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. FST 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. FST is the best way to gain flexibility & smooth the mechanics of our body.
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.
Fascia is the most prevalent tissue in the body. It supports and encapsulates 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.
After a FST session you will feel extremely relaxed and comfortable. We 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.
Soreness is dependent on multiple factors and is different from person to person. After a FST session, you can feel muscle soreness and joint stiffness up to 24-72 hours after session. As soreness dissipates, you will feel amazing and will be able to feel the improvement in your range of motion.
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.
It depends on many factors and is case specific. For someone who doesn’t have any body issues, we recommend a monthly or bi-monthly FST sessions to eliminate the adhesions that occurs due to our functional patterns (e.g. driving, work, sleep, walking, daily activity). For a complete flexibility makeover, we recommend 10 condensed stretches; 2 FST sessions per week for 2 weeks, then 1 FST session weekly for 4 weeks, and then once every two weeks.
FST 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.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the appointment to fill out some paperworks. It will be beneficial to stay hydrated, make sure you consume water before and afterwards. During a FST session, the therapist will read the body receptors to determine how far to go in ones range of motion. Do not take any muscle relaxers or pain medication prior to sessions due to the reduced sensation to bodily receptors.