Fascial Stretch Therapy
Fascia, AKA The Organ of Form, is the most prevalent tissue in the body; it is one continuous sheath from head to toe. Supporting and encapsulating every cell, organ, muscle fiber, muscle, ligament, tendon and joint. The Fascial network is a matrix of wet, sticky connective fibers that host the circulatory system, nervous system, and lymphatic system. It groups muscles with similar functional patterns together, termed myofascial meridians. These eight meridians are the road maps within our body, if one of our roads is damaged the rest are soon to follow due to compensation patterns. The body’s structure is made as a compression and tension unit, where one side of the body is under compression and the other side is under tension. When areas of the body is stressed from holding compression or tension too long, the body will develop more layers of connective tissue to protect it from future stress. This fascial adhesion causes stiffness, joint compression, pain, axial deformation, nerve impingement, decrease in circulatory profusion, decrease in proprioception, decrease in range of motion and a decrease performance.
Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is an assisted stretch technique that is performed by a Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist with the client on a table or ground. A table based session uses comfortable straps to hold down the opposite side of the body to enhance the effectiveness of the stretch. Fascial Stretch Therapy is a comprehensive and logical flexibility system; it uses a modified proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) technique to trigger a relaxation response along with traction to decompress the joint capsule all while working along the myofascial meridians. Manual traction allows for maximal lengthening of all the fascial components from inside the joint capsule, ligaments, tendons and muscle tissue, this facilitates in greater gains in range of motion throughout the fascial network. Maximal lengthening allows the fascial webbing to break down layers of connective tissue, relieving the adhesions on or around nerves, within joint capsules, and trigger points within musculature. This technique increases the level of relaxation through joint and muscles receptors that share the same innervation source and that cross near or around the joint.
Benefits of Stretching
- Reduce the risk of injury, especially sprains and strains
- Reduce or eliminate back problems and pain
- Optimize the learning, practice, and performance of many types of skilled movements.
- Promote development of body awareness.
- Enhance one’s physical fitness
- Reduce muscular soreness
- Reduce muscular tension
- Increase balance and symmetry of the body
- Improve posture
- Promote physical and mental relaxation
- Increase self-discipline and self- knowledge
- Release chemicals, known as endorphins that act as neural suppressants
- Enhance sex
- Reduce pain associated with menstruation
- For every 10 years we age, we lose 10% of our range of motion
- Many factors affect flexibility such as: age, dehydration, adhesions, lack of elasticity of connective tissues in muscles or joints, muscle tension, gender, hormones, length of ligaments or joints, lack of coordination and strength in the case of active movement, inflammation, pain, fear, body mass, temperature, medication, training, vocation, postural, misalignments and much more.
- Tissues need to be warmed up, before they are stretched
- To achieve a maximal stretch, traction must be used, total elongation of a muscle by moving the origin as far away as possible from the insertion
- Flexibility does not exist as a physical characteristic, but it is joint specific and an action of the joint
- Real gains in flexibility will occur when you train for flexibility on a regular basis.
- Visualization is a powerful tool; to envision muscles lengthening and relaxing while self-stretching and being stretched is advantageous.
- The right kind of stretching for a specific activity must utilize the correct nervous system to be maximally effective.
- Sacromere’s are capable of increasing over 50% of their resting length.
- A combination of stretching techniques is necessary for optimal flexibility.
Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. He called his method “Contrology” and presented it as the art of controlled movements. Today Pilates is practiced worldwide. Pilates is a series of controlled movements practiced on apparatuses or on a mat. If practiced consistently improvement will occur in flexibility, strength, control, endurance, performance, and core development. The practice places emphasis on alignment, breathe, core strength, coordination, balance, whole body movement, centering, and control. Pilates is great for elongation, toning, digestion, circulation, mental and physical rejuvenation. Quality and precision are more important than quality in this practice.
Pilates is known for core strength, which is often called the “powerhouse,” it includes the muscles of the abdomen, back, hips, and buttocks and is the key to stability. The “powerhouse” ignites every movement, the exercises are sequential, require balance, and control. The practice is a mind-body workout, focusing on breathe, alignment and concentration of flowing movement.
“Above all learn how to breathe correctly” –JP
Joseph Pilates developed “Contrology” to develop the minds control of the body.
The practice is rarely called “Contrology” in the 21st century; the practice is called Pilates, termed after JP himself.
“Contrology beings with mind control over muscles.” -JP
Pilates is based on a philosophical foundation, taking decades for the development of the practice, JP continued to create new pieces of apparatuses through out his life. JP believed that our modern lifestyle, posture, and inefficient breathing were the roots of poor health. Pilates was inspired by the classical Greek ideal of a man is balanced equally in body, mind, and spirit.
“Physical Fitness is the first requisite of happiness” –JP
JP incorporated his practice during WW1; he insisted that everyone in his cellblock participated in his daily exercises routine. The injured soldiers that could not get out of bed were using bedsprings connected to the head and footboard to exercise; these were the forerunners of the apparatuses used today. During the great flu epidemic of 1918, not a single solider died under his care. After the WW1 JP emigrated to the United States, meeting his wife and life long teaching partner Clara, on the boat to New York City. Together they opened the first Contrology Studio on Eight Avenue at 56th Street in Manhattan, New York. He went on to write two books; Pilates: Return to Life through Contrology and Your Health. He continued to teach his method over the years with many beloved followers. Joseph Pilates died on October 9, 1967 in New York City at the age of 84. His students, now Masters, went on to open their own studio. Today Pilates is practice and loved worldwide.
Benefits of Pilates
- Improves flexibility
- Increases muscle strength and tone
- Improves breathing
- Improves posture
- Teaches control physically and mentally
- Promotes body awareness
- Reinforces strong, mobile joints
- Conditions the whole body
- Improves aerobic capacity
- Improves balance
Services and Prices
- FST session- $100; 60 minute
- Privet Pilates session-$75; 60 minutes
- Duet Pilates Session- $110($55 each); 60 minutes