Scientists are still learning about the fascia. In fact, there’s a lot of debate on its official definition.
However, it’s widely accepted that fascia is a continuous layer of connective tissue that covers all your muscles, bones, organs, and nerves. It’s mostly made of collagen, and it helps to give form to your body.
The continuous nature of fascia helps your body parts move. Fascia attaches, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs, allowing these structures to slide and move through the body.
When fascia is healthy, it’s flexible enough to twist, glide, and bend. But inflammation and trauma can tighten the fascia, causing pain. Additionally, fascia contains many nerves that are sensitive to pain.
Fascia pain is associated with various conditions, such as:
It’s also believed that fascia plays a role in cellulite, the orange peel–like, dimpled skin texture that most often appears on the thighs, hips, and buttocks.
Cellulite happens when parts of the skin are pulled down by fibrous connective bands, which attach the skin to muscle. The skin becomes dimpled as fat cells collect between the bands.
According to a 2002 study, women with cellulite have weakness in the dermis and connective tissue, including the superficial fascia. However, this is an old study, and more research needs to be done to confirm the link between weakening fascia and cellulite.
How does fascia blasting work?
Fascia blasting is a form of fascial manipulation. It involves a hard plastic tool called the FasciaBlaster , which was invented by Ashley Black.
Body Thief is a certified practitioner of Fascia Regenerative Remodeling, and retailer of the Ashley Black tools . The tool looks like a long stick with little claws or feet attached to it.
While the FasciaBlaster is the most popular device, other companies make similar products. They’re often called cellulite blasters or fascia massage sticks.
At Body Thief Body Sculpting, we only use genuine AB fascia blasters!
A fascia blaster is meant to be massaged all over the body, one area at a time. This is said to loosen up the fascia.
We encourage you to purchase a blaster from us for use at home! Here are some tips.
There are several ways to do fascia blasting, but here’s how it usually works:
If you’re new to fascia blasting, you typically start with 1 minute or less to see how your body feels afterward.
It’s recommended to lightly massage your skin and drink plenty of fluids after the procedure. You can also take a cold shower to reduce any swelling.
At Body Thief Body Sculpting, we always cool your tissues down after your treatment.
Infrared sauna blankets are basically a sauna in blanket form. These portable blankets use the power of infrared rays to simulate a sauna. While they're referred to as blankets, they are much more similar to a sleeping bag.
By using infrared heat and a small enclosure, they provide similar benefits to saunas while offering a better overall experience. Some benefits include dry heat that is less intense, lower temperatures, and a temperatures range we can easily control.
INFRARED SAUNA BLANKET VS. STEAMS ROOMS
Many people use the sauna at the gym. You walk in, pour water onto hot rocks, and it gets hot. Insanely hot. So hot, in fact, that many beginners can only last a few minutes before it's too much.
While you can build your tolerance up and begin to stay in a regular sauna longer each time, it still doesn't negate the waiting period for this to occur. These hotter temperatures are simply more dangerous and can easily "catch up" to those who aren't paying attention.
One of the reasons saunas get so hot is in order to work effectively, an entire room needs to be filled with steam and the heat needs to be maintained. Unfortunately, the heat fluctuates, making it hard to keep it at one specific temperature.
When using infrared sauna blankets, the temperature is much easier to control, providing a more comfortable experience. Further, infrared blanket heat is able to penetrate the skin deeper into the muscle creating a longer lasting effect, thus requiring less heat.
Other benefits include:
Red light therapy (RLT) is a controversial therapeutic technique that uses red low-level wavelengths of light to treat skin issues, such as wrinkles, scars, and persistent wounds, among other conditions.
In the early 1990s, RLT was used by scientists to help grow plants in space. The scientists found that the intense light from red light-emitting diodes (LEDs) helped promote growth and photosynthesis of plant cells.
Red light was then studied for its potential application in medicine, more specifically to find out if RLT could increase energy inside human cells. The researchers hoped that RLT could be an effective way to treat the muscle atrophy, slow wound healing, and bone density issues caused by weightlessness during space travel.
You may have heard of red light therapy (RLT) by its other names, which include:
There are many different types of red light therapy. Red light therapy here at Body Thief Body Sculpting helps reduce cosmetic skin issues, like stretch marks and wrinkles. Red light therapy used in an medical office setting may be used to treat more serious conditions, like psoriasis, slow-healing wounds, and even the help with side effects of chemo.
How does red light therapy work?
Red light is thought to work by producing a biochemical effect in cells that strengthens the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell — it’s where the cell’s energy is created. The energy-carrying molecule found in the cells of all living things is called ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
By increasing the function of the mitochondria using RLT, a cell can make more ATP. With more energy, cells can function more efficiently, rejuvenate themselves, and repair damage.
RLT is different from laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) therapies because it doesn’t cause damage to the skin surface. Laser and pulsed light therapies work by causing controlled damage to the outer layer of the skin, which then induces tissue repair. RLT bypasses this harsh step by directly stimulating regeneration of the skin. The light emitted by RLT penetrates roughly 5 millimeters below the skin’s surface.
Add red light therapy to your treatment and boost your results!