Fascia, Fat Shaming and Cellulite – Are You Saying Yes to Self Abuse, or Self Love?


Would you feel concerned if your teenage daughter, or any young woman you know, started showing up with bruises covering her body?

What if she told you she was doing this to herself to get rid of her cellulite by breaking up her fascia?

I would sit that girl down immediately and have a heart to heart about body acceptance and self love! I’d share my own struggles and triumphs with self loathing and love, and I’d share my wisdom as a fascia expert.

It may not be my 13 year old niece showing up like this (yet), but my instincts are the same.

There is a hot new product on the market right now, and…

I have to speak out.

It’s gaining rapid popularity because it’s supposed to eliminate cellulite, which the maker claims doesn’t even exist and is nothing more than tight or adhesed fascia.

A lot of you have written me privately to ask my opinion, so I knew I had to look into it. I spent a lot of time doing so and I’ve been feeling angry, sad and concerned.

I feel protective of the human body, the female psyche, and fascia – and I want to take a stand for self love.

What I saw and read researching this product was concerning to me for reasons both professional (as a fascia and pain relief expert) and personal (as a woman who once had severe body image issues).

This is NOT a product review. I haven’t used it and have no intention of doing so. I’m not in any way suggesting you shouldn’t purchase something if it speaks to you. I always advocate doing your own research, thinking for yourself and doing what feels right for YOU and your body.

I am a fascia expert and I want to speak out!

I’ve been working with people in pain using compression and active based fascial release since 2008 (click here if you want to know what I do in my private practice).

I’ve worked on people ages 5 to 80; curvy people, thin people, active, inactive, happy, depressed, self-loving and self-loathing, male, female; my clients range from amateur to professional athletes, everyday desk jockies to orthopedic surgeons…and through all this work, and my own journey with healing from debilitating knee pain, I have developed a profound respect and appreciation for the human body, and fascia in particular.

As a fascia expert I feel it’s my duty to speak up and offer an alternative opinion about fascia and cellulite.

And as a woman I feel it’s my duty to speak up about body acceptance and self love.

I’m not naming this product on purpose. If you’ve seen the ads then you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Do you love or loathe your body?

By the time I turned 13 I hated my body.

I was 5’3″, I had big muscles, I had belly fat and a big butt and I knew I would never look like I was “supposed” to look – tall, skinny, toned and devoid of fat (what all the magazines and media kept telling me I should look like).

I spent years being internally abusive to myself because I was ashamed of my body and spent a lot of energy every day wishing I looked different than I did.

Can you relate?

This photo of me was taken at the beginning of my worst years of body shame (I weigh the same now as I did then). I may have had a smile on my face but there was so much self loathing going on inside, all day every day. When I think about it now I feel so sad.

I want something better for young women!

How might the world be different if we ushered girls (and boys!) through those already challenging enough teenage years by helping them – as a CULTURE – learn to LOVE their bodies, appreciate them and find a million and ten ways to have FUN and ENJOY life…instead of becoming obsessed with diets and weight loss programs and comparing ourselves to photo-shopped celebrities and models?

It took me until my 30’s to learn to LOVE my body, exactly as it is.

Right now I can tell you I adore my body. I’m so grateful for it. I love how strong I am. I love my curves. I love my butt (and so does my man!) I love my soft belly and my dimpled thighs. I feel at home in this body now. I have a reverent appreciation for every aspect of this human form I get to call home – especially my fascia, knowing the part it plays in my overall health and ability to climb mountains and run pain free while feeling light and springy.

And I gotta tell you – I have ZERO interest in this product, even though it’s meant for fascia and I’m ALL about fascia – because I LOVE my body. I have no desire to change my cellulite and bruise myself in the process of trying.

Women – our bodies are MIRACULOUS!

I haven’t had children yet; but I’m alive because of a woman’s body. My mother’s body.

Evolution gave us women a precious gift, a biological blessing because we bring children into this world: we are given extra stores of FAT so just in case of famine we have fuel stores to be able to feed babies without anyone starving!

Shouldn’t we feel grateful for this evolutionary adaptation?! It’s really quite amazing when you think about it. In years and cultures past it was the curvy women who were revered. Today, we despise this biological intelligence and shame ourselves for it. And I think that is a shame.

