Unfortunately, in the world of modern Western medicine, fascia has been largely ignored and dismissed, with invasive solutions being given as the only solutions - strong drugs with undesirable side effects, injections, surgical repairs, joint replacements, killing a nerve or a blood vessel. These interventions can cost thousands of dollars and in the end actually lead to other dysfunctions and a cycle of pain and invasive procedures that seem to have no end. Don't get me wrong, I am definitely not anti-medicine or anti-surgery; these things certainly have their benefits when applied in appropriate circumstances. However, I believe the least invasive interventions should always be applied first. And I have experienced first hand the power that restoring fascia to its healthy state has on a person's well-being, both in my own body as well as with guests I have had the privilege to work with here at the spa.

 

We can often achieve great results in one session. However, to really create lasting change requires time and commitment. Sometimes this can be difficult; most of us have to budget our finances and our time. However, it is important to realize that self-care is health care. Therapeutic massage and bodywork is not a luxury or a treat; it is a therapy that can have profound affects on your well-being.

 

As a general rule of thumb, for health maintenance I recommend having a monthly massage treatment. If your goal is pain management, I recommend coming in once a week. If you are ready to work on finding and treating the cause of your pain or restricted movement, I recommend two sessions per week for a few weeks. This will give us a chance to calm the nervous system and establish a good baseline for determining the best way forward. In addition, home care is crucial - learning and working on correct posture and movement patterns; exercising to achieve strength, flexibility, and coordination; using the FasciaBlaster tools to smooth out your fascia on a regular basis. I would love to help you put together a self-care FasciaBlasting program.

It is time that you are able to take your well-being into your own hands, to stop the cycle of pain and fear (Will I get better? Am I damaged? Will I have to have surgery? What comes next?), to be able to create your own health. I am here to help.

Fascia Treatments

FASCIA RELEASE

This specialized bodywork focuses on restoring fascia to its optimal, hydrated, healthy state to relieve pain, restore movement and range of motion, and diminish physical effects of stress by releasing soft-tissue restrictions. Results often include ease of pain, more freedom in movement, and decompression of the nervous system.

 

This treatment is beneficial for everyone. It is ideal for various types and causes of chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, range of motion restrictions, scar tissue, post-surgery rehabilitation, and much more. In many cases, restoring fascia to its healthy state, especially when coupled with proper movement and exercise, means that more invasive procedures such as injections or surgery may be postponed or even avoided altogether.

FASCIABLASTING

These sessions take Fascia Release treatments to the next level. Ashley Black's specially designed FasciaBlasting system is used to to help reverse damage from injuries or postural deficiencies by "brushing" the tangles out of the fascia, thereby releasing adhesions and allowing the tissue to re-hydrate and be restored to optimal health, so you can take back control of your body

 

This myofascial massage work is beneficial for most everyone, as it can be very gentle or deep, depending on the condition of your tissue. Each session is customized based on your goals. We begin with thermo (heat) therapy to warm the area to be treated, making the tissue more pliable. Then, we use the FasciaBlaster tools to untangle fascial restrictions, relieve inflammation, and restore range of motion. While Blasting, we use BlasterOil, infused with thermogenic properties, to help further heat the tissue internally and enhance the treatment. Then, we briskly massage the area to help flush out the old, stagnant fluids and allow new blood and lymphatic fluid to bring healing nutrients and extra oxygen into the treated tissue. Depending on the length of your session, we may use various muscle activation techniques to help restore neuromuscular connections. Next, we apply AfterBlaster Cream - a careful blend of arnica, aloe vera, and vitamin C, perfect for calming and stabilizing the skin, providing antioxidants to the tissue, and reducing inflammation. And finally, we end with cryotherapy on a KryoMat and a CranioSacral Therapy treatment to assist the Nervous System to deeply integrate the session results.

Fascia is "a 'master key' that's as crucial as knowing you need water, oxygen, and blood to survive. Once you have this key, you can open as many doors as you'd like. You can change your body in ways you never thought possible. You can correct health and orthopedic issues you were previously told you couldn't. You can obliterate cellulite, pain, restrictions, and more...At the surface, [this book] is about taking back control of your body, but ultimately it's about taking back control of your life."

- The Cellulite Myth: It's Not Fat, It's Fascia by Ashley Black

FASCIA

What is Fascia? And why does it need to be released?

Fascia is the amazing system of connective tissue that surrounds and permeates all other systems inside our body. It plays a substantial role in our structure and stability, in movement and flexibility, in immunology, in memory and emotions. It effects posture, range of motion, circulation, neurological responses, pain sensations. It is a continuous network of tissue that connects our entire body from the top of our head to the tips of our toes, from our skin to our fat to our muscles to our bones, from our blood vessels to our internal organs, from our brain to our spine to our nerves. My favorite fact about fascia is that the web is complete at week 3 of an embryo; that shows truly how foundational it is.

Our fascia is designed to move freely, easily rubbing back and forth against other tissues. However, when an injury or trauma occurs, the sticky fibers of fascia contract and tighten in a protective way to prevent further injury. These adhesions, when left untreated, lead to restrictions and eventually to more serious issues such as impaired movement, loss of range of motion, compensatory patterns, perpetually contracted and lengthened tissues resulting in overused and weakened muscles, and pain. For an example, take a look at the thoracolumbar fascia in the low back below. The first video shows healthy, unrestricted fascia, while the second video shows injured fascia that is adhered together (scar tissue). Note the freedom of movement on the left verses the loss of function on the right.