With the holidays in full swing, I’ve been spending some of my downtime reflecting on my journey that has led me to where I am today. I thought to myself, what a perfect time for me to share my story with my AMAZING followers like you! I know that there are a lot of newbies here so here’s a little inside look into my past and how Ashley Black Guru came to light.
I was born in a small town in Alabama in 1972. At a young age, I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) which would come in waves of debilitating pain throughout my childhood. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I found myself in and out of doctorʼs offices. It was TERRIBLE! The doctors even told me I would be confined to a wheelchair by the age of 25, but there was no way I was about to let this happen. I started to develop my own coping mechanisms to control the flare ups- food charting, hot and cold baths, self-massaging, stretching, and strength training were effective ways to manage my pain. And don’t you know it, these strategies proved successful and I became a competitive athlete – tumbling, dancing, and cheering all throughout college.... but then, the UNTHINKABLE happened.
After the birth of my second child, I 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, (and let me tell you it was INSANE) I was released from the hospital with a prognosis of a life of disability and more pain management drugs than you could ever imagine. There was NO way I was letting this happen, so I studied multiple forms of alternative medicine and researched human anatomy like you wouldn’t believe. I was basically my very own guinea pig. I discovered that the structural limitations in my body that were causing my intense pain were due to constrictions in the “sheets” of connective tissue – fascia – that connect, penetrate, envelope, and surround every organ, joint, muscle, and system of the body.
Utilizing my own personal experience, experimentation, research and sheer will, I 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. That lead to the creation of a new realm of science: Fasciology™. I started seeing many people facing the same pains that I suffered from. Many of my clients were professional athletes and celebrities, and I would travel to work with them, but the problem was that I wouldn't see them for weeks or months at a time. This was a huge setback, and I knew I had to invent something to help them in between visits….. And that is how the FASCIABLASTER was born.
Now you can find me helping so many all around the world. From the original FasciaBlaster to my newly released Extenders, it’s my mission to advance the science, develop tools and products to help people in pain, and make sure that all my knowledge is captured and carried on by Fasciologist™. I want to expand to the global market, establish a college curriculum, and train my predecessors on the science behind fascia. By presenting the ground breaking fascia research at major global medical conferences and compelling other scientists to take the tools and methods I’ve developed and apply them to vast areas of the healing sciences in ongoing research, I know that we can change the world and reveal the truth about fascia.
Happy Blasting with Love and Light to you all!