Ashely Black: The Cellulite Myth: It’s Not Fat, it’s Fascia
Or so she says!…
I discovered Ashley Black when I was looking into fascia and forms of pain relief for my husbands toe and my mums neck. Both experienced numbness and both were struggling to find a cure. Long story short…I got sidetracked into the world of cellulite!
Ashley Black states that cellulite is purely messed up fascia in our bodies.
Fascia is web-like stuff (connective-tissue) that runs head-to-toe throughout our bodies. It’s made primarily of collagen and it is beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs.
Basically if we didn’t have fascia we’d be like a bunch of jelly and our organs wouldn’t stay in place – so it’s fairly important stuff!
Fascia has many layers – superficial fascia, deep fascia, and visceral or parietal fascia – it’s fibrous and it’s packed together in a wavy like way.
What does fascia has to do with cellulite?
Well first off you need to know a little about Ashley Black – as a child she suffered from JRA (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis) and was in a lot of pain a lot of the time. She was told she would most likely need a wheelchair by the time she was 25.
She learned to control her flare-ups of pain with stretching, strength work and general physical activity. She grew up with a love of sports and became a young competitive athlete doing gymnastics, cheerleading and eventually teaching fitness classes up to 70 times a week.
All was great until she gave birth to her 2nd child and whilst she was in hospital she contracted a deadly staph infection – one that only 7% of people survive.
After months of excruciating pain and an agonizing hospital stay, Black was released from the hospital with a morphine pump in her hip, a central line of antibiotics to her heart, a 4-inch leg length discrepancy, open bed sores, and was emaciated from total atrophy of her whole body.
Her prognosis was a life of disability and pain management drugs.
What happened to Ashley Black after that?
Well, after coming home she decided to take fate into her own hands and study up on the human anatomy. Her path lead her down the road of fascia.
Realising that her body and it’s limitations were due to the connective sheets of fascia running throughout her body, Ashley Black spent the next few years studying fascia and using herself as guinea pig.
Ashley Black developed a blend of manual tissue therapy (massage), internal stretching, body mechanics and core activation techniques to help aid not only her own recovery but that of some local athletes.
Her techniques then caught the attention of some professional athletes, celebrities, models, billionaires, and royals who came to her to treat their injuries.
These techniques were pretty cruelling on her hands so she designed her own massage tool – now named the FasciaBlaster®. This was a claw like tool that she could use on her clients and ultimately leave it with them to carry on using.
Ashley Black developed a tool to treat fascia that co-incidentally helps reduce people’s cellulite.
After leaving her tool – the Fasciablaster® – with one particular athlete she then got a call from said athletes girlfriend saying ” Hey, you know that stick you left with my boyfriend – well it cured my cellulite.”
Not only was Ashley Black seeing great results in pain relief and management she was also making ladies legs look a whole lot better.
Wanting to share her knowledge of fascia and how it can help beat cellulite she started a private Facebook group called FasciaBlasters – now one of the largest on Facebook. On here ladies share their tips and tricks for using the FasciaBlaster®, they also share their before and after photos. It’s worth a look if you are ready to feel inspired about getting rid of your cellulite.
She is also the author of a book called The Cellulite Myth: It’s Not Fat, it’s Fascia
Now, I own this book and her FasciaBlaster®
Here’s what I think –
The book is great at explaining the ins and outs of what Ashley Black is trying to say and I would definitely buy it again or recommend it to anyone. In fact I have recently lent the book and the FasciaBlaster® to a couple of friends with pain problems.
I wouldn’t, however, purchase the full-sized FasciaBlaster® if I had the choice again – an expensive mistake to make!! But I wont be telling my husband that 🙂
The tool was about £80 and the shipping from the US was a lot more on top.
Although it really helped with my husbands foot and numb leg – if was just too big and cumbersome.
Since making the FasciaBlaster® Ashley Black had bought out a large range of fascia tools in all shapes and sizes.
I ended up buying the TopNotch Cellulite Massager Brush – Unique Flexible Rounded Ends – Prevent Skin Damage from Amazon and its a really great alternative – because of it’s size and because it’s soooo much cheaper.
It fits in the palm of your hand and you can use it pretty much anywhere – it’s not too comfortable on your face though.
I dont want to under value what Ashley Black has done but at the same the shipping costs to the UK are just way too much!
The FaceBlaster™ is meant to be great for improving wrinkles – as fascia is mostly made from collagen you are breathing new life back into your face making it younger and fresher looking (think plump!)
It is also meant to be great for improving hair loss – this isn’t something I suffer from – although not too long ago one of my lovely friends saw a photo of me and and said “lovely bald patch” so maybe I need to keep an eye on that! She is a great friend and we are always taking the piss out of each other so its ok – I probably told her to sod off at the time 🙂
The Mini2™ is just a far more practical size – easier to reach places without whacking yourself (or your partners) in the shin bone!
The tools come with instructions and all you need is some oil and nice hot bath to warm your fascia up. Sounds weird but it actually a very nice process!
I will say that you will most likely bruise – whatever fascia tool you use – make sure to take arnica to help with that. It can really help with reducing the bruising. You can either take little tablets or apply cream. You’ll need to be careful if you want to wear a bikini any time soon. Blasting is probably best done in the winter months.
In conclusion I should say that I don’t blast on a regular basis so I don’t have any amazing before and after photos – after lending my mum the FasciaBlaster® I then lent her the little hand held tool as well and I haven’t had it back as she uses it on her painful shoulder most days.
Kind regards, Livvy