Fascial Stretch Therapy™
What is Fascial Stretch Therapy™?
Fascial Stretch Therapy™ is a stretching technique to help improve flexibility by lengthening the fascia. As time passes, the connective tissue surrounding the body can thicken and shorten. When this happens, individuals may experience conditions such as:
- Muscle Tightness
- Scar Tissue Formation
- Decreased Blood Flow
- Reduced Energy Levels
What is Fascia?
Fascia is the connective tissue which covers everything from all of your organs, to the circulatory system, to the brain & nervous system, to the musculoskeletal system and even more.
What is a joint capsule?
A joint capsule is also a connective tissue structure that surrounds joints and is involved in optimizing the mechanical function of the joint as well as providing nutrients.
Who should get FST?
Fascial Stretch Therapy™ can benefit EVERYONE! From non-athletes to professional athletes. We all, at some point in life, suffer from some form of stress. It could be physical, mental or emotional, and the way our bodies react to stress is by tightening & stiffening. If not treated properly, one’s quality of life is sure to deteriorate due to pain; causing a more rapid acceleration of aging in the mind, body & spirit.
How is FST beneficial to ATHLETES?
Athletes must be strong, fast, & of course, athletic. FST techniques provide a successful alternative to conventional methods of stretching & functional performance. Not only does this method increase flexibility, it reduces chance of injury, lessens recovery time & promotes circulation. Stretch Therapy helps to better the Professional and Elite Athletes sport specific flexibility needs. NBA, NFL, MLB, & NHL players use this system because its provides a complete and clinically proven way to develop proper range of motion while improving outcomes in pain management associated with arthritis &/or intense training.
How will I feel after FST?
After a FST session you will feel extremely relaxed and comfortable. I recommend scheduling sessions on your “off” day of training or if possible, when you are done with strenuous activities for that day. This will allow for optimal rehabilitation time.
Should I feel sore?
Soreness is dependent on multiple factors and is different from person to person. After a Fascial Stretch Therapy session, you can feel muscle soreness and joint stiffness up to 24-72 hours after session. As soreness dissipates, you feel amazing and will be able to feel the improvement in your range of motion.
What should I wear?
Wear loose and comfortable clothing allowing for movement in all directions such as fitness apparel. Please remove jewelry prior to session and have long hair out of the way.
How often should I get FST?
How often depends on many factors and is case specific. For someone who doesn’t have any body issues, I recommend a monthly or bi-monthly FST session to eliminate the adhesions that occur due to our functional patterns (e.g. driving, working, sleeping, walking, daily activity). For a complete flexibility makeover, I recommend 10 condensed stretches; 2 FST sessions per week for 2 weeks, then 1 FST session weekly for 4 weeks, and finally, 1 FST session every 2 weeks.
How does FST affects the nervous system?
Fascial Stretch Therapy sessions are done with intention to tune the body with the Para-sympathetic nervous system, decreasing muscular tension and tone while relaxing the body for complete recovery. Pre-event FST session is done with intention to tune the nervous system in the Sympathetic system and to stretch the body with sport specific range of motion. Tuning the body in the Sympathetic Nervous system will increase blood flow to muscles, and increase focus in the mind and body to prepare to fully jump into the desired activity. When you tune the nervous system to desired conditions you are enhancing your ability to move as needed during the activity by reducing the risk of injury.
How often should I do Pilates?
Pilates may be practiced 1 day out of the week, up to 6 days a week, depending on your personal preferences and goals.
What should you do prior to your first Pilates or FST session?
Print off and fill out the New Client Intake Form and bring it with you to session. It is beneficial to be hydrated, make sure you consume water before and after your session. During a FST session, your therapist is reading body receptors to dictated how far to go in ones range of motion.
Do not take any muscle relaxers or pain medication prior to sessions. In doing so, you will experience reduced sensation to bodily receptors.
Pilates Apparatus vs. Mat Work What’s the difference?
In mat work your body provides the resistance and assistance for exercises, your body weight and gravity are the major factors. Where any Pilates apparatus work offers support along with spring resistance and a variety on the exercise variation.