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Blasting the Fascia

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For me, it all started when I had some  MFR (myofascial release therapy) done on my right calf. Myofascial release (MFR) therapy focuses on releasing muscular shortness and tightness. There are a number of conditions and symptoms that myofascial release therapy addresses.

Fascia is the head to toe, arm to arm, inside-out connective tissue. It divides our muscles and penetrates them like the internal skin of an orange. It also surrounds virtually every structure of the human body. If we were able to peek inside our bodies and only see the fascia, we would look like a human form of cotton candy with mummy-like bandages running throughout. The entire fascia system is connected in ONE piece like a 3D spider-web.

When my daughter-in-law, Katherine, started talking to me about her experiences with the new fascia guru, Ashley Black, I signed on to a Facebook group that pertains to the topic of “fascia blasting”.

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Fascia blasting consists of using specific tools to loosen the fascia throughout the body, from head to toe.  It is accredited for doing everything from restoring hair loss to body sculpting, to getting rid of neck “waddle” and crows feet.  In 30 days, it can make a person go from a pockled cellulite carrier to a smooth sailing, fit-looking body babe, as shown in the pictures below.

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The Fascia Blasters, as these tools are called, come in a variety of sizes, all intended to do the same thing.  That is, release the fascia that binds fat to bone.

Ashley Black  explains there are 4 types of fascia:

  1. Structural fascia- Runs in long strips through the body. Visible in chicken meat just below the skin. The white silky membrane.
  2. Inter-structural fascia- Is present inside muscles and connects muscles to other muscles and to the bones. Visible when eating steak, the cobweb-like material.
  3. Visceral fascia- The “goop” inside our abdominal cavity that surrounds our organs and digestive system.
  4. Spinal fascia- the straw like thick casing that surrounds the spinal column

The fascia has a brush point with literally every other system of the body. It is as, or more significant than any other system. Having loose, healthy fascia is vital for overall health and well-being. Healthy fascia also makes us look, feel, and function better!

SO…..

I purchased a fascia blaster.  I also purchased a mini fascia blaster and a “fake” (not Ashley Black brand) facial fascial blaster.  I have to say, the results have been amazing!  I have redistributed the tissue around my knees to be much more attractive than it was before.  I have completely rid myself of a slight double chin.  I have carved out my abs and the under side of my arms.  I am making progress over my entire body.  Fascia Blasting really works!

The idea is to heat the fascia via a sauna or hot shower, then to blast away using the above-noted tools. Expect bruising at first, but that just tells you that the fascia blasting is working.  You can use arnica to heal the bruises quickly.  Ashley also recommends that one drink a good detox tea, because blasting fascia releases all kinds of toxins in the body….so expect to feel a little wimpy at first, but this quickly goes away, and the practice becomes pleasurable.  It feels great to fascia blast these days.

Here are a few videos that tell more:

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The Right to Bare Arms

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I have started doing these arm exercises every morning.  The video is only 12 minutes long and it is at a beginner’s level, so not that difficult to do, but I could begin to tell a big difference after only one week, so thought I’d share it with my readers.  Tracy Anderson takes a different approach than most fitness gurus.  I think you’ll enjoy this.

 

xoxo

Stacy

Gymboree

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I joined a gym today….but not just any gym.  I joined one of Portland’s Green Micro-gyms.  As a professional writer, I really have to make myself get out and exercise.  My work load is very heavy and I could easily fall into the slump of being way too sedentary, if I didn’t just make myself get out and exercise every day.  I read about these new gyms that are going in around town and decided to give one a try.  My friend, Sylvia Cranberg, has been a member for awhile and she highly recommends these gyms.

This new Green Micro-gym is walkable from our home, and certainly bike-able.  Like most of Portland, it is into an energy-efficient, earth sustainable philosophy and uses earth-friendly machines and products.  I really liked that about it.  It is a small, cozy place, and has a vibe of warm friendliness that characterizes Portland so well.  …and yes, those are iPads on the machines.  🙂

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I also hired a personal trainer.  I’m pretty good about working out on my own, but I thought a personal trainer would help me stay on track and make sure that I don’t injure myself.  I’m psyched!  I think this will be fun….and will be a great way to meet new people.   My husband is thinking of joining also.  I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, it would be fun to go there together, but on the other hand, I sort of enjoy having my own things to do by myself.  We’ll talk about it tomorrow and see how it works out.  Since he is gone every other week, it might work out very well for us to join together.