What is Fascial Stretch Therapy?
Fascial Stretch Therapy™ (FST) is a proven system of pain-free, assisted stretching that will rapidly improve your mobility, strength and flexibility. Fascial Stretch Therapy™ reduces passive muscle tension to restore movement and reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s and other conditions or general fitness training (working out).
Each assisted stretching session reduces stress, relieves tension and rebalances your body so that you move more easily and with less pain. You are guaranteed to move lightly and feel great!
Fascial Stretch Therapy™ has enabled many people to return to the activities they enjoy like golfing, gardening, cycling and downhill skiing. It helps people stay active, reduce injuries and manage chronic pain as they age.
FST is an evolutionary method of improving sport performance and ease of movement by training the nervous system and improving flexibility. It was developed and is taught by Ann and Chris Frederick of Stretch to Win®.
It used by Olympic and high performance athletes, including FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup Soccer champions USA as well as everyday people wanting to move more freely.
" Flexibility is optimal adaptability. Flexibility is a perpetual state of readiness and rapid ability of a person to recruit the necessary amount of physical, mental and emotional strength, speed, agility, stability, balance and mobility to meet a sudden or sustained demand then rapidly and completely recover when that demand is removed.” Chris Frederick, Co-Developer of Fascial Stretch Therapy
Hear What a Client Says About the Benefits of Fascial Stretch Therapy
Alfred Ball has been a Level 2 Fascial Stretch Therapist for over 10 years and a Practicing Kinesiologist since 1999. In 2007, he found FST when he was seeking a method to quickly improve his clients' flexibility and freedom to move.
He travelled to Arizona to take courses from Ann and Chris to become the first health care professional to provide Fascial Stretch Therapy™ in North Vancouver.
His clients have included Team Canada Rugby and St. FX rugby player Beth McNeil as well as 2014 Olympic figure skater Liam Firus.
|After recent abdominal surgery, I resumed fascial stretch therapy once I was mobile. Over the past 3 months, FST has helped me to regain the mobility in my hips and core, enabling me to start rebuilding some core strength. I’ve found fascial stretch therapy to be a fantastic method to help my muscles, tendons and ligaments to start working properly again.|
|Claire , Masters Cyclist and Runner|
What is Fascia?
Fascia is your connective tissue — which is the most influential structure in your body affecting your flexibility. Fascia covers your joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones. Age, trauma, injuries, poor posture and inadequate training can distort, twist and tighten the fascia. This can cause pain and discomfort in joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and discs.
Changes to the fascia can cause major and minor imbalances in strength, speed, flexibility, balance and agility to name a few, but usually the cause goes undetected because most professionals do not stretch and align the fascia.