Fascial Stretch Therapy

Fascial Stretch Therapy Practitioners:

Marcus McDonough | Susanna Dingman

FST, simply put, is facilitated stretching. But look closer and there is A LOT more happening than getting a good hamstring stretch. 

FST methods have been refined since its conception in the early 90’s. Ann and Chris Frederick have implanted physical therapy, myofascial release, kinesiology and neural manipulations into what they teach now at The Stretch To Win Institute located in Tempe Arizona.

Through our everyday habits our bodies take shape to the demands we place on it. Our spine and joints get compressed and twisted with gravity and hard work (sedentary too). Fascia builds up to support poor posture and/or not so great body mechanics. Muscles begin to adhere to one another due to poor hydration, overuse or underuse.

When we work with individuals, clients are treated either standing, sitting or lying on a table. The goal of the practitioner is to guide the clients’ joints, muscle, and fascial nets into PAIN FREE ranges of movement. By utilizing traction of greater or lesser degree we focus on opening and decompressing this thick, usually glued, tissue while stretching the fascial nets or lines it connects to. By following the natural arcs of the joints we listen for restriction and then smooth them out with repetition, spiraling rotations, oscillations, circumduction and client resistance (PNF) all while synching the breath with the movements as to down regulate ones nervous system.  Think of Jimi Hendrix lyrics “And so castles made of sand, melts into the sea, eventually.”

But I do Yoga and stretch on my own. GREAT! Keep doing that. And allow yourself the experience of being moved, biomechanically, by a trained professional. Even though you may be able to get your forehead to your shins, the body is VERY smart at getting there in the path of least resistance. This may be beneficial in short term. But the more we ‘short cut’ our ROM, the more likely other areas of the body will have to accommodate this and then imbalance is created.

Who would have thought being stretched and moved would be so…detailed?! It’s not just about being flexible, it’s about being adaptable. Having a flexibility reserve, all of our fascial nets turned on and a deeper sense of body awareness helps keep our bodies moving fluidly and decreases our chances of injury, strain, pain and dysfunction.

Benefits of Fascial Stretch Therapy

Release chemicals known as endorphins that act as natural pain suppressants.

Optimize the learning, practice and performance of many types of skilled movements.

Promote development of body awareness.

Increase balance and symmetry of the body.

Reduce the risk of injury, especially sprains and strains.

Reduce or eliminate back problems and pain.

Reduce muscle soreness.

Reduce muscular tension.

Improve posture & muscle function allowing you to move your body more freely.

Less Muscle Pain allows you to finally enjoy a life of quality!