Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST)
FST is a form of assisted stretch therapy on the table that can help increase your flexibility, reduce aches and pains, and improve athletic performance while making your workouts more effective. FST is very different than what we think of as traditional stretching or bodywork, in that it is more functional and dynamic. Unlike traditional stretching or bodywork that only attempts work on muscles, FST engages the entire myofascial system by targeting muscles as well as their neighboring joints, ligaments, tendons, and bones.
Fascia, the spider web like connective tissue found in, around, and between the joints, muscles, and ligaments is the most prevalent tissue in the body. The health and function of your muscles, joints, arteries, veins, brain, and spinal cord are all a direct result of the condition of your fascia. FST helps to “unwind” fascia, which is full of nerves, reducing pressure between joints and the pain associated with it, while releasing joint-lubricating synovial fluid that improves the flexibility of muscles.
- Clinic studies have shown FST can increase flexibility by up to 52% in just one session.
- Athletes in a FST program have been found to recover more quickly between training sessions and gain an improved active range of motion than with other stretching methods.
- FST helps with proper body alignment and posture, increases circulation and energy, and improves muscle, nerve, and joint function.
- FST is a crucial form of body therapy, as there is no supplement or medication that helps improve the state of fascia in the body and exercise alone does not optimally balance, align, or improve fascia.
Fascial Stretch Therapy Expertise
Lindsay was trained by the founders of the Stretch to Win institute. These industry leading professionals have served as stretch coaches for three Super Bowls and three Olympic Games. A few of the athletes that they have provided FST services to include: Donovan McNabb, Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles; Sanya Richards, 2004, 2008, 2012 Olympic 4 x 400-meter relay gold medalist and 2012 400 meter gold medal; and Mike Tyson, former undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion.
What to Expect:
During a FST session, a certified therapist moves the body in undulating spiral diagonal patterns known as stretch waves, paired with traction to access the joint capsule, the deepest level of fascia. Breathing is synchronized with stretch waves for greater efficiency and an additional therapeutic effect. This pain-free therapy allows your body to relax and receive greater benefits versus traditional bodywork, like deep tissue or Rolfing, that is often painful and where the body can become guarded.
Fascial Stretch Therapy is a pain-free, relaxing, and easy and convenient form of bodywork. Clients stay fully-clothed and remain passive as the therapist performs the assisted stretches. There is no use of massage oils or creams. Clients will leave a session feeling renewed and relaxed.
Please contact Lindsay@sudellfit.com or (570) 575- 7218 to make an appointment