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Ashley Black talks about Fascia & Blood Flow

Ashley Black

Blood vessels originate at the heart and run all throughout your body transporting vital nutrients and oxygen and purifying your cells. Every single blood vessel is encased in a protective, gelatin-like sheath called fascia. During a 90-day study that tested the effects of the FasciaBlaster®, ultrasound imaging showed the fascia tissue smoothing out and restoring from the skin layer down to the femur bone. Even an untrained eye can see how the “white tissue” was entangled and distorted in the “before” picture, then smoothed out after only 90 days. Since the fascial system houses and encases the blood vessels, you...

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The Blaster Oil® and After Blaster Cream™

Ashley Black

As part of my ongoing commitment to ensure your FasciaBlasting experience is the best it can be, I created the perfect duo to complement and enhance the effects of the FasciaBlaster®: the Blaster Oil and After Blaster Cream. I wanted these products to be a reflection of the things I love, as well as my unending desire to incorporate a blend of art and science to help solve many common health and beauty issues. I worked with a team of chemists in the USA to combine all-natural ingredients with components that have shown to burn stored fat via thermogenesis, reduce...

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Posture

Ashley Black

Look better, feel better, and live better by addressing your fascia and correcting your posture. If you’ve been told your whole life to stand or sit up straight, you may be aware that good posture is important, at least aesthetically. But do you really understand the implications of having bad posture and the domino effect it can have on your function, performance, appearance, and overall health? When your structure is out of alignment, it can throw off your biomechanics (the way your body moves) and wreak havoc on your fascia (the body’s connective tissue and support system), causing imbalances, misalignments, tension, and...

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The Newbie’s Guide to the FasciaBlaster®

Ashley Black

The FasciaBlaster is a self-use tool designed to treat and restore the fascia which can aid in reducing the look of cellulite, pain management and releasing tension and restriction, and improving muscle performance and recovery, blood flow, and nerve function.       How to Use the FasciaBlaster     Step 1: Heat For best results, warm up internally with about 10-15 minutes of exercise, then warm up externally with a hot shower, bath, sauna, or heating pads. Heat helps increase circulation, puts the fascia in a more malleable state, and prepares the tissue for optimal restoration.   Step 2: Apply Oil to Bare Skin Always...

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Muscle and Fascia

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How fascia affects muscle performance, activation, and recovery, and how to improve your muscle function with the FasciaBlaster and targeted isometric exercises.

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Cellulite is a Myth

Ashley Black

Cellulite, a tale as old as time; those unsightly dimples and dents that we are all too familiar with. As a matter of fact, studies show that 90% of women have, had, or will have cellulite at some point in their life. Assumptions have been made as to why we have it, but still no one has found a concrete answer. Why hasn’t a cure for cellulite been found? While there is tons of research on the subject and countless diets, creams, and exercise regimens have been invented as a “solution”, women have tried everything and nothing seems to work. Frustrated, as I’m...

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FaceBlaster™ Guidelines

Ashley Black

THE FACEBLASTER™ IS A POWERFUL TOOL! Make sure to LOOK in a mirror and ONLY blast where you are desiring results. If you’re not sure, DON’T USE IT UNTIL WE CAN COACH YOU (message my “Ashley Black Guru” page for coaching)! Stop using it if the result is undesired until we can guide you. The FaceBlaster™ is new and we want your feedback! Please read this blog carefully!  Remember that skin tightening happens over time as blood flow is restored and collagen and elastin can act on the skin. See page 70 of The Cellulite Myth for more in-depth information about skin health and tightening.  Visit this blog for more information on fascia...

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How to Use the FasciaBlaster®

Ashley Black

Feeling overwhelmed with all the FasciaBlaster® info and resources? Here’s the 411 for successful FasciaBlasting! Hopefully, you’ve read my blogs, watched my video tutorials, and read my book, but in case you haven’t, please read these resources first:   • What Is Fascia  • The FasciaBlasting Zones  • The News on the Bruise          Step 1: Warm Up! For best results, warm up internally with a few minutes of low-impact cardio, then warm up externally with a hot shower, bath, sauna, heating pads, or a sauna suit. The body and fascia LOVE heat because it increases circulation and also puts the fascia in a more pliable, receptive...

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Fixing the Top 7 Running Injuries

Ashley Black

Welcome runners and athletes! If you don’t know anything about me, I overcame a debilitating bacterial infection of the bone system that spread throughout my spinal nerves and left me disabled. In this article, I’m going to share the self-treatment strategies that I used to bring myself back to “normal” and reasonably athletic in order to help you drastically improve your running and overall performance. I’m also going to share some of my own techniques from my two-decade career as a bodyworker in pro sports, which included working with Olympic sprinters and distance runners to help you improve your running, no matter your fitness level. This blog...

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Nutrition

Ashley Black

While treating and maintaining your fascia is monumentally important to your overall health and vitality, it’s also imperative to incorporate the other aspects that contribute to a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle! In this short article, we’re going to discuss a bit more about how vital nutrition is for fascial health! Remember, the fascia system is made of up of cells, so anything that affects cellular health affects your fascia! I know there are tons of diets and theories out there, but I want to focus on what I believe are the two most important things: – Giving your body what it needs–...

