A Typical Stretch Therapy Session...
After a brief intake and a "body read", the stretching begins and takes place on a heated massage table. Clients typically wear loose-fitting or athletic clothing. Comfortable straps will be utilized during the stretching to help stabilize the limb or part of the body that is not being stretched. The purpose behind the stabilizing straps is to facilitate the complete relaxation and to enhance the effectiveness of the stretches. Many people relax deeply during a session and it is not uncommon for people to drift in and out of sleep. The patient and therapist work together to contract and relax the muscles and to syncronize one's breathing with the stretches. Extremely gentle movements may be used if you are in pain or they may be more vigorous if you are training for an athletic activity. In any case, the session is created around your needs so specific goals are addressed. Movements unique to FST will strengthen, lengthen and comprehensively balance your entire body. The brain and body are re-educated when neurological receptors called mechanoreceptors are stimulated because the majority of them are located throughout fascial tissue, which is the primary target of FST. Other receptors called ‘interoreceptors’ are also located throughout fascia, even around all the organs and have direct connections to deep parts of the brain (e.g. insula) that, among other things, are related to your sense of self and wellbeing. That is why people feel so good after FST.
What is Fascial Stretch Therapy?
Fascial Stretch Therapy™ (FST™) is a complete and complementary system of table-based, assisted-stretching techniques that employ the principals of modified PNF, capsular traction, and relaxed breathing. Theses principals encourage a parasympathetic state which allows the muscle and fascial tissues to release without pain. FST is ‘assisted-stretching’ meaning the therapist does a majority of the so called work as the client is reclined on a massage table, fully dressed in comfortable work-out attire. This format enables proper isolation of targeted muscles, provides incremental traction and stretch resistance, and effectively prompts cues for breathing. All of which helps the client maintain a relaxed state for optimized flexibility.
Fascia is the connective tissue that is the most influential structure in your body affecting one's flexibility. Unlike deep tissue massage, this system is completely pain free, longer lasting and leaves the individual loose and ready to resume their training or activities of daily life immediately. Flexibility gains of up to 25% can be achieved in as little as 3 sessions. A typical session last for close to an hour and focuses on either the upper or lower body.
The following points are what make FST different than many other techniques:
Long lasting to permanent outcomes
Many clients who have experienced other therapies and training report never feeling as good as after getting an FST session.