What is fascia and Fascia Blasting?

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.

Treatment

Each 90 min session begins with a relaxing infrared heat treatment to prepare the tissue. The massage then continues using the Fascia Blaster to open the fascia and and increase the blood flow. Reiki energy is also incorporated into the treatments. The therapist will also work on energising the different meridians throughout the body. Most clients have a instant relief. Their body feels lighter, with a sense of spaciousness and increased range of movement.

How fascia can affect me?


Chronic stress, poor posture/bio-mechanics, dehydration, musculoskeletal injuries and poor nutrient can lead to adhesions and restrictions in the fascia. As a result this may cause poor blood flow, limited range of motion, weaker nerve impulse, limited flexibility amongst other physical ailments. By opening and restoring the fascia will keep you moving with ease and in optimum health.

Benefits and relief from

  • Increased blood flow
  • Reduces adhesions and scar tissue
  • Increased collagen production
  • Increased muscle activation
  • Pain reduction
  • Improved range of motion
  • Remove toxins from the body

May provide relief from

  • Muscular tightness
  • Chronic neck, back and shoulder pain
  • Migraines/ headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Plantar fascia
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shin splints
  • Scoliosis
  • Postural imbalances
  • + more

FAQ’s

HOW IS FASCIABLASTING DIFFERENT FROM A FOAM ROLLER?

The foam roller can be used in conjunction with the the Fascia Blasting for optimum results. However the Fascia Blaster is uniquely designed to target some things that the foam roller cant.

Information from ashleyblackguru.com

DOES IT HURT?


Every person responds differently to treatments. The sensation of the Fascia Blaster can be unfamiliar in the beginning. Since we are increasing blood flow and nerve activity, in some cases there may be some discomfort during this stage. However many clients have described it as a itch they can never get too and find it quite pleasant! Many feel a sense of relief and leave feeling lighter with more freedom of movement.  The therapist works closely with you to ensure you are comfortable throughout the treatment. Please get in touch with us if you’d like any additional information on this.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SEE RESULTS WITH FASCIA BLASTER TREATMENTS?


When having a Fascia release treatment, depending on your goals some results may be seen and felt immediately. However long term goals and visible changes will happen in a couple of weeks of consistent use. When you have the results you desire, a maintenance program will reduce the fascia adhesions from recoiling. Like anything, you need to keep up with it in order to maintain in good health. The treatments will be less often,  more of a “touch up” to keep things in working order.

HOW DOES FASCIA CAUSE CELLULITE?


When fascia is tight or adhered it can cause a grid-like “web” of sticky connective tissue. When fat pushes through the grid – like a pillow pushing through a chain linked fence – it causes the uneven texture of the skin that we can “cellulite”.

ARE THERE HEALTH FUND REBATES?


Unfortunately at this stage there are currently no health rebates. However it is something we may look into in the future.

WHAT SHOULD WEAR?


Something comfortable. After the treatment there may be leftover oil still on the body so something loose and clothing you mind if a little oil gets on them.

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER TREATMENT?


Drink lots of water! The treatments will encourage and try to flush the toxins from the body. Your body will thank you if you have plenty of water, rest and try to eat nutritious whole foods.

WHAT OILS DO YOU USE?


We use a blend of cold pressed organic coconut oil and olive oil. Some of our oils also have magnesium oil, arnica and a selection of essential oils: grapefruit, lemon, lavender and lemongrass.

DO I NEED TO HAVE A SHOWER AFTER THE TREATMENT?

No! We only use organic cold press selection of oils that will nourish and benefit your skin. Letting the oil soak in will help your skin shine!

I feel so incredibly fortunate to have participated in a 10 session Fascia Release Package. I had just been through physical therapy due to inflammation restricting movement in my shoulder but didn’t have much success. I had never heard of fascia release and reading up on the procedure was a little daunting. I thought this may be a painful process and not sure if it was right for me. Lauren was very reassuring and effortlessly set my mind at ease with a better understanding. She was able to target my specific problem and after one session I was beyond impressed with the significant difference in my range of movement. Every session following was tailored exactly to the needs of my body and I always leave with increased movement and feeling extremely satisfied. I highly recommend Nani Ke Ola to anyone with muscle tension, pain or restricted movement. The environment is peaceful and Lauren is experienced, intuitive and truly cares about improving your wellbeing.

Bronwyn

I had no idea what to expect from the fascia release treatment. It is not your standard massage and was recommended to me as a regular runner to help release muscle tension. It was seriously awesome and the run next day felt so much easier. Loved it

Julia

Thank you Lauren – you are always so welcoming and the massage space has such great energy. The treatments have been wonderful and I am amazed at the difference, physically and mentally! I feel light and energetic, my clothes are simply hanging from me. I have not changed my daily routine and I am reaping the benefits you promised.

Bec