Who is Ashley Black?
Ashley Black, the #1 best-selling author and inventor of the myofascial tool phenomenon the FasciaBlaster®, was born in a small town in Alabama in 1972. At a young age, she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) which would come in waves of debilitating pain throughout her childhood. She spent her youth in and out of doctorʼs offices and was told she would need a wheelchair by age 25.
Determined this would not be her fate, she developed her own coping mechanisms to control her flare-ups and found that food charting, hot and cold baths, self-massaging, stretching, and strength training were effective means of pain management. She began to deny medications in her teens and always knew there was a better way. Black developed a love for sports and became a competitive athlete – tumbling, dancing, and cheering throughout college and by her early twenties she was teaching 20+ fitness classes a week.
How it All Began
Life as she knew it came to a screeching halt in her mid-twenties after the birth of her second child, when she went into the hospital for a routine procedure and contracted a deadly bone infection that 93% of people in this condition die from. After months of excruciating pain, Black was released from the hospital with a prognosis of a life of disability and pain management drugs.
Refusing to accept her fate once again, she decided to take her health trajectory into her own hands. Black began studying multiple forms of alternative medicine and researching both the known and unexplored facets of human anatomy to find something that could help her.
Using herself as a guinea pig, she discovered that the structural limitations in her body that were causing her intense pain were due to constrictions in the sheaths of connective tissue – fascia – that connect, penetrate, envelope, and surround every organ, joint, muscle, and system of the body. Utilizing her personal experience, experimentations, research and sheer will, Black developed a fusion of soft tissue therapy, fascia stretching, body mechanics, and core activation techniques to bring a holistic approach to wellness, sports performance, and recovery. Her original insights contributed to the creation of a new realm of science: Fasciology™.
The birth of the FasciaBlaster™ is the quintessential story of “Necessity Breeds Invention.” As Ashley and her team of Fasciologists were working with their personal clients, there was a definite need to address the fascia, as it can impede the efforts for deeper tissue work. There are many techniques to address fascia, such as skin rolling or pulling or long sustained fascial stretching, fascial “flossing” even cupping and blading. But these techniques can be slow and cumbersome, as well as rough on the hands of the practitioner. There were also tools that were marketed for fascia, but nothing she tried was able to palpate the fascia the way Ashley and her Fasciologists theorized would be most effective.
Many of the clients were professional athletes and celebrities, so Ashley would have to travel to work with them, and sometimes she wouldnʼt see them for weeks or months at a time. This was a huge setback, so it was vital that she invent something to help them help themselves between visits.
It was also crucial to Ashley to use her knowledge and skills not only for the rich and famous. Fascia care is so important, so Ashley wanted to be able to empower “the everyday person” with the knowledge of fascia and give them tools to be able to address it without the help of anyone else. Were they going to get the full “Ashley Experience?” No, but they would get a big piece of it!
She always wanted to impart the knowledge and felt like people would get to know their bodies and pursue a fascia centric life if they could have a taste. She already had the idea for what the tool needed to do, and the designs in her head. One day Ashley was introduced to a man who had survived Stage 4 Lymphoma, and she offered for him to came into her clinic. Ashley and her Fasciologists ™ started working with him to help his ravaged body that was void of lymph nodes. He became a believer.
Turns out, he helped inventors and business people partner with manufacturers. Ashley said to this man “Hey, I need to talk to you”, as she sketched the first FasciaBlaster™ on a to-go box. He decided that if he had passion for this project, others would too, and together they made the first prototypes in 2012.
After only a few revisions, the FasciaBlaster™ was perfect. It took many years to get the FasciaBlaster™ to market but Ashley personally loved hers and she knew that if it could impact her own life so dramatically, that it could do the same for others. So, she held that belief and passion and poured her heart and soul into trying to sell it to anyone that would listen. It was a painstaking process with a lot of “noʼs” but eventually a small group of people were willing to try it, and the results were so dramatic that we could barely keep up with orders. The rest is as they say … “history”.
Flash forward to 2019 with over a million products sold, one of Americaʼs fastest-growing private companies, millions of loyal followers on social media, a #1 national best selling book, a TEDx talk, a second book, new tools and product development, a research project being presented at conferences around the world, and most importantly daily lives being transformed by the FasciaBlaster™ tools! Currently executing global expansion! #BeThe Movement