As adult women we teach young girls how to treat their bodies by how we treat ours – and right now, almost everywhere I look we’re still teaching young girls to hate their curves and their fat. (Though I do think it’s changing and there ARE people out there creating movements for the change I want to see, like Amy Schumer, Girls Gone Strong and my amazing friend Jade Beall.

Can we please start worshiping HEALTHY and SELF LOVING, no matter what kind of packaging those come in?

I believe we can be healthy whether we’re thin/curvy/tall/short/have cellulite/don’t have it…

I want to see us adult women teaching young girls how to LOVE their bodies.

We do this by loving OUR bodies – EXACTLY AS THEY ARE.

We do this by choosing to do things FOR ourselves and our bodies out of self love rather than TO ourselves out of self loathing.

Is cellulite nothing more than tight fascia?

The product that inspired this post claims that cellulite is a myth – nothing more than tight fascia and fascial adhesions that need to be broken up. (Smh).

There is a correlation between connective tissue (fascia) and cellulite. From what I understand cellulite appears when fat deposits poke through the outermost fascial webbing, becoming visible as dimples through the skin.

If tight fascia was the cause of cellulite then ALL of my male clients would be riddled with cellulite! They have some of the tightest fascia around, with golf ball and grapefruit sized adhesions in their thighs!

From what I understand it’s actually WEAK or COLLAPSED connective tissue (rather than TIGHT fascia) that might aid in the dimpled appearance of our fat by allowing it to poke through – but it’s still FAT right, or am I totally off my rocker here?

I know my body. I know what my fat feels like. I know what my tight fascia feels like. I know – intimately – what supple fascia feels like. I’ve gotten my fascia to 100% healthy/supple/released and I can tell you from personal experience that this did NOT eliminate my cellulite.

Maybe this tool actually does work for some women to reduce the appearance of cellulite. I’ve also read plenty of online reviews stating it did not work after months of use.

What if, for those who get results…

…the cellulite “disappears” because the skin, fascia, fat and muscles are inflamed and swollen from being scrubbed and bruised for weeks or months?! Is this why it “works?”


What if it’s a build up of scar tissue from the fascia adapting to daily/weekly ‘scrubbing?’

I am not suggesting either of the above is factual, but I can’t help wondering…

Have you ever noticed how smooth and soft an area of skin and fat gets when it’s swollen from injury?

This is what truly concerns me though: the promotion of bruising and inflammation as positive signs of healing fascial dysfunction.

This is one of the main reasons I want to speak up as a fascia expert.

Is there such a thing as “good” bruising?

I’ve never heard that until now. The medical definition of “bruise” hasn’t been revised (that I’m aware of), so if it’s called a bruise then it’s still a bruise right?

A bruise is a soft tissue injury.

Small capillaries have broken open, spilling blood into the surrounding tissue.

Swelling and inflammation occur because the body isolates that area to STOP the bleeding and heal the damage by sending repair hormones to that spot.

There is no one on this planet that can convince me that having bruises for weeks or months is a good thing and a sign of healing my fascia.

I’ve worked on thousands of people since 2008 and only 2-3 have ever bruised. I felt profoundly apologetic. I often use my entire body weight stepping on people and coaching them through movement while I compress their fascia – and my clients do not bruise!

I proudly and happily make the claim, as a fascia release expert, that there is absolutely NO need to bruise yourself to get healthy fascia.


Fascia will resist change from an outside force!

One of fascia’s JOBS is to protect everything it encapsulates (which are our precious nerves, muscle fibers, organs and bones) from outside force because it could cause damage. 

The healthier our fascia, the less likely we are to become injured or bruised. It has been my experience that in order to get fascialy truly released and healthy we have to ask it to change itself – through compression and active movement, which creates new neural pathways through proprioception and the fascia electing to release itself.

I can’t help wondering about the possible long term effects of using this product: on your skin, fascia, nerves (nervous system) and muscle fibers.

One blogger reviewing the product mentioned “creepy looking skin” after 3 months of use, continual bruising and no change in her cellulite.

Could this product potentially help fascia? Absolutely. My sense is it probably works really well on scar tissue and small areas that are difficult to get to.

