Boost your flexibility with Fascial Stretch Therapy
Do you ever crave that amazing, deep stretch you cannot quite get on your own no matter how much you stretch? Do you need to boost your flexibility in everyday life, for a sport or activity you love to do? Do you feel twisted and imbalanced all of the time and want relief? If you can relate, I’ve got the answer your body has been longing for.
It’s called Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) and it’s like no other form of stretching you have ever experienced. I’ve worked with hundreds of clients and the results have been phenomenal. I promise, FST really does work.
What is Fascial Stretch Therapy?
Abbreviated as FST, Fascial Stretch Therapy is a table assisted stretching system that normally incorporates thick, comfortable straps to isolate one lower limb at a time in order to receive optimal and specific stretching of the freed limb.
The main goal of Fascial Stretch Therapy is to help you create better motion at your joints (shoulders, hips, spine, etc.) so you can feel better and move better in whether for sport or your day-to-day life.
How is Fascial Stretch Therapy different from other stretching and how does it work?
FST not only involves your muscles, but also your fascia.
Fascial is a connective tissue that covers all of your body’s structures under your skin. Your bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles – everything! When your fascia gets very tight, it can restrict your range of motion. When your fascia gets stretched, it helps you gain optimal range of motion.
The FST therapist incorporates traction (pulling lightly on a limb – a leg, for example) and a very slight movement simultaneously. PNF Stretching (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitated stretching) is also used within this system and it helps the body to gain range of motion as well.
What can you expect during a FST treatment?
Simply put, you lay on a massage table and your FST therapist moves your arms, legs and torso in different directions. Some movements are small and some are larger. Most are circular.
During the session, one of your legs may also get strapped down (don’t worry, it’s comfortable). This helps your FST therapist isolate and target the area being worked on.
As a FST therapist, I can feel a lot going on within your body. However, you are the master of your domain and know yourself better than anyone, including your FST therapist. So it’s important to have open communication throughout the session about what feels good or where strains and pains may be.
After your FST session
I most often hear clients describe themselves as feeling ‘looser’ and being ‘able to move much more freely without pain’ after a FST session. I’ve even known a client to touch his toes for the first time in his life after just a few months of regular FST sessions!
One key to making your session as successful as can be is to drink extra water. Because FST works with Fascia on quite a deep level, the body is prone to quicker de-hydration. So drink up!
Can you benefit from Fascial Stretch Therapy?
Are you experiencing tight muscles? Do you need more flexibility in everyday life or for a sport or activity you do? Do you have aches and pains from sitting around too much or overusing your body in a specific way? Then Fascial Stretch Therapy can be a great technique for you. The best way to know is so give it a try. There is nothing to lose, but everything to gain. Set it free with FST!
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Author: Bethany Weir
Bethany is a Fascial Stretch Therapist (Level 3), Lifestretch Instructor and Personal Trainer. She prides herself on helping people through movement and exercise programming as well as body work. Treating pain and lack of flexibility are her specialty. Bethany is grateful to live her passion every day!