If you keep seeing a certain white rod with snowflake-shaped attachments all over your Instagram feed—particularly from the accounts of fitness bloggers who make you feel bad for skipping the gym—and have felt even slightly intrigued, you're not alone. That tool is the Fascia Blaster ($89; fasciablaster.com), and judging by the before and after shots more predominant than Kardashian-Jenner selfies, it can make some pretty dramatic changes when it comes to reducing the appearance of cellulite. To understand exactly what the Fascia Blaster does, we first had to ask its creator Ashley Black one key question. What exactly is fascia? "Fascia is the body's connective tissue, and it's everywhere. It runs from head-to-toe, fingertip-to-fingertip, and all throughout," she explains. "It provides a framework that helps support and protect individual muscle groups, organs, and the entire body as a unit." It bears a pretty strong resemblance to spiderwebs, though there are four different types; structural fascia on the surface level, interstructural throughout the structures and organs, visceral, which fills in cavities and helps keep organs in place, and spinal fascia around the spinal cord.
But how does all of this relate to cellulite? "When we experience injury or trauma, the fascia contracts and and distorts in the area to offer support, but these adhesions are also responsible for tightness and restriction," Black tells us. "Not only can this be painful, but is also the cause of cellulite. The fascia adheres to the skin, pulls it down, and in turn, the fat is pushed up through the fascia, creating the 'mountains and valleys' we know as cellulite." The Fascia Blaster helps to break up those distorted areas, effectively reducing the appearance of cellulite, and returning the tissue to its original, healthy state. Because fascia is everywhere, the tool can be used on every area of the body (and as often as every day, at that), but Black notes that many users tend to target the thighs, stomach, and arms first. Start with bare skin, apply a layer of body oil, pin an area of fat between the snowflake-esque attachments, and rub vigorously for 1 to 5 minutes. You may experience slight bruising at first as you're breaking up capillaries in addition to fat cells, but Black reassures us it's a sign of healing, and eventually lessens. "Many users have reported feeling the results right away—they almost instantly have less pain, more energy, and improved range of motion—but for aesthetics, many users also notice immediate results," she adds. Of course, years and years of restriction may need a little more time, but if 5 minutes post-shower is all that is needed to undo it, then sign us up.