Cellulite is the ugly, despised 'C-word' of the beauty world. It refers to the dimpled, lumpy appearance of skin, most commonly seen on the buttocks and thighs.
The condition affects predominately women, more than 90% to be precise, and only 10% of men. This is due to differences in the collagen structure which holds the fat in.
In a recent book by Ashley Black, The Cellulite Myth: It's Not Fat It's Fascia; common misconceptions about cellulite are debunked and fascia is brought to the forefront of the conversation surrounding this unsightly condition.
What is fascia?
If you have not yet heard about the latest buzzword in the wellness world, then this is worth gemming up on. Fascia is the scientific term for the web-like mesh that encases your entire internal organ makeup. It is often likened to that of the pith underneath the orange peel; the thicker peel being your skin, the white fibres clinging to the segments are your fascia.
How does it affect me?
According to Black: "Fascia provides the protective sheath around our entire body as a whole and also surrounds each organ and muscle for protection from outside trauma." It is believed that our fascia has a memory and holds on to negative experiences, until they are released. In other words, you hold your issues in your tissues.
How is fascia to blame for cellulite?
Black has a fresh take on what is causing the dreaded "cottage cheese" thighs; in a word, fascia. She explains how: "Fascia can become unhealthy due to various factors, such as dehydration, overuse, injuries and a build up of toxins. It is this damaged fascia that ultimately leads to fat pushing up against an uneven surface, which gives cellulite its appearance.
How can I restore my fascia?
Black sites four lifestyle changes that can contribute to improving the health of your fascia. These are: "Proper nutrition (being the foundation of life), staying hydrated (which ensures fluid in the fascia stays topped up), correct posture and stretching and exercise (reduces tension and fascial restriction).
However, Black's main course of action for cellulite eradication, is to use the FasciaBlaster.
This massage tool is designed to rejuvenate the fascia in the thigh and buttocks region and lead to smoother, less noticeable cellulite. Added to that; it proclaims to improve muscle performance, nerve activity, circulation and reduce pain.
While medical professionals are divided in the effectiveness of this as a solution for cellulite and Black has used the widespread concept of fascia as a powerful marketing tool for her own product, a lot of people have had success with this approach.
Do your own research
Black provides a useful case study into the the topic of fascia and how it affects our body, in this case by contributing to the cause of cellulite. The methods and equipment she suggests are not the only means to achieving the same effect using similar (and in some cases more scientifically sound) theory.
Rollers have been on the scene for a while now and are a fantastic way of providing your body with a full fascia massage, easily and at a low cost.