Rolling techniques used by Tampa Bay professionals to fight cellulite, relieve pain

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — If you’re on social media, you may have seen women talking about “blasting” their fat away.

“Fascia” is the new buzz word trending, as women start understanding that part of the body’s anatomy could help relieve pain and fight cellulite.

“If you’re struggling with cellulite, you’re struggling with pain, it’s due to fascia build up,” said Kellie Paradis, a fitness guru and owner of Krazy Cardio in St. Petersburg.

Long before the registered medical device, the “Fascia Blaster,” hit the market, Paradis has been teaching her clients how to roll and smooth out their skin to not only heal injuries, but make the body look better aesthetically.

Using rollers or other devices work on the surface of the skin, but many athletes and others turn to a technique to realign the body called Rolfing.

“I’m actually changing the structure of the body,” said Ron Thompson, of Thompson Rolfing Center of Tampa.

From improvement in posture, to pain relief, Thompson has treated people in Tampa Bay for four decades. He explains fluid build-up and tightening in the connective tissue can cause major problems for people.

While his technique is more advanced, he pointed out how tackling the problem at home could also yield results.

“So using a roller, using a pad, is now going to hydrate it and make it more consistent,” Thompson said. He went onto to explain that many clients see a dramatic change in cellulite or dimpling of the skin.

While this is a trend, skeptics dub this as a pseudoscience because it’s considered an alternative treatment.

So, like many regimens, you have to decide if it works for you, and if you have any concerns about what it might do to your body, contact your doctor before giving it a try. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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