There are plenty of comments on the Facebook ads that are positive, and I’m happy for all the people who feel they have received benefits from using it.

Personally, I just can’t get over the marketing jargon, the many claims that I can’t support or get behind and the focus on eliminating cellulite – especially after reading a lot of comments about women using it for months, bruising and seeing no results.

If you hate your body fat, I have a proposition for you:

This won’t cost a thing, you won’t bruise, and if you succeed I can pretty much guarantee you’ll feel a FREEDOM unlike any other!

Try loving your body – cellulite and all.

Consider loving your body exactly as it is. Consider appreciating everything it does for you on a daily basis. Consider taking a stand for self love and positive body image.

Self love is sexy.

Self love is HEALING.

Self love is a revolutionary act in a world that insists on teaching us to hate our bodies because (let’s get real) women’s body image issues are some of the best money makers on the planet.

There’s one thing I know for sure: when we love and accept ourselves, it shows on the outside as BEAUTY – no matter our shape or size. Self loathing shows too, and in my experience looking perfect has nothing to do with either.

Do you want to spend your life and energy fighting the way you look or spend that time and energy going on adventures, connecting with people you love and having as much fun as possible?

Your body, your choice.

I choose self love.

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  • Darlene Sharp says:

    Thanks for this article.I wish I had read it before I started just over a week ago. I found it by researching cellulite worse after using cupping. The first time I used it I thought I saw positive results so I kept using it but each time I noticed after that it getting worse and worse but had read somewhere it can get worse before better as the fat is broken up but I no longer believeit. I now have a good 60% more cellulite than I did before and in areas i never had it before. My butt also has no a bit crevice in one f the cheeks that was not there before and is sagging. I am pretty upset as I wanted to look better not worse. I just ordered an exercise bike online and hope that in building muscle it will plump it out more and repair. I know we need to accept ourselves but part of my personality is to want to better myself. Do you know if exercise can repair the damage?

  • Kimberly says:

    I completely disagree, and so would multitudes of cupping, Gua aha, Graston, and soft tissue mobility practitioners. The FasciaBlaster can cause bruising just like these other modalities, but it’s because of the tissue remodeling and restoration process.
    I’ve been using the FasciaBlaster for almost 3 years on myself and my clients and it’s habds down the best fascia tool out there!

  • Ex Blaster says:

    Thank you SO much for your wisdom. You are a breath of fresh air in a world that wants to tell us we are defective and need ‘this’ or ‘that’ fixed.

    I just wish I’d seen this before I ever bought the stupid fascia blaster. I ended up with hormone disruption, weight gain and I now have spider veins where I didn’t have before. There are grooves and dents where I had only a little cellulite, cellulite which wasn’t even too bad but Ashley Black wants us to think it’s ugly and we MUST scrub it away.

    I found out that Ashley Black lied about her credentials and that she doesn’t even have training or certification to do massage. She’s a businesswoman, period.

    There are multiple lawsuits, people have had blood clots and other serious injures because she told them to blast at a pain level of 7, to ‘go ballistic’ and then tried to scrub it from her website as soon as people were coming forward with injuries. She tried to silence injured customers who came to her for help. The whole thing is disgusting, SHE is a disgusting human being.

    I can’t believe people are still happy to follow her after knowing all of this but there’s no accounting for common sense I guess.

    We MUST learn to love ourselves, warts and all…. that is the message we need to get out their to our daughters or what hope is there.

    Thank you for being a voice in amongst the storm of self loathing <3

    • I am so sorry to hear of what you’ve been through, and also happy to hear you’re turning towards self-love 🙂 Thank YOU for coming forward to share your story!

  • Kristi Stine says:

    I could not disagree with you more. I have been using the fascia blaster for 20 months and my body has never looked better. I feel better, I look better and I am healthier. I really really wish you would not discourage people from doing something that can help them because you personally have an issue with that.

