I am now offering on-call Fascial Stretch Therapy in your home or office. Email me to set up an appointment.
What is Fascial Stretch Therapy?
Fascial Stretch Therapy (or FST), is a type of stretching that targets not only the muscles, but the fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds muscles, bones, and joints. FST also targets the entire joint and joint capsule, using traction to remove restrictions from movement and to stimulate lubrication. A therapist will gently pull and move the arms, legs, spine, and neck in a smooth motion through varying planes of movement. There is no pain, not even discomfort. Instead, the gentle movement is stimulating and relaxing at the same time.
The problem with many standard stretching programs is, well, they are standard. An athlete will finish her workout, run through her “usual” stretches, maybe paying extra attention to tight hips, sometimes pushing through some pain to get that final stretch. Sadly, this type of stretching is not effective and may even be causing more tightness and inflexibility. When you cause pain with stretching, your muscles respond to protect themselves, tightening up in a rebound type effect.
By contrast, a Fascial Stretch Therapist will evaluate their client, looking for imbalances, as well as the source of those imbalances. Then using breath to help with movement, the therapist will first warm up the joints and muscles with undulating stretching to maximize blood flow. Then using techniques of slow undulating movement (known as the StretchWave™), as well as traction (gently pulling to create space in the joint) and modified PNF ( proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation), synchronized with the breath, the therapist will stretch the entire body, following a logical anatomical order, to lengthen muscle, increase range of motion, and improve flexibility.
How Fascial Stretch Therapy Can Make You a Better Runner, Cyclist or Triathlete
Fascial Stretch Therapy increases functional flexibility. While static stretching can cause some gains in linear flexibility, FST uses multiple angles along the muscles-fascia lines, which translates to better overall, more functional, flexiblity.
Fascial Stretch Therapy enhances recovery. FST can reduce muscle-fascia adhesions, relieve muscle soreness and flush the lymphatic system. It also increases blood flow which helps speed up recovery time. Athletes in fascial stretch programs have been found to recover more quickly between training sessions and improve active range of motion compared to other stretching methods.
Fascial Stretch Therapy can help restore balance and symmetry. The FST therapist evaluates your condition, then creates a program that will restore balance and symmetry to your body. FST has been known to correct leg-length discrepancies through decompression of the joint capsule in the hip.
Fascial Stretch Therapy can increase your speed and quickness. Healthy fascia is fast and reactive and supports the need to move quickly. Improving range of motion and elasticity can maintain stride length and you will be better able to absorb impact.
Fascial Stretch Therapy can reduce the risk of injury. Lack of mobility can lead to compensations and increased risk of strains. Because FST focuses on the connective tissue, it can reduce these risks.
Fascial Stretch Therapy is designed for your specific needs. Unlike regular static stretching, an FST therapist treats both sides of your body differently, based on her assessment of your needs.
Fascial Stretch Therapy is calming, soothing, and pain free. Running is a high-impact endeavor, and many of the treatments for running related issues can be painful. FST calms the nervous system, relaxes the body, and is pain free, all the while producing incredible results.
Fascial Stretch Therapy can address specific running issues and injuries. While not a medical therapy program, your FST therapist can work with physical therapists to help resolve common running issues, including plantar fasciitis, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, and other gait-related injuries.
About Your Therapist
I am a level two Fascial Stretch Therapist. My information comes from my experience as a therapist, a client, as well as from the Stretch to Win website, and the book, Stretch to Win, which is written by Ann Frederick and Christopher Frederick, the developers of Fascial Stretch Therapy.
Services and Rates
First session (includes 1-hour FST stretch session plus evaluation and assessment): $125
1-hour session (will target your specific needs): $100
90-minute session (total body stretch, with emphasis on your specific needs): $125
All rates include travel within the Palm Springs/Indio area.