Airrosti WhatWhat?

2011 03 09 15.12.30 Austin Texas US 225x300 Airrosti WhatWhat?
(I know. How is my child *not* scarred by my asking her to take this TMI post-Airrosti pic.)

I came.  I saw.  I had my fascia manipulated.  I foam rolled. I got Kinesio taped.  I left.

I Airrosti’ed.

A few of you warned me I was in for the worst pain in my life.

A few of you made me promise Id let you know how it felt as you, too, are searching for relief.

I give you my post-Airrosti musings.

Bullet form.

So I wont ramble.


  • Airrosti is precisely what it says: you’re assessed, you receive a hands-on treatment (thats the fascia manipulating) you receive a ‘program’ of stretches & foam rolling, & you’re Kinesio taped. I liked (since this was all out of my zone of COMFY) that I researched and what I ‘prepared’ myself for transpired. (I have to add that my doctor and his staff ROCKED.  If you’re in Austin and want the name—hit me up below)
  • I knew immediately pieces of Airrosti were precisely what I needed. Good lord the hands-on fascia treatment was better than my tennis ball/lacrosse ball.  I amble around Austin longing for someone to walk next to me & POKE me in hard the hip 24/7 (can you relate? anyone?). This was better than how I imagine even that would  be.  The pain was about a 5 on a scale from 1-10 with a few moments of 8.
  • Other pieces baffled the doctor and me. The jury is still out with regards to whether my problem is fascia or not.  My jury is not out on whether Im returning. I scheduled more sessions as even though I wasnt HEALED!! (as some are) after one visit—–I wasnt hurting more the next day either.  And, to be honest. I’d not been foam rolling enough so even just more instruction there will help. Speaking of which…
  • I loved getting the one-on-one foam rolling tailored for MY needs instruction. Sure I know about foam rollers.  Yes I roll.  You BET I own one of these bad boys.  No. I’d never made time for me & hired someone to show me precisely what I need for my structure/muscles/fascia.  This was a piece of the Airrosti puzzle I loved…in that super-painful foam roll’y way.
  • The Kinesio tape made me giggle. Yes, People.  I am a five year old and Im married to one.  We are the couple who elbows each other when we see people sporting the tape and whisper: seriously?? does she think shes going to the Olympics?! After my appointment I was one of those people (who knew most of them had just Airrosti’ed?). And I was grateful that my, uh, affliction was on my back and bumbum.
  • Im not really sold on the Kinesio tape (please to chime in here!) Do my stripes of pink really support my muscles to decrease pain *and* help my body to reduce swelling?  Do they really lift my skin so that lymphatic absorption of excess fluid occurs (so theres less bruising)?  I dont know.  I still think if I saw my bumbum out in public Id mock it.
  • I could cry at simply having other people on my team. At having other people (almost) as invested as I in figuring out what’s causing my problems.
  • I freakin love the Tornado got up first thing the next morning and announced she wanted to tape herself up just like mama.  Good lord I ADORE the age of five.

And thats where I am right now.

Talking about my ailments like Im an 80 year old.

Taped up & PINKed up like a princess (guess who chose the color?).

And heading back for more.

If my fascia is the problem I believe this is the ‘cure’ and, if it’s not, then Ill just be a PINK-striped badass foam-rolling fascia-corrected machine.

Never a bad thing in my misfit book.

(see? who knew I had a book.)


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  1. Molly says

    What is Airrosti normally used for? I looked at the site and it seems more injuries than anything else.

  2. Nancy says

    I am one of the few who still doesn’t foam roll.

    Do you think that it will help non-runners?

    • says


      Foam rolling will help everyone! I am not a runner but I firmly believe in foam rolling. If you stretch, you should foam roll. If you don’t stretch, you should foam roll. If you move at all, you should foam roll.

      In short, you should foam roll. It will make your life better.

  3. Michelle says

    so glad that you’ve found something that works. it was like when I started going to acupuncture…so good

    • MizFit says

      I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine in Hebrew.

      It’s the same thing I have on my wedding band :)

  4. says

    LOL at the Tornado!!

    Did your insurance cover this and do you think you could have learned as much from a session with a personal trainer who specializes in foam rollers?

    I’ve been curious but I do not have insurance right now and it is so pricey.

  5. says

    I’m such a cavegirl that I’d never heard of this until your previous article. I’ll have to explore any local options, should the need arise. Or talk to my chiro about getting some pink tape. :)

    Glad you found some relief, even if it didn’t get you all the way to where you want to be.

  6. says

    Ooh, I likey!

    I love the foam roller! I used to take a class at my gym. I need to get one for home!

    Are you making a Leprechaun trap for St Patty’s day? J and I are working on this today. :)

  7. says

    Sounds like a really interesting experience. I’d love to give it a go. I’m not sure how I’d feel about the tape though.

  8. says

    I never heard of this until you mentioned it in another post! I’m all for trying “alternative” therapies, so this sounds really cool.

    Hoping this is the answer to help you fix the bootay :)

  9. says

    Wowza! If the phrase what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger applies here…you will come out like GI Jane on the other side.

    Here’s to a healthy back no matter what it takes!

  10. says

    I’ve never even heard of this before. I might have seen a vid under a different name; it was this horrid looking procedure where the practitioner had something that looked like a giant butter knife coated with lard and looked like he was trying to rub the skin off of somebody’s arm. Does that sound like it?

      • Vanessa says

        Correction, Lynn, Airrosti is covered under quite a few insurance plans and Airosti providers are Doctors of Chiropractic and are highly trained in this dicipline, so personal trainers are not quite the same.