    • Lolly says:

      What I do not understand is how people that have had positive results think that seems to mean that negative results are impossible. It just irks me to no end. I have seen the censorship and the hateful bullying that has occurred within the group. I used the blaster for 2 and a half years and was once one of Ashley’s favorites that held a special position within the group. I had been asking question for several months about issues I and others were having and getting the run around. Then in Atlanta I found out that she had lied to me about being a former LMT. I feel horrible for ever being part of this. It makes me sick that I recommended this product to anyone. I can tolerate a lot of things but a liar isnt one of them.

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  • Kelli says:

    Thank you for your comments. This really helped me realize the true problem I face. I’m sitting her today with severe bruising and hematoma’s as a result of trying this product. If my little niece come to me in this position, I would be devastated. I’m embarrassed, concerned and commited to being more aware of how self hate has impacted me! Thank you so much

    • Hi Kelli – thank you for speaking up and sharing some of your experience! I hope your health isn’t impacted too greatly, and I wish you well on the self-love journey. Having been through this myself, I can tell you it feels AMAZING to make choices based on self-love rather than self-loathing and find health from that context. I appreciate you sharing!

  • Keli says:

    I tend to agree with you! I wish I could share pictures of the severe bruising I have after using the faciablaster one time. Bruising to the point that I may need medical attention.

  • Ariel says:

    I purchased and have used the fascia blaster and felt like it did smooth out my skin- though my bruising was pretty bad. But yesterday, I “blasted” and got very sick! nauseous, dizziness, no appetite, extreme fatigue and muscle soreness. I still feel bad this am, though it is better. I’ve read that “mild” flu symptoms are not uncommon, but this has been debilitating and I’m not sure how to treat these symptoms. Would love to hear your thoughts- is this common when breaking down fascia in general?


    • Hi Ariel – while it’s always a good idea to drink water while getting any “deep” work done such as fascial release, massage etc, in my opinion the intense degree to which people are feeling sick using this product is NOT NORMAL. NONE of my clients in 9 years of doing incredibly intense fascial release (which is totally different than “scrubbing” the fascia from the outside) have gotten sick. I believe this is actually the body’s way of trying to get you to STOP. I won’t tell you to stop using the product (that’s always up to you), but I do encourage you to do some research on other people getting sick – sometimes for MONTHS, and some people have been hospitalized. Frankly, I’m horrified by the stories I’m hearing. There are far safer ways to release fascia. I don’t believe this product is actually releasing fascia anyway, I think it’s causing damage, creating inflammation and scar tissue. Good luck!

  • Suzy says:

    Great article. I wish I read this sooner!! Thank you for educating women. We all need self

    • Thanks Suzy, I hope you’re finding that self love, whatever path it takes!

  • Jackie says:

    Thank You. I agree with you. Recently I have had so many women ask me if I’m ready to start my weight loss journey, buy shakes, wraps, supplements, detox teas. I was really starting to get really depressed with how I look. What most of these women don’t know is that in the past 7 years is that I’ve been pregnant 5 times, 2 were miscarriages at 12 weeks and I have had 3 births, one with a genetic disorder. I have nursed 2 up to 17 months and I’m still nursing my 10 month old baby now.

    I know I’m overweight, I don’t need everyone in the world to tell me. I plan on putting more effort into losing the weight once I am done nursing. However I don’t hate myself but I feel I should with all this pressure and that’s what usually will get me down. I know one day I will be back in shape but I also know I will never be 20 again and I not only except that I am grateful for that, I’m grateful for all I’ve accomplished and the wisdom I have gained and the family I have grown.

    • Hi Jackie – thank you for commenting and sharing some of your story. I wish you abundant self-love and health – however you choose to define that and achieve it – and happy/healthy babies too 🙂

  • Jill Ferguson says:

