Fascial Stretch Therapy combines the art of manual therapy with science
Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is an innovative type of assisted stretching that is based in neuroscience and on emerging new discoveries in fascia. Utilized by professional athletes, it improves mobility and helps prevent injuries, reduces pain, improves strength, and optimizes athletic performance.
FST targets not only muscles but also their neighboring joints, ligaments, tendons, and bones. And of course, fascia!
Definition of Fascia and why it’s important to stretch
Fascia is a layered web of tissue that surrounds everything in our bodies including muscles, bones, joints and organs. Imagine a sweater where a snag at the bottom effects the top of the sweater. Scar tissue or an injury can cause a similar “snag” in another area of your body.
Benefits of Fascial Stretch Therapy
- Re-aligns and re-organizes fascia to improve overall mobility.
- Can increase flexibility by up to 52% in just one session.
- Rapid, effective pain relief.
- Reduces stress.
- Eliminates trigger points.
- Improves muscle activation & relaxation.
- Improves flexibility, speed and performance in athletes.
- Improves functional mobility and posture (especially in older populations).
- Improves sleep quality.
- Relieves joint impingement syndromes.
- Aides in injury prevention.
What to expect during a session
You are dressed in loose, comfortable clothing laying face up on a massage table. You and I work together during the session – I will prompt you to contract and relax different muscle groups and breathe deeply, which both allow for a deeper stretch. The stretches are not painful. Many of my clients tell me fascial stretching feels better than massage.
A typical session is between 60 and 90-minutes. I usually spend part of the session doing some massage/ trigger point work on areas of your body that are especially tight.
I received my Fascial Stretch Therapy training at the Stretch to Win Institute. Click on therapist directory to find a great therapist while you are traveling.
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