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Fascial Stretch Therapy
What is Fascial Stretch Therapy?
Ever try and twist your body into a position to try and get a good stretch? Love the way your body feels after a relaxing deep yoga class? Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is all of that in a practitioner assisted session. Similar to Thai massage, a Fascial Stretch Therapist holds and manipulates the client’s body into dynamic and passive stretches that cannot be achieved on their own. FST specifically targets and unwinds the different fascial nets that run through the body.
Exactly what is Fascia?
We are made up of more than just skin, muscle and bones. There is a network of connective tissue that integrates and wraps throughout the body that keeps us upright and aligned. It’s an encompassing, from head to toe, connecting deep internal organs to external skin. When certain areas are tight or weak, it causes a chain reaction that impacts others parts of the body.
Check out this link with some amazing info on how fascia connects all aspects of our health.
Fascial Stretch Therapy is not just a treatment but also a diagnostic method that can identify patterns and areas of dysfunction. By combining the use of breath, traction, and movement, FST effectively opens up all these restrictions. This is a form of movement therapy that can be beneficial for everyone at all levels of strength and mobility. From helping athletes enhance performance and improve recovery, to desk workers to ease that chronic built up tension.
What is Fascial Stretch Therapy Good For?
● Limited range of motion post injury or surgery
● Reduced flexibility and mobility from sports or weightlifting
● Nerve impingements (sciatica, thoracic outlet syndrome, etc)
● Movement and strength imbalances (squats, bench presses, etc)
● Low back, hip, upper neck pain and tension
● Chronic nagging aches and pains
What to expect during and after a Fascial Stretch Therapy Session
Stretches take place on a massage table with the client wearing stretchy/exercise clothes. There will be a lot of focus on deep abdominal breathing and allowing the body and joints to relax as the therapist slowly works your body into the different stretches. The stretch should be pain-free, but felt deeply and along those fascial trains. It’s not uncommon to feel what looks like a “hip stretch” in the mid/upper back. That’s the beauty of FST.
After a stretch session you can expect improved joint mobility, range of motion, decrease in pain and tension, improved recovery time and performance for sports and training. Realigning the fascia in the body also directly impacts our internal systems as well. By opening up the hips and the abdomen it can have a positive impact on digestion, bowel movements, menstruation regularity and cramping just to name a few. Improving chest and thoracic mobility improves our ability to breathe normally, allowing for deeper breaths.
Most of all FST is an amazing modality to down regulate the nervous system. Chronic prolonged stress (good or bad, psychological or mechanical), as we all know, has detrimental impacts on any living thing. By regulating the nervous system, we allows our bodies to rest and digest which is key to a good quality of life.
Axis Healthcare is proud to be one of the few clinics in Scarborough to offer Fascial Stretch Therapy!