    I’m 47 and used this product for 6 months, going to an LMT 1-2x a week and treating myself 3-4x a week (this was June to December 2016). I felt that my cosmetic results were great. I was eating low carb, following a “keto” diet and was exercising. As I was losing weight, my body seemed to be getting more firm/tight. I attributed this to the FasciaBlaster. I missed 5 consecutive periods during this timeframe and in December I stopped “blasting”. I scheduled a surgical procedure for February and discontinued blasting. Following my surgery I had a complication (blood clot/DVT). I think my use of this product caused my missed periods and also probably contributed to the DVT. Also, my cellulite and skin is worse than before I started with the product. I wish I’d never seen the sponsored Facebook ads for the Fascia Blaster and I wish I’d never joined the FaciaBlaster Facebook group which I believe gives skewed information about the effectiveness of the product. The site is heavily censored and posts have to be “approved”. Women that submit posts hoping to query the group (about effectiveness or effects they’re personally experiencing) are denied that opportunity in many cases. How many, I don’t know. I do know that I’ve personally seen hundreds of posts by women who say they tried to ask the group about XYZ and instead received a personal message by Ashely Black directing them to tutorials, videos and more recently her book for the answers they seek. People were told for months if not years that the FasciaBlaster did not cause weight gain and now weight gain has been added to the terms and conditions as a possible effect from using this product. The inventor, a self proclaimed “scientist” with no formal credentials that I’ve been able to find appears to give medical advice including diagnosis and treatment plans to the members of her group. I believe this needs to be investigated by whatever governing agency covers this. Ashley Black is suing one of her customers that used her product for 2 years for coming out and sharing her experience with the product and what she believes to be adverse effects of the product (search Facebook or Youtube for Karen Wallace). Several people that have come out against this product and/or its inventor have been silenced, it seems, by threats. If you’re considering this product please do your research. It’s not worth risking your health or the eventual cosmetic damage that people are starting to see when they discontinue use.

    • Hi Jill – WOW. Thank you for sharing your story! I feel disturbed and even more alarmed than I was when I made this post and video – not just from your comments but those I’ve seen on Facebook and elsewhere sharing similar stories of being blocked, censored and otherwise not allowed to share their truth. There are far more safe and effective methods for getting out of pain that do NOT have all these potential risks, and personally – trying to eliminate my cellulite is never worth risking my health. I hope more women decide to love their bodies with acceptance and choosing truly holistic and healthy routes for losing weight, healing and taking care of their fascia. I appreciate you taking the time to comment!

  • Wendy says:

    I had a gastric sleeve done in 2015, I am now working on something called vanquish, to have this done it hurts like bloody hell but I will see results,. I’m on a low-carb diet following Dr. Eric Berg’s recommendations I’ve lost 8 pounds something Jennie Craig, weight watchers could never do because they insist you eat potatoes, rice, bread, and pasta. I have to lose 30 pounds so that I can have surgery to remove the excess skin from my body so that I who is 54 yrs old can look better. I know people like you, who look at fat people and say you should just be happy with what you look like yeah but it cuts down the years of my life meaning I would have a short lifespan what the hell is that what is that worth living for so I live another 10 years and die because I have heart disease, diabetes etc. I used to weigh 320 lbs, I now weigh 216, I now have another 21 lbs to go so that I can get that surgery. I can see that you’re addressing young women under 25 years of age that they should really not do something like this they should be really happy with what they got but it would also be great if encouragement if you were to say to them there’s better ways of eating healthy out there then just excepting what the world excepts. I understand you’re only trying to help those people, but there’s quite a few women on fascia blaster that are seeing results and others that are not and those that are not seeing the results there is more inflammation in their bodies then they know to shake a rag at, so the fact would be is healthy eating losing the weight get back on track and then try that again if it doesn’t work and you still have bruising issues then look at other alternatives Way better diets out there sometimes you have to do the research sometimes you have to dig deeper to look for that I found. I’m happy with the results. Dr. Eric Berg has a YouTube channel, he’s a chiropractor, he works with the justice system and the senators of the United States as you see I’m in Canada but his information is legit sure there’s a lot of other people out there, you often wonder about them but this guy is for real I don’t like vegetables I’m not crazy about salads but hey I’m getting to like them, no dressing enjoy them naturally, he also has an awesome kale shake, I have now drink it 2×2 different days very healthy for you look that up on Dr. Berg site on YouTube.

