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Nugget & Mini2™ Techniques

by 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 dent, etc)

 

 

Use the thin point for:

  • Trigger point therapy (poke, wiggle, wiggle between the bones and tendons in delicate areas – i.e. hands and feet)

Note:Trigger point therapy (poke, wiggle, wiggle) is used to release tight fascia, tendons, and muscles. Please be aware when applying trigger point therapy you are reaching the deeper layers and adhesions between the muscles and other structures. Light pressure and caution should be used

Digging out dents (pick up the dent and “dig” it out)

 

 

 

 

Nugget & Mini2™ Uses:

The Nugget’s unique design is ideal for trigger point therapy, breaking up areas that are bound into solid “chunks” by tight fascia, and “digging out” deeper dents. It’s also great for targeting smaller areas where tension can accumulate such as in between the tiny bones and tendons in the hands or feet.

 

Here is a list of areas where you should use the Nugget for chunky areas:

  • Saddle bags
  • Hamstrings
  • Quads
  • Glute/hammie tie in
  • IT bands
  • Arms

 

Here is a list of areas where you should use the Nugget for trigger point therapy:

  • Feet, ankles, shins, and calves
  • Hands
  • Traps and back

 

These are areas where you should NOT use the Nugget, as there are lymph nodes and/or the tissue is more delicate:

  • Stomach
  • Breast tissue
  • Groin
  • Armpits and axillary
  • Back of knees
  • Inside of the elbow
  • Neck and face (unless you have the assistance of a licensed practitioner)

 

Nugget & Mini2™ Protocols

Because the Nugget and Mini2™ tips are designed to reach the deeper layers of fascia, we recommend that you only use these techniques after you’ve done at least 10-15 FasciaBlasting sessions in that area and your bruising has diminished in order to loosen up and prep the fascia first. Start out using the FasciaBlaster® claws as pressure points, then advance to using the Nugget tips. If you incorporate the Nugget into your blasting routine prematurely, it can cause unnecessary

swelling and bruising

 

Just as when you begin an exercise program, you wouldn’t start out with the heaviest weights at the gym; you would ease into it, start out light, and work your way up to the more advanced equipment. It’s the same with treating your fascia; you need to ease into deeper tissue work layer by layer.

 

Although the Nugget is a more advanced tool and is intended to be used for getting “deeper” into the fascia, you don’t want start digging too hard; always use light pressure and caution. On a pain scale of 1-10, you should stay between a 2 and a 4. When using the Nugget on a “thin area”, such as your hands, feet, ankles, and other areas where you don’t have a lot of subcutaneous fat or muscle, you’ll want to be even more careful and stay surface level on these areas.

 

Protocols for Chunky Areas:

Once you’re ready to add the Nugget to your routine, you’ll want to follow these steps:

1. Heat and oil up

2. Blast the area lightly for 1-3 minutes

3. Blast harder for 1-3 minutes

4. Use the “tapping” Nugget technique

Note: If bruising or swelling starts to occur, repeat these steps in a different zone. If no bruising or swelling occurs, proceed to the next steps.

5. Use the “poke, wiggle, wiggle” Nugget technique

6. Blast lightly over the treated area for 1-3 minutes to smooth it out (the area may be slightly more painful to blast after Nuggeting)

7. Flush and Activate

 

 

Directions:

1. Heat and oil up

Just as you would before your regular FasciaBlasting session, you’ll want to heat and prep the tissue prior to your treatment. Heat up with 15-20 minutes of cardio, or hop in a sauna, bath, or shower to get hot and sweaty.

2. & 3. Blast the area lightly for 1-3 min, then blast harder for 1-3 minutes

Next, you’ll want to blast the area before Nuggeting to open up the tissue, increase blood flow to the area, and release some of the tension in the muscles and fascia, preparing it for the deeper tissue work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Use the “tapping” Nugget technique

Note: If bruising or swelling starts to occur, move to a different zone. If no bruising or swelling occurs, proceed to the next steps.

 

 

 

 

 

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5. Use the “poke, wiggle, wiggle” Nugget technique

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6. Blast lightly over the treated area (the area may be slightly more painful to blast after Nuggeting)

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7. Flush and Activate

Once you’ve completed your Nuggeting and FasciaBlasting session, you’ll want to flush with a light massage or light blast over the entire extremity to flush the lymph system, reduce inflammation, and speed recovery. Be sure to also activate the muscles in the areas you treated for best results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protocols for Trigger Point Therapy:

  1. Heat and oil up
  2. Blast the area lightly for 1-3 minutes
  3. Use the “poke, wiggle, wiggle” trigger point therapy technique
  4. Blast the area again for 1-3 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recovery

Bruising and some light swelling

After FasciaBlasting and Nuggeting is normal. Nugget bruises typically appear like reddish-brown, small dime-size bruises; excessive bruising is not necessary or encouraged. Always allow your body time to rest and recover, and do not FasciaBlast or Nugget over bruised or swollen areasFor more information on bruising and post fascia treatment recovery,read this blog

 

 

 


 

 

In Summary:

  1. Use the Nugget to break up big chunky areas, dig out dents, and release tension between bones, tendons, muscles, etc.
  2. You should only use the Nugget after you’ve done at least 10-15 FasciaBlasting sessions in that area and your bruising has diminished, in order to loosen up and prep the fascia first.
  3. Pain level should stay between a 2-4.
  4. Always use light pressure and caution. Stay surface level on the thin areas.
  5. Use these steps when Nuggeting: heat, blast lightly, blast harder, Nugget, blast, flush, and activate.

 

Now that we’ve laid out the protocols for safe and successful Nuggeting, you’re ready to take your fascia treatment to the next level! If you have any further questions or concerns on the topic, please feel free to message my team for personalized coaching.