Fascia is the body’s connective tissue that provides a framework that helps support and protect the whole body including individual muscle groups and organs. Picture one giant spider web penetrating and dividing muscles from head to toe. Picture the rind of an orange as your skin. If you peel the ‘skin’ of an orange, immediately underneath you will find the thick fibrous layer (pith) which would be the same as your fascia in your body. This layer directly beneath the skin provides and protective barrier between the skin and deeper soft tissue. If you look closer to each segment of the orange you’ll notice smaller white ‘lines’ dividing and intertwining each piece. The same is true for the fascia in your body. These are there to protect the organs and muscles from outside trauma.
Ashley Black explain to us that in order for the musculoskeletal system to perform functional activities, like running, skipping, jumping and walking we rely on a healthy fascia to support these functions efficiently. Fascia surrounds and penetrates muscles, blood and nerves. This allows for smooth gliding of the muscles and organs. Fascia reacts to everything you do and every move you make!! If you are suffering an injury, dehydrated, perform high impact activities, this can cause fascia to adhere or clamp to itself or surrounding muscles, skin and bones. These adhesions and distortions may cause poor blood flow, limited range of motion, weaker nerve impulse, limited flexibility amongst other physical ailments.
Ashley Black in the United States has designed an incredible tool and technique to address the fascia directly. Fascia Blasting refers to the unique claw like tool, being applied to the body using the correct technique to open fascia. When Ashley Black became ill and was given only a survival rate of 7% she refused to admit defeat and discovered the importance of fascia in the body. This healing journey of hers has revealed many ways in which we can address the fascia to improve our health. The results have been exceptional and helped many people across the globe reach a better state of health.
Many symptoms and misaligned have improved significantly after Fascia Blasting both in the short and long term. Whilst this is a great tool to use in the home, results are maximised when our therapist can apply certain techniques and access areas on the body that are difficult to reach. In our Massage Sanctuary we are proud to incorporate the Fascia Blaster into our treatments.