  • Lara says:

    Not everyone bruises. I believe it’s only if you’re going too hard. I’ve been using it for over 6 months and never had a bruise

  • H Millard says:

    Thank you for this article! I too have been skeptical of it. I’m part of an FB group for it and now there are women on there who were using it, had to take a break for whatever reason (moving, surgery, etc) and claiming that their bodies look worse (their words, not mine) than before they started and they have cellulite in places it never was before. It’s being said now that you have to continue to use it for the rest of your life in order to maintain the results. Some even saying their skin has a crepey look now. People are starting to use it on their faces now too, yikes! There’s also been recent posts from women stating all kinds of viruses that have been dormant for years (20 years or more) are resurfacing, For some, multiple ones are resurfacing at the same time! Even read of people having flu like symptoms. They are miserable and everyones responding, claiming it’s a good thing, part of the detox and that the viruses are being purged from the body. What’s your perspective on that? I’ve always thought that the only time something resurfaces is because of a weakened, compromised immune system. That raises a whole new set of questions about this product.

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts, concerns and observations of stories/reports. I’ve read them too in various places (I’m not part of the FB group but I researched reviews on blogs and her Facebook page before writing this post). The most common alarming reports I’ve read involve the creepy skin after months of use, the bruising, and how this tool is being promoted for use on the back/spine for people with back pain etc. To answer your question, it’s not uncommon to flush toxins out of the body with “deep tissue” work, but it does sound concerning the degree to which some people are experiencing this. And I agree with you that to a large extent the severity of this may have to do with a compromised or weak immune system, which as you stated raises a whole new set of questions.

      To be fair, I’m not 100% anti this product if used with intelligence and for certain things, like scar tissue. However, I would NEVER promote bruising as a good thing and I firmly stand by that opinion. The claim that cellulite is simply tight fascia is in many ways laughable to me. Maybe fascia plays a role in how our fat shows or “pokes” through the fascial webbing, but if that’s actually the cause then it would be my professional opinion as a fascia expert that it would be due to LOOSE or damaged fascia, NOT tight fascia (which would provide a solid webbing and no fat would poke through, such as with my male clients who have much tighter fascia and no cellulite). I’ve read many comments on Facebook from women who bruised themselves for a whole month and never saw their cellulite diminish, and as you’ve shared others stop using the product and their cellulite comes back. I’m ALL for each of us doing what feels best for our bodies when done out of love and self care. And perhaps some women are using this tool that way. I see far more doing it out of self hatred, and that’s what really bothers me. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts!

  • Stephanie Werry says:

    I have Fibromyalgia and to my horror some women in a support group I’m in are thinking about using it because she has promoted it to help with chonic pain. I highly question her ethics and credentials which I haven’t seen any proof of what they may be other than she is a “expert”. It’s all highly sketchy to me and thank you for mentioning the bruising, I was horrified when I read she promotes it. I get Astym fasica treatment for a muscle injury and I’m concerned about the potential danger of her product and her false facts that aren’t backed by legitimate science. I wonder what my physical therapists would think of her product. Forgot to add with Fibromyalgia our bodies are so sensitive to injury and pain I can’t imagine this helping at all and making thing so much worse. Sighs.

    • Hi Stephanie – thank you for sharing your concerns and experience as someone with Fibromyalgia. I appreciate your thoughts!

    • Stephanie says:

      I use it for Fibro and to treat pain caused by my Lupus. I do so with mu Rheumatologists blessings. I took it to her , showed her videos and etc and she was fine with it. I have had less pain and been more active from using it and she said that if it was working that well it was fine for me ton continue on so I have. It has been well over a year now and I still blast. I no longer wake up with stiff joints and in pain. I personally see it as a God send. It may work for you, it may not, but my own Dr’s had no issue with it.

  • chanel says:

    I agree with everything you say. I love my body but I realized that I had gotten celliutes on my upper thighs which does kill my confidence because it’s not the most attractive thing. I did purchase the fascia blaster because of desperation of wanting to get rid of it fast and i did it for one month and my legs are still the same. I got so many brusies and swollen but no results. I have now signed up for the gym and that is my last hope because I can only do so much to get rid of it. It bothers me alot because of love wearing dresses sooooo much and I can’t do that anymore. I have to hide my legs so it’s very discouraging and next year I have a trip to go too and I am under so much pressure to get rid of it because I want to be able to wear two piece, dresses and really nice outfits. I do appreciate all that you said and I feel you are absolutely right about self love. I do love myself but at the same time if you love yourself you will also maintain what you love as well. I’m only 30 dealing with this and this is very new to me because I never had issues with my body before. It’s very stressful but when there is a will there is way. Thank you for your article and God bless