  11. says

    I’m trying to work through the scientific basis of the tape. I don’t think your skin interferes with “lymphatic absorption.” I could be convinced that the lifting and supported helps with the pain. Self-care is good!

  12. Miz says

    more when I get my morning wrangled— but no butterknife involved.

    All hands ;)

    Tho I think I’ve seen that video too!!

    What was that?!
    For cellulite perhaps?

    • Miz says

      Ive done both and it is different.
      That said I emailed the Airrosti doc I went to and asked if HE’D answer this one so Im sure it’s answered properly :)

  13. Tina says

    I live in Houston and I think there’s a center here.
    I want to try…and get pinked too ;)

  14. says

    I have no clue what Kinesio tape is for and what benefit it can provide, curious I will read more. But I must say, it looks good on you. Do the make it in camo pattern?

    • says


      Most people do not foam roll correctly.

      When you position yourself on the roll, MOVE SLOWLY.

      Roll about 1″ a second down the muscle and back up. That is all.

      No rolling back and forth multiple times.
      No quick rolling.

      Let your body guide you to tender spots. When you find them, HOLD on them for at least 30 seconds -until the pain subsides.

  15. says

    Carla, thx so much for this post as you know I have been asking you about it along with others! With age, all things start to hurt! ;-) I did not find this in my area but I will continue to research.. and yes, I own a foam roller & tennis ball too! :-)

    Love the Tornado comment!

    THX again!

  16. says

    This is how I feel about KT Tape: it provides support sort of like an Ace bandage would, except because it’s sticky you can put it almost anywhere, it doesn’t have to be wrapped. That in turn, MAY advance healing of the sight. But does ‘it’ actually heal? No. The other issue with it, depending on where you use it, sometimes it doesn’t stay on very well. (Can you tell we’re big tapers due to martial arts in the Helen household?)

  17. Ava says

    I got chocked up at you saying you were happy to have people on your team Miz.

    I hope this works!!

  18. says

    Well, the tape is mighty pretty, no wonder the Tornado wants in on it.

    I got my foot taped for plantar fasciitis and didn’t notice much difference, but it was beige so that probably explains it. Hope this new program works and gets you a pain-free booty pronto!

  19. says

    I hope Arrosti does the trick for you. As for foam rolling, once I was taught (thank you running club coach Joni!) the correct way, wow, what a difference (and holy hell, it can hurt so good). I have the KT tape – tried using it when my knee was feeling wonky but I couldn’t get it to stay on during an entire (sweaty) run. I do like it for the arch of my foot, and of course the pink color is very appealing, but like you, I’m not entirely sold on it quite yet.

  20. says

    I’ve never heard of Airrosti Treatment but it sounds fascinating and, if it works, that’s even better.

    Your child is turning out to be quite the photographer. ;)

  21. says

    Wait a sec. I thought that pic was pink photoshop coloring. I didn’t realize it was REAL tape!!! Sheesh, woman. But why on earth would you photoshop color your body in pink stripes anyway? I dunno.

  22. says

    I was going to ask about Rolfing too…I was Rolfed in December (10 sessions) and it was all about the fascia. And then there’s the Graston technique (butter knife/lard…not really but thats what it looks like…sorta).

    I’m all for stuff like this…I don’t think it can hurt and if it helps? YAHOO!

  23. says

    Thank you so much for this! I’ve never heard of it but it sounds like exactly what Gym Buddy Allison needs!! Girl’s been nursing a back injury for months now. I will proceed to inform her all about Airrisoti (and then pretend like I’m just that smart… before I give her this link!)

    • Miz says

      I wasn’t too sore at all. And I didn’t find it too painful either. I’m a misfit ;).

  24. Lauren says

    I use the KT tape for my plantar fasciitis. Keeps the pain out of my arches and I can run farther. It may all be in my head but whatever lets me get the mileage in!

  25. says

    When I read Airrosti all I can think of is potatoes…LOL!

    It sounds interesting and painful all at the same time…like someone else said, it is just like my acupuncture experiences. Hurts so good.

    I hope whatever is ailing you passes quickly.

    The Tornado is too funny…and a great photographer!

  26. says

    Lord have mercy, Miz! Thanks for sharing this discovery. I’ve never heard of it. I’ve nursed freakish S-I pain for over 10 years and was just diagnoses with Spondylolisthesis. Calling them PRONTO!!

    I could cry at the idea of simply having other people on my team, too!! As a spinal cord injury survivor I’ve been pretty private about my journey. You’ve inspired me to put it out there to help others. Thanks for your brave talk!

  27. Ren Man says

    I’m not sure for what you need a photographer. The Tornado appears to do a super job with the camera phone…

  28. fd says

    glad to hear you’ve found something to help. i’ve just had two sessions of manual therapy and accompanying exercises and foam rolling to relieve alot of pain – although its not called airrosti it seems similar. so far it has been helpful in and of itself and such a relief to know people are on my team! i also got taped up, but in beige and it does help muscular tension and pressure on joints, but i’m not sure the therapist thought it would do all those other magical things. i may request pink tape in future, it suits my wardrobe much better than beige.

  29. Mystickal Dragon says

    Had my first treatment today. I have lupus and on Sunday my back was really hurting, thought it was related to the lupus. After two days of severe pain called my DR and he referred me. Hadn’t heard of it before that. Pulled up your website afterward.

    Treatment was tough but found I could breathe through the pain of the treatment and now I am able to move more than the past three days. It’s amazing.