Many of you have heard us use the term FST or Fascial Stretch Therapy. But, you might be wondering, “What exactly is FST, and why do I need it?” It all begins with that funny word Fascia. Fascia is the connective tissue system that surrounds just about everything in the body including your muscles, nerves and organs. Pain, emotions and even memories are stored in your fascia making FST good for the body, mind and soul. It is also where about 42% of your flexibility potential is. You may be wondering why your diligent home stretching routine hasn’t been providing the flexibility results you’ve been looking for? The answer is… you’ve been stretching the wrong tissue.
Lack of flexibility can result in severe pain, decreased weight loss, mobility, strength, balance and recovery. 47% of your flexibility is locked up in your joints which, mentioned before, is surrounded by fascia. You can think of fascia as the stringy white material that covers an orange under the peel. It holds the pieces of the orange together. Sometimes, if the orange has been sitting too long, that material gets thick and peeling the orange can be a pain. The same thing happens with your fascia. If left untouched, the tissue can get thick and inflexible creating adhesions and tight muscles. If the fascia itself is not manipulated, the joint will not be affected by your static muscle stretch. FST is a dynamic form of stretching, meaning there is constant movement, fanning and rotating of the tissue. It requires the client to be relaxed, allowing the therapist to take the muscle deeper into a stretch. When you try to stretch yourself you will never be able to relax enough or target specific areas optimally as compared to working with an FST practitioner. FST is pain-free and stretching should never hurt.
With FST pain will be reduced or eliminated, mobility will be dramatically improved, function will be mostly to fully restored and stress will be reduced or eliminated in as little as one to three sessions. FST increases weight loss, mobility, strength, balance, recovery, sleep and even sex. In addition, pain will be decreased dramatically. So if you’re tired of your static stretching routine not producing results, try a few sessions of FST and see for yourself how it can dramatically change your life.
Frederick, Ann, and Chris Frederick. Fascial Stretch Therapy. Handspring Publishing Limited, 2014.