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Stretch Moves is proud to offer Stretch Therapy

What is Stretch Therapy?

Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is pain-free, gentle stretching performed on a massage table that targets fascia, the connective tissue that stabilizes and separates muscles. The goal of FST is to increase range of motionimprove flexibility and balance, and reduce stiffness. The effects of FST can last longer than traditional massage because fascial stretching involves movement and release in areas that cannot be reached by traditional hand manipulation.

Fascia – the connective tissue beneath the skin that stabilizes and separates muscles – can become inflamed and stiff through overuse or injury. Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is a pain-free, gentle stretch performed on a massage table that targets the fascia and all of the connected muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and bones. The goal of FST is to increase your range of motion, flexibility, and balance, which helps you on and off the athletic field. The benefits of FST are not visible, but are immediately noticeable and long-lasting.

FST™ is appropriate for more than professional athletes – mothers who play with their children, weekend warriors, golfers, Crossfit athletes, and youth athletes can all benefit greatly from improved flexibility.

A initial FST™ flexibility assessment & session time typically lasts between 65-75 minutes, the follow up sessions are around 60 minutes however 90 minute sessions are available upon requests.

Jose was the first Level 3 provider in the Commonwealth, and earned his certification in 2010. 

Take a look at this short video of a typically session with us.

What can I expect from a Stretch Therapy session?

Your first appointment is a flexibility assessment and stretch. The assessment is pain-free and includes some bends and squats. “Before” pictures are taken for comparison.  Our coach will discuss the areas of your body you think need attention, and where he believes you have room for improvement. After your assessment, our coach will perform a FST™ stretch session lasting around 60 minutes. “After” pictures are then taken to show you the improvement made to your alignment and flexibility. Most clients notice immediate results such as improved posture, less stiffness, and ease of movement in previously tight joints. The effects of FST™ last far longer than traditional massage because fascial stretching involves movement and release in areas that cannot be reached by traditional hand manipulation. It goes deeper into joints than the usual muscle-deep relief of traditional massage therapy.

Follow-up stretch sessions last 60 minutes. 90 minute sessions are available upon request.

What is Fascia?

This spiderweb-like connective tissue is found throughout your body, in and around muscles, tendons, joints and organs, and on the majority of blood vessels and nerve endings. Fascia is the single most pervasive structure in the human body, as it literally holds everything together, yet is it the least understood by your doctor, therapist or trainer. The study of fascia is relatively new to the field of sports and rehabilitative medicine

DID YOU KNOW:

  • 47% of your flexibility is within your joint capsules.
  • 42% of your potential flexibility is in your Fascial system.
  • Assisted Stretching is more effective than traditional self-stretching.
  • Stretching can help increase your circulation, decompress stiff joints, and decrease soreness.
  • Stretching improves body alignment and posture, increases energy, and improves nerve, muscle and joint health.
  • The health and function of your joints and muscles are a direct result of the condition of your fascia.

How does it impact my performance?

Fascia is pliable and stretches and moves along with you. Unfortunately fascia can become distorted and twisted due to poor posture, repetitive movement patterns, over training, or trauma. When the fibers of the fascia thicken, shorten, and become taught,  they hinder the body’s ability to move efficiently. This causes you to fatigue quicker and develop habits that hurt your body, such as favoring one leg or shrugging your shoulders when carrying heavy loads. Such compensations effect your performance on the athletic field and in daily life. rsz_1img_1901

When our bodies do not move efficiently we become prone to injury or compensation patterns become routine. We create muscle imbalance and lose flexibility, joint mobility, and muscle power. Such decreased power outputs result in poor performance and the creation of bad habits. FST™ stretch therapy can straighten and strengthen your fascia and give you back the range of motion and flexibility you desire and require.