When you think about the idea of stretching your body, you probably think: back, hamstrings, or IT band. But there are many other body parts that benefit from a good stretch besides those tight muscles. One of the newest methods of targeted stretching focuses on something you may have never even heard of before: FASCIA
Fascia is fibrous connective tissue that wraps and supports muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, organs, nerves—pretty much everything. Fascia stretching provides you with a feeling of deep relaxation and rejuvenation that no other regular massage could ever do. A technique called fascial stretch therapy was developed at Stretch To Win Institute in Tempe, AZ, by Ann Frederick, the first "flexibility specialist" to work with athletes at the Olympics.
While many regular weekend warriors frequent tough workouts daily and weekly, this technique helps provide recovery while improving overall motion to the body.
It works by moving the joint along with the surrounding tissues to help the fascia and muscles relax at the same time. While lying on a basic massage table fitted with neoprene straps to help stabilize and support on side of the body while working on the other. Clients typically wear gym clothes to move freely and unrestricted.
- FST can release chemicals, known as endorphins that act as a natural pain suppressant.
- FST can optimize the learning, practice and performance of many types of skilled movements.
- FST can promote development of body awareness.
- FST can increase balance and symmetry of the body.
- FST can reduce the risk of injury, especially sprains and strains.
- FST can reduce or eliminate back problems and pain.
- FST can reduce muscular soreness
- FST can reduce muscular tension.
- FST can improve posture & muscle function allowing you to move your body more freely.
- Less Muscle Pain allows you to finally enjoy a life of quality
- Restoration of normal joint space is Anti-Aging at its best – youthful movement without Pain!
Fascial Stretch Therapy sessions can be from 30-60 minutes depending on what the client needs. When clients stand up they generally report a relaxed feeling and almost like floating. One session is beneficial, but is not enough to reap all the benefits and most clients transition to a maintenance phase, similar to monthly massages
The Fascia can be effected in many ways, overuse, dehydration, stress, injuries and surgeries just to name a few.
Contact me today to schedule your Fascial Stretch Therapy Session for your aches and pains and to improve your overall motion and mobility. Stretch Sessions are available for all ages because we are all made of fascia!