FasciaBlaster: Too Good to Be True?

Have you seen anything about the FasciaBlaster? Apparently it's a tool used to break down the fascia or "cobwebs" surrounding the body's muscles. You are supposed to massage the tool over skin that's been lubricated with oil. Supposedly it's a big trend among professional athletes, actors, and models. Its claims include diminished body pain and inflammation, reduced cellulite, reduction of fat cells, and an overall improvement of muscle performance. 
Is this just another useless product that is a waste of money?
There's more info on FasciaBlaster.com

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  • I direct you to the disclaimer at the bottom of their website: 

    "Legal Disclaimer: All claims and results within are based on years of anecdotal evidence. The company is currently studying claims for scientific validation."

    So the company is TELLING us that there's no proof that it works. I say we wait until they finish their scientific studies before spending any money on it. 
  • @Randy

    >So the company is TELLING us that there's no proof that it works. I say we wait until they finish their scientific studies before spending any money on it. 

    Nice one!

    Thanks for the teach.
  • Hi @preciousia ;

    I use the fascia blaster myself, I'll give you my unbias view of it and explain it from my understanding:)  

    I used to have myofascial release massage from my old personal trainer which gave me an interest in it. Fascia is that tight white film you see on raw lamb and chicken meat if that makes sense? It encapsulates the muscle and can tighten over time, especially so with muscle exertion/tension. That is why people who do a lot of resistance training and don't stretch enough (e.g weights/bodybuilders) can become fascia bound and end up with that stiff looking stance and gait. My partner does a great deal of weight training, I do a lot of pilates. Consequently he tends to have a great deal less flexibility than me and is more fascia bound.

    Certainly, when I fascia blast I remember what my trainer used to tell me about the action of the MFR massage and notice the same effects and responses on my body. Areas where the fascia was tight feel gravelly and uncomfortable when I fascia blast. After a couple of minutes of blasting the pain eases and the particular areas where the fascia was tight go red, as the fascia is released and blood flows to the area. The areas where I feel tight and fascia bound tend to go red/feel gravelly while areas which were not don't go very red or feel uncomfortable. I am very much right sided and all my weaknesses fall on the left side of my body. If I, for example, do split squats, I find it much harder to work out my left side. If I fascia blast the day after, that is also the side I feel gravelly on and that goes far more red. 

    I don't think I'm the best candidate to make claims about massive fat shifts when using the fascia blaster as I'm quite fit and lean. I just don't understand how it could possibly slim the women in the pictures you see so dramatically, I would really say there HAD to be some diet and exercise involved. I also called them out on their Facebook page as I saw one picture from a lady which had been obviously photoshopped, or had run her image through a skin smoothing app (I'm an ex model and photographer and I have a keen eye for photoshop!) I don't think it had been altered by the FB people as it was a bad job but more so the contributor.I think she did get results but was excited to share and wanted to make them look better. 

    I get pretty annoyed because a lot of the before and after photos are taken in different lighting and that can make an absolute world of difference. Its easy to make an after photo look tremendously better with just lighting/posture/angle alone. However, I read so many reviews online and on Real Self and there is an absolutely plethora of people who rave about it. After a trusted friend told me how well the FB worked for her I got one out of curiosity. I have to say, I have definitely noticed some differences such as a reduction of cellulite on the back of my thighs and more defined abs. I don't think it's a bad tool at all, I think its very handy for fascial release and lymphatic drainage and certainly, for me, cellulite. 

    I do think the FB is extremely expensive for what it actually is but, I guess, you only need to buy it once. Of course, you can get a cheap cellulite busting tool like this from Ebay:


    I am certainly very keen to see the scientific studies on it. However, while I am rather hazy about the extent of its claims (i.e people losing tons of weight with no changes in exercise or diet) I personally find it a handy little tool alongside exercise. 


  • Good comments, thanks!

  • Cremedevanille 

    interesting! thanks for sharing!

    maybe if i spend the money on exercising/eating better.... perhaps i may reap more bang for my buck?
  • I'm starting to think you, me and Peter need our own special forum! hahaha! 

