Fascial Stretch Therapy
Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is a dynamic, effective way to care for your body.
FST targets fascia, the most prevalent connective tissue in the body, and supports every aspect of movement — muscles, tendons, organs, ligaments, and nerves. By moving joints in tandem with their surrounding tissue, both the fascia and muscles relax at the same time. As a result, FST can increase flexibility, reduce aches and pains, and improve range of motion.
FST is incredibly gentle, and sessions should be pain free. It can aid in faster recovery from injury by improving blood flow to muscles, and for the same reason may result in improved athletic performance. Overall, FST is a practice that encourages stronger and more fluid daily movement for all clients.
FST is a one-on-one session between the therapist and the client. Sessions are performed on a massage table where the client remains relaxed and the therapist assists in stretching the client’s entire fascial system. Unlike the stretching that occurs in yoga and other dynamic stretching modalities, where certain muscles have to remain active in order to stretch opposing muscle groups, the stretch that occurs during an FST session is under a fully relaxed body, aiding in a deeper stretch and tuning in with the parasympathetic nervous system.
I have found FST to be a powerful rehabilitation and training technique which has improved my flexibility and strength, enhanced my athletic performance and eliminated back and hip pain, so common in golfers. As a physician, I know the success of therapy is highly dependent upon the skills and knowledge of the practitioner, which is why I entrust my care to Kelsey. She is professional, compassionate and extremely talented. Thanks Kelsey, for helping me perform my best in tournament golf!
- Wayne Bellows M.D.
Fascial Stretch Therapy FAQ's
How should I prepare for my FST session?
Please come as hydrated as possible. Consuming at least half of your weight in ounces of water per day is necessary to keep your joints lubricated. Drinking water or consuming water with electrolytes before a session will help enhance the results of the session.
What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable clothes, i.e, t-shirt and sweatpants or leggings. If you are coming from a workout please change into a fresh set of clothes. Our therapists should be able to move your legs and your arms without restriction.
Do you use lotions or oils?
No oils or lotions are used during the session.
What should I do after my sessions?
You can go about your normal day after a session, but we recommend drinking plenty of water to flush out toxins, similar to recommendations after a massage. Rest is also beneficial, but not necessary after an FST session.
Can I workout right before or right after my session?
You can workout before or after an FST session. Our recommendation is to work out first then stretch after.
Is FST painful?
Your stretch session should be pain free. There will be moments during the session where you will feel a deep stretch, but it should not be painful. Please notify your therapist if you are feeling any pain throughout the session.