Fascial Stretch Therapy Is Now Offered At ALPHA!
Fascial stretch therapy
Fascial stretch therapy improves mobility of your nerves & flexibility of your muscles and fascia. By focusing on the fascial lines that connect through and wrap around muscle, nerves organs, and just about everything else in your body.
People of all ages can benefit from fascial stretch therapy. Any patient cleared by their physician for stretching and active movement, fitness enthusiasts, and athletes of all levels.
Why stretch fascia vs. muscle?
Fascia surrounds each muscle, and connects them to each other both superficially and deep. It also connects tendons, ligaments, and bone to form a body wide, functional network. Fascia connects to all of your organs and systems too. By integrating a global perspective on stretching these fascial connections, we can reap twice the benefits as static stretching isolated muscle groups.
FST is completely different than yoga, and Pilates. It is completely compatible with other methods of therapy and training.
Is it science based?
The first research into the effects of FST commenced in 1997 with founder Ann Frederick’s thesis, found at www.stretchtowin.com. Current research on the effects of FST on chronic low back pain is being conducted with a team at the University of Arizona Medical School in Phoenix. FST is also based on the extensive science resources found at www.fasciaresearchsociety.org
What can I expect from My FST session?
Upon your first treatment, your fascial stretch therapist will ask specific questions, and assess the body based on any complaints, or questions you may have. Each session is catered to the clients needs. All treatments are done on the table with two straps. The straps are there to hold the one leg in place, while the opposing one gets moved around.. This assures a true stretch is occurring. For each stretch session, the client is expected to wear stretchy pants, or shorts, and a tank top or t-shirt. Short shorts are not recommended.
Mobility is often improved after the first treatment. The therapist will give you exercises to help maintain this after your first visit. More than one session is normally recommended. Each treatment plan varies with individual needs. Many report a decrease in stress, improved sleep, and significant decrease in pain in sometimes as little as three treatments.
Is it painful?
Fascial stretch therapy is NOT painful. It is a gentle modality meant to help the client to relax and stretch out. If there is any pain, or pinching, the client must tell the therapist. FST is preformed by a registered massage therapist, and can be claimed under private health care insurance.
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