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Nugget & Mini2™

Ashley Black

These Nugget and Mini2™ techniques are to help you get the best results from your Nugget, FasciaBlasting, and fascia treatment sessions. When used correctly, this little tool really is a secret weapon and total game changer! In this blog we’re going to talk about where and when you should use the Nugget tips and address the pressure, different sides, special techniques, and when to use the Nugget vs. the FasciaBlaster®.   Nugget & Mini2™ Techniques: Tapping Poke, wiggle, wiggle Use the thick point for: Tapping Poke, wiggle, wiggle to break up chunky areas (i.e. saddlebags, thighs, glute/hammie tie-in, arms, all around a...

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Ways to Heat

Ashley Black

If you’ve been anywhere near Planet Fasciology™ in the recent years, you’ve probably heard me talk about the importance of heating before and during your FasciaBlasting sessions. You’ve been told it’s important, but this blog will explain why heat is important, how to build up a tolerance to heat, and specifics on how to heat up!   In order to effectively perform soft tissue treatment and access the deeper layers of fascia, I recommend you heat both internally with cardio, as well as with an external source of heat.   Heat can help increase circulation and puts the fascia in a more malleable state–that’s why you see such a...

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Post-blasting Discomfort

Ashley Black

If you’ve read my previous articles, you know all about fascia, its function, and how and why it recoils. You also know that fascial recoil causes pain and restriction and that the best “at home” treatment for fascia is the FasciaBlaster®. To further understand the global effect of fascia and how it affects your body, I recommend that you read my #1 National Bestselling book “The Cellulite Myth: It’s Not Fat, It’s Fascia”. This information will empower you to differentiate which symptoms are due to fascia issues as opposed to what may be caused by other contributing factors.   Remember that if you have any pre-existing medical...

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Plantar Fasciitis: Debunking the Myths

Ashley Black

IS THERE A FIX FOR PLANTAR FASCIITIS?   If you have received the diagnosis of Plantar Fasciitis, then you are well aware of how painful one small part of the body can be, and how fascia can wreak havoc in your workouts and daily life. Let me break it down for you so the words “Plantar Fasciitis” don’t sound so scary. In fact, Plantar Fasciitis is not really a diagnosis, it is a symptom. Broken into its parts, “plantar” is the bottom surface of the foot. It is just the anatomical region’s name. “Fascia,” is the anatomical region of the pain, meaning within the fascia...

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The Science of the FasciaBlaster®

Ashley Black

Introduction: This is a review of the current literature into fascia treatment and my hypothesis about what is physiologically happening in the human body with fascia treatment and specifically using the FasicaBlaster®.   What Happens Physiologically When Using the FasciaBlaster®:   – Fascia is considered plastic, meaning the ability to change or be manipulated. This is due to many factors: Piezioelectric Effect: Piezo (pressure) electricity; connective tissue is seen to behave like a liquid thus cells that produce collagen (fibroblast, fibroclasts) will respond to the electric charges.   – When pressure is applied outside the body (via the FasciaBlaster® treatment), a higher electric charge is...

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Get F’d!

Ashley Black

FOOD, FITNESS, FASCIA, FREEDOM   To learn a little bit more about me and the Ashley Black experience before you read this blog, you can read my backstory. My personal journey will help explain the passion I have for helping my clients and YOU to become the best physical version of yourself possible. I used to be limited to one-on-one sessions with professional athletes, celebrities, and patients in a clinical setting, so I am so excited to broaden my reach and share this knowledge with those of you in my social media network! Everyone wants to know the secret to LOSING...

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Types of Cellulite – How to Identify Types of Fascial Recoil

Ashley Black

If you’re reading this blog, hopefully you already know a bit about me, the FasciaBlaster®, and that fascial recoil can cause the look of “cellulite”. If you’d like to learn more about fascia, how it interplays with each system of our body, and its overall importance to your health, fitness, and beauty goals, check out this “What is Fascia” article. To sum it up, fascia is the connective tissue that runs all throughout the body connecting and penetrating organs, muscles, blood supply, nerves, and fat. When fascia is unhealthy it can harden and adhere to itself as well as to the bones, muscles, fat, and skin. Unhealthy fascia that is...

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Recovery

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Using the FasciaBlaster® stimulates the body’s natural healing and remodeling process. Here are some post-FasciaBlasting recovery tips to boost your results!

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Weight Loss & Fascia

Ashley Black

Even if you’re working with trainers, exercising faithfully and doing all the “right” things, eating 10 cups of kale a day, and are fully committed to your fitness and weight loss efforts, you’re probably missing a key component: it’s FASCIA! In short, fascia is your body’s connective tissue and communication system. It envelops and interacts with every muscle, nerve, blood vessel, system, and structure of the body. If this is your first time hearing about fascia, I’d love for you to first read this article explaining fascia in detail so you can have a full understanding of this complex system...

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How to Address Tension Headaches

Ashley Black

Most headache treatments and medications simply “manage” the symptoms instead of addressing the root cause. Although there’s been much speculation about the cause of headaches, most treatments fail to address the fascia. Fascia is a soft tissue that “holds us together,” permeating and supporting every structure and system in the body. Nerves and blood vessels run through the fascia, and if the fascia becomes tight, it can compress and restrict blood flow, nerve signal, muscles, and joints, which can cause “myofascial” pain and tension. Fascia recoils when the fascia becomes unhealthy and adheases together and to other structures – typically as...

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