Easing into FasciaBlaster® Treatments
by Ashley Black
Just like starting a new workout program, users should ease into FasciaBlasting and start at their own pace – that means, at the level you are comfortable with and feel your body best responds to.
Easing into treatment may mean different things to different users, depending on their starting point. If you’re a sedentary person and are used to doing little to no vigorous exercise, you might want to prepare for your FasciaBlasting journey by taking a brisk walk a few times a week and using your hands or a towel to “flush” your body in preparation for beginning your fascial restoration program. If you consider yourself fit and healthy and do regular physical exercise, you may be able to go right into some light, brisk FasciaBlasting to “prep” the soft tissue for manipulation and restoration.
The FasciaBlaster® is a self-use tool, and each individual must be realistic about their starting point and goals. Fascia restoration does not happen overnight, and it’s not usually the result of just one lifestyle change (i.e. FasciaBlasting); it’s taking a holistic approach to a fascia-friendly lifestyle.
In a nutshell, easing into your FasciaBlaster® treatment means starting out lightly, maintaining brisk, long strokes, and gauging how your body reacts and what it’s able to handle. By prepping the tissue and opening it up layer by layer for deeper treatment, you take a “step-by-step” approach to opening and restoring each layer of fascia. You’ll also notice it will respond better to the treatment as you’re able to relax and allow it to loosen and release all over your body.
Using the FasciaBlaster® is a lifestyle commitment, not a quick fix. Easing into treatment enhances the effects of the FasciaBlaster® and is essential for your results.
Everyone wants to know “how soon until I’ll get results?” but those who make a long-term commitment to ongoing fascial health and maintenance get the best overall results.
Two ways to ensure you’re restoring your fascia layer by layer are:
1. Prepping the tissue (opening the surface layers of fascia to prepare the tissue for treatment)
2. Knowing when your body is ready for deeper treatment
– Always begin your FasciaBlaster® sessions with light, brisk strokes. Click here for the step-by-step guide to the optimal FasciaBlasting session.
– Begin your treatment with the FaceBlaster™! While this tool was originally designed for the face, the tiny, delicate claws are perfect for opening and prepping the surface layers and getting the blood flowing.
– Aim for at least one light, full-body session each week in addition to focusing on your “trouble areas”. You can also rotate the target zones to ensure you’re covering your whole body on a regular basis for full-body fascial release and blood flow.
How to Know if You’re Ready for Deeper Treatment
– Listen to your body; always maintain a manageable pain level. A rule of thumb is to stay at a 2-4 on a scale of 1-10. If you’re applying more pressure and are experiencing more discomfort than necessary, please ease up on the pressure and continue with lighter FasciaBlasting sessions until your tissue is restored and ready for deeper treatment.
– See if the area is getting red and warm, indicating it’s getting good blood flow. If the area remains white, splotchy, or cold to the touch, that area is not getting sufficient blood flow and you are not ready for advanced techniques; you need to continue to blast lightly.
– If you’re still bruising from light FasciaBlasting, there’s no need to “go deeper”. I don’t want to see any monster bruises showing up in my inbox!! You need to go lightly if you’re still bruising at surface level. For more information on bruising, read “The News on the Bruise”.
Click here for more info on how to know if you’re ready for deeper treatment.
Ease into treatment and take it layer by layer. Going too hard too soon can actually work against you and is not necessary or recommended. Listen to your body and even if the process takes longer than you’d prefer, be patient and keep in mind that you’re improving your overall wellbeing by restoring your fascia; it’s a journey, not a race. Give back to your body everything it has given you by loving it and showing it the respect it deserves.
I can only tell you what you should look out for, but in the end, you are the one who knows your body best, so you are in control. Be smart; listen to your body. If you feel you need to, lighten up, back out, take extra recovery days, and focus on activating, flushing, and hydrating….and then get back to it! My Ashley Black Guru inbox is always open for coaching and I love to be involved in each of my FasciaBlasters’ journey.