FST AS THE GREAT INTEGRATOR
FST is amazingly versatile and complements and enhances other wellness modalities such as performance sports, personal training, physical therapy, physiatry, osteopathic medicine, chiropractics, massage, acupuncture, and other holistic practices.
WHO IS FST FOR?
FST is appropriate for all ages and levels of fitness. Our clients range from young children to the elderly. We work with professional athletes, the physically challenged, and those who are simply seeking restoration from life’s many stresses.We help those recovering from injuries or surgeries and facilitate prevention of future pain scenarios. FST is also great for special case scenarios such as PTSD, Parkinson's, MS, Fibromyalgia, RA, and others.
WHAT IS FASCIA?
Put simply, fascia is the connective tissue system that holds us all together and affects every cell of our being, from head to toe, bone to skin. Myofascia, specifically, runs through and around our muscles. Picture a sticky fishnet stocking that encompasses our entire bodies and lives under the skin.
Over time, adhesions can be created in the fascia from things like immobility, intense training, repetitive motions, poor posture, dehydration, inflammation, injuries, surgeries, and even emotional traumas. These adhesions and stored traumas can makes us feel tight, weak and achey, inhibiting our performance and our quality of life.
WHAT IS FST?
Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is a science-based assisted stretching modality that helps unwind and release stored traumas and adhesions. FST can help us to improve movement and sleep, speed up recovery, prevent injury, and decrease pain, stress, and anxiety, which helps provide an overall sense of wellbeing.
Gravity, stress, and the natural aging process all compress us. FST decompresses us at the joint level as we release and elongate along long chains of muscles otherwise known as the Fascial Nets of the body.
Lasting change can often be accomplished in a single session, though the most dramatic changes are established through layering on progress made from previous sessions.
QUALITIES OF YOUR FST SESSION
Fascial Stretch Therapy is gentle and relaxing. Each session is tailored to our clients' specific mobility and stability needs. Clients are evaluated before, within, and after a session through a combination of postural and movement assessments to assure that their individual goals are met.
FST sessions are then performed on a massage type table equipped with comfortable supportive straps that stabilize the side of the body not being worked on. Clients wear athletic/yoga type clothing with clean socks or bare feet.
Sessions resemble a fluidly choreographed dance between the therapist and client while focused breathing eases the client into a gradual series of gentle, but deep stretching movements. The typical experience is calming and pain free. In fact, many clients "zone out" while being stretched and wake up with what feels like a fresh mind and body. Clients often leave feeling looser, taller, and lighter… like they are “floating out the door”.
BENEFITS OF FST
Improve range of motion
Improve quality of sleep
Improve recovery from training, surgery, or injury
Improve physical and emotional wellbeing
Decrease stress and anxiety
Feel younger and more energetic