Her top concern was that because it is marketed as a way to help women lessen cellulite that this is a tool that shames women for their appearance. And that instead we need to focus more on self acceptance and self love. Regarding a need for focus on self love and acceptance, I could not agree more. And, I am also a huge fan of the FasciaBlaster. Because the root of my work and mission is to help clients learn to love themselves, I wanted to address this.
In the thousands of sessions of intuitive coaching with body scans, or doing body work addressing the emotional and energetic side, I have found that many of the painful symptoms our bodies display have an emotional component. Most of that all roots back to our body giving us signals as a reminder showing us where we are not in harmony with loving ourselves.
I believe that when we pay attention to the signals our bodies give us and address the emotions behind the physical pain, we can create positive shifts not just in the physical but also in our overall state of being.
The practitioner that wrote the blog admitted that she had never used the FasciaBlaster. I can understand, by just looking at it, it might seem like a weapon but the relief it can bring is most definitely therapeutic. The claws of the FasciaBlaster are designed to be used with oil (coconut and grapeseed oils work really well) to scrub bare skin.
The purpose of the scrubbing is to break up fascial adhesions and increase blood flow which promotes healing. The tool was originally created by Ashley Black to be used on pro athletes as a way to treat their surface tissue and allow the manual therapists a more effective way to treat the muscles underneath.
Although the idea of the FasciaBlaster "healing" cellulite by addressing the fascia intrigued me, my first experiences with it were therapeutic. The day it arrived my neck and shoulders were locked up in pain. I decided to do one side at a time, working on my arms, traps, scalene muscles and pecs. Results happened within in minutes. I could feel the blood flow in the areas I worked on and my pain had decreased. I wasn't expecting it to make such a visible difference. When I looked in the mirror the shoulder of side I treated had released enough to be noticeably two inches lower than the untreated side.
My gut told me it could be of great benefits to my clients too. As months went on, I gradually began introducing it into sessions with those who were open to it. Consistently, the response was positive. Clients reported relief from pain lasting longer than normal after the massage, as well as greater range of motion and flexibility.
It was at the urging of clients that I began to offer entire sessions using the Fascia Blaster. Truth be told, I resisted it for a while. My passion has always been with the energetic healing I do because of the huge transformations that happen, not just on the physical level, but also on spiritual and emotional levels.
I realized Fascia Blasting sessions can offer huge transformations too. Sure, I have seen bodies change, cellulite reduced, and greater muscle definition as a result of using the Fascia Blaster with clients. My clients love these results. However, my favorite part is witnessing women feeling better in their bodies and the ripple effect in other areas of their lives due to this positive emotional shift.
Back to the concerns of the blogger that inspired this post. Can the FasciaBlaster be used in a way that is unhealthy? Sure. Like anything else, when used incorrectly, overused, or with the wrong intention it could be potentially harmful. Even drinking too much water can be unhealthy. But, overall I believe it is a tool that empowers its users to be more involved in treating themselves.
If you are new to Fascia Blasting, or have not tried it and want guidance on the areas to treat to help you know how to use it effectively at home, let's set up an appointment.
To her concern about it being a tool that promotes shaming of women bodies, yes, our bodies listen to what we tell it, and our tissues hold memory. I believe that when someone is using it in an angry way and scolding their body for not looking the way they want it can be counterproductive. If you find yourself judging your body harshly, I understand your pain and spent many years judging myself. Learning to love all parts of yourself including your body is possible. I offer coaching that helps transform long standing beliefs such as judgement into self love and acceptance. If this speaks to you, and you are ready for support, I am available. Because this work is highly valuable and can benefit so many, these appointments are available over the phone for those outside of Austin, or if you are local you can visit me at my office. Message me today to learn more.