    • Hi Chanel – thank you for your brave comments here. What if you could be happy as you are right now? I totally understand the self-hate cycle, the promises to work out and eat better and finally fit into those clothes that *have* to mean I love myself enough to be THAT healthy…I can tell you from personal experience that it wasn’t until I accepted my big thighs, my soft belly and the cellulite on my butt that I found true self-acceptance and self love. Only when I accepted myself as I was (as I AM) could I fiercely stand up and for my own health and happiness. Doing anything from a place of self loathing – even something “healthy” like exercise – it can’t produce self love. I’m reminded of this quote from Anne Lamott (who, if you haven’t read, I would highly recommend seeking out):

      “Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you
      never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in
      warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly
      and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out
      on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big
      juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring
      off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart.
      Don’t let this happen.”

      I know I advertise mostly physical pain relief and mobility videos, and – what most people probably don’t see as obviously is that ALL of this is about self-love. Health and healing (whether physical or psychological) cannot happen from any other source. Let me know if I can help in any other way! I want to see us women taking back our power from the many people, companies and corporations that would happily take our money because we hate our bodies so…true health requires very little money to create and sustain because it comes from within.

  • K.B says:

    Your article resonated with me on some things, such as, doing anything for ‘our bodies” from any place other than a place of love and acceptance, may not give us the “result” we seek and to approach life and even blasting from a place of acceptance and love is a better way to approach all things in life (easier said than done right? especially when that prime parking spot gets stolen right out from under our nose).

    I understand your skepticism, but it did make me wonder have you used the blaster? tried the techniques suggested? not just for “cellulite” but for pain relief, or scar reduction? I and many others have seen tremendous pain relief while using it and for myself that includes from nerve damage sustained from being paralyzed when I was a child, not everyone can afford to go to someone for myofascial release on a regular basis and this allows that.

    On another note something you said in your writing and I have begun to suspect is, stressing already “bad or strained fasica may not give the result one intends, or even be good for it without other corrective behaviors, the idea that some people begin using the blaster and see their cellulite get worse makes me wonder if they may be laying down bad fascia on top of bad fascia causing more scaring and adhesions of the connective fascia which could make bad into worse and without corrective exercises, stretching, realignment, etc could continue to remain that way or as stated on the fascia blaster blog cause it to “rebound”.

    Self love is also listening to your body and doing what feels right for it, which may include using the fasciablaster and making the choice that I want to spend my life and energy doing what makes me love and feel good about myself,as well as having some pain relief ……and yes that may mean being a life long “fascia blaster”.

    • Thanks for your comments, I absolutely agree that each of us must figure out what is right for us and for anyone who feels this product is right for them and yields the results they wanted, I can fully support their decision. I felt inspired to write this post after dozens of women kept writing me asking for my opinion on this tool and its claims, and specifically around their fears of bruising. After looking into the product and its claims and then seeing reviews and experiences of many women bruising horribly and not getting any results, and reading that some women experienced getting weird “hanging skin” issues after months of use – I felt I had a professional responsibility to say something. As someone who has worked with people in pain specifically via fascial release since 2008 I have some ground to stand on here, I’m not just trying to dis someone else’s work, and I spent a month or more debating whether or not to write and record this. But women kept writing me and I decided to make my personal and professional opinions public. And no, I haven’t tried it. I don’t have any need to because I get regular fascial release and very healthy fascia. A student of mine has tried it and reported to me that she felt it was useful to break up scar tissue but did nothing to release her fascia compared to the work we do. A client of mine tried it before finding me. She said she bruised horribly, got very little if any results for pain relief and what I do with her is far more effective. So I do have firsthand accounts from people I trust. I have no desire to try this product because, in my experience and opinion, there are faster, more effective and far less damaging ways of releasing fascia and getting out of pain. I’ve seen the many comments from people who have gotten results for pain relief, so I in no am suggesting it can’t work for some people. And, I maintain that I believe there are healthier ways to do it that don’t cause damage.

  • Judy says:

    You are awesome – I love your videos each week but this one is a wonderful call to power for women and courageous. Thank you Elisha.

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