You’ve heard of yoga and massage therapy, but are you familiar with the groundbreaking stretching system that works your entire body, inside and out?
Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is a type of stretching system that targets not just the muscles, but the fascia — the connective tissue that surrounds muscles, joints, and bones. It also targets the entire joint and joint capsule, using traction to clear away restrictions from movement and to stimulate lubrication by gently moving and pulling the legs, arms, spine, and neck in a soft motion through varying planes of movement. The gentle movement is stimulating and relaxing at the same time.
The stretch exercise is gaining popularity all over the world, and if you’re in Toronto, Ontario stop by stretch therapy by Sarah Mariano and her team of certified Fascial therapists to achieve flexibility, mobility, performance, and pain relief.
They have treated the likes of actor Will Smith, Grammy-Award winning artists, NBA athletes such as Serge Ibaka, Grant Hill, Steve Smith, celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, WBFF Pro Fitness Model Hattie Boydle, and many professionals in the NBA, NFL, CFL, PGA, MLB, MLS, and OHL.
The FST team works with you to assess your body in order to create a baseline through standardized movement tests. As you lie comfortably on a table, the team stretches and coaches you through breathing and relaxation techniques that will relax your entire body and mind.
After identifying your body’s areas of opportunity, the team provides you with stability and strengthening exercises to try at home so you can maintain a pain-free body!
For anyone who has ever felt like they needed a little extra stretch from sitting too long at work or for pushing themselves a little too hard at practice — here is a list of some of the crucial health benefits of Fascial Stretch Therapy.
How Does It Work?
It works by addressing the part of the body called the fascia. Fascia is a network of layered connective tissue that surrounds your nerves, muscles, bones, organs, and joints; without your fascia, you would fall apart.
When a fascia is restricted it can cause:
- Decreased space in the joints, leading to degenerative joint diseases and osteoarthritis
- Increased nervous tissue tone, leading to trigger points, headaches, and muscle tightness
- Increased scar tissue formation
- Decreased blood flow and energy levels
Fascial Stretch Therapy is a pain-free, unique, complete system of table-based assisted stretching, focusing on the fascia and joint capsule as the key elements in achieving relaxation all over the body.
FST was developed in the 1990s by Ann Frederick and is now one of the most popular, quickest, effective, and most pleasant methods to eliminate pain, restore function, and to feel more like your best self.
You’ll find immediate results even after one session. Some of the benefits include:
- Reduced pain
- Reduced risk of injury
- An improvement in circulation
- Improved posture
- Healthier bones
- Better range of motion
Regular visits to a certified team of Fascial stretch therapists will boost your confidence in no time because your posture will be better than ever before, you’ll achieve optimal flexibility and mobility, and you’ll lose any stiffness you may have developed from years of sitting at a desk or standing on your feet for too long.
For a change of pace, try Fascial Stretch Therapy — you deserve to live life to the very fullest.