never tried those. I’m a Young Living distributor so naturally I prefer to use their products. When I blast in the shower I use conditioner (Young Living’s lavender conditioner) or the Mirah Shave oil. When I blast outside of the shower I mostly just use straight coconut oil, but sometimes Young Living’s Cel-Lite Magic massage oil or Ortho-Ease.
- Heat. Ashley recommends heating up to make your fascia more pliable. Some people using portable saunas or the sauna at their gym or soak in a big tub of water or use a heating pad. I have none of those things so I blast after I exercise, after I shower, or while I’m in the shower, and I’ve been happy with my results.
- Some people like to get 1″ electrical conduit elbows to attach to the large blaster because it makes it much easier to reach your back. You can find those at hardware stores like Lowes or Home Depot.
(P.S. There are lots of cheaper, similar-ish, cellulite “roller” products on Amazon. I haven’t tried any of them but I’ve heard many, many people say that they don’t even begin to compare to the FasciaBlaster. So don’t waste your money trying those, just go for the real deal.)
So tell me, have you heard of the FasciaBlaster before? If not, are you as intrigued as I was? If you already have one, share your thoughts in the comments!
Note: I am not associated with Ashley Black or the FasciaBlaster in any way. I am an Amazon affiliate so if you purchase her book through my Amazon link I’ll get a tiny percentage, however, I earn nothing on FasciaBlaster purchases – I’m just a happy user!