    I have no doubt in my mind that eating well and exercising are the key. I have a feeling that people try to push this notion that the FB tool is all you need and that is ridiculous and utterly unhealthy. In fairness, that Ashley black woman behind it does promote exercise as being important. However, I think there are a lot of people who have got it in their mind that all they need is to FB and then they will achieve the perfect body. That is wild and wishful thinking. 

    I do think the FB is a very useful tool as being fascia bound is a thing and anything that aids lymphatic drainage and detoxification is a good idea. It only takes me a few minutes to use the FB and I find it a very relaxing ritual. However, while I like it and it gets my own personal thumbs up I think the cult following it has is a bit scary and people put way too much emphasis on it. Its a nice accompaniment to good diet and exercise, never a replacement! 
  • Well I know you can see Fascia when you prepare chicken for dinner, but I've never seen any prove stimulating it helps in any way.. You can also have "bindweefsel" (dutch word for Fascia) massages at some cliniques, but I really don't understand why this helps for anti-aging, it looks like it only stretches skin and therefore breaks down collagen, but perhaps there's some research...

    Although as RandyS already pointed out: "So the company is TELLING us that there's no proof that it works."
  • About time the P gang need a non P username in our posse right pRandy?
  • What's Facebook?!
  • Who is this Ashley black woman? (Scratch head)
  • edited March 2017
    Calling @Pazzaglia to the house?! ciao Bella?
  • I've had the massages Peter. They don't stretch your skin, they sort of gently pull on your limbs until they self-release and then do some other general massage techniques to release the fascia. It feels nice and you are very loose afterwards. Ashley Black who created it is a masseuse by trade. 

    I don't see how the Fascia Blaster is an anti aging tool. She does a face one now - forget it! I see no use in it and that is going into the realms of ridiculous claims! The body one may have its uses for lymphatic drainage and I have seen some cellulite reduction but any vigorous massage helps the body detoxify. You can buy a cheap tool to do the same! 
  • Thank you all for your responses! I agree, a healthy diet and exercise is definitely the way to go. I suppose it could help with being "fascia bound" but I just can't see myself paying that much for it. I suppose it's a one time investment though. I think I'll buy a cheap body/cellulite massager like the one @Cremedevanille linked to to see if that does anything. 
    Does anyone here use a dry brush before showering? I've always wondered if it actually does anything in terms of circulation. I don't buy into the releasing of toxins. I did use one for a while and it definitely helped in terms of exfoliation. 
  • edited March 2017
    MelissaMary 

    i like your perspective of the back to basics healthy diet/exercise.

    i have heard of dry brush. Miranda Kerr (Australian Victoria Secret model) does it.

    Personally i am thinking of getting Clarisonic's most expensive brush you can use for face/body.


    how is that different from Pilates? It sounds similar to me.

    For the best massage gadget... i have to give thumbs up to Foreo Luna 2 :)
  • Similar to pilates but the massage offers more resistance to aid with deep stretches. Funnily enough my trainer who did it for me trained me in pilates so it went hand in hand. Sometimes we did 1/2 hour of pilates and then 1/2 hour of MFR, or on some days a full MFR session. 

    In the massage, the masseuse will hold your limb and gently pull it for 5 minutes, increasing the tension as it releases. It's a rather non invasive massage apart from the use of some standard techniques on the neck, chest, feet etc. Very nice indeed. My legs would grow by a couple of inches after the session! 

    I love the Foreo Luna 2 :) 

    @MelissaMary I dry brush prior to showering. Same sort of deal, lymphatic drainage and a nice way to exfoliate and encourage blood flow. I bought one with an extra long handle (like, 1ft long) on Ebay to help me get the hard to reach areas. 
  • @Cremedevanille ;

    >My legs would grow by a couple of inches after the session! 

    i wanna grow taller too!


  • Hehe! @previousia I was an inch taller when measured at the doctors before and after a year of starting pilates and stretching, I was quite astounded. Apparently we are taller in the a.m and lose heigh throughout the day....gravity squishing us! 
  • @Cremedevanilla

    pray tell what stretching do you recommend doing?
  • Pilates/yoga are super!
  • @cremedevanille

    I'll try pilates or they have stretch class sometimes.., I can't do yoga (religion reasons)
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