Frequently Asked Questions
What is Fascia?
Fascia is the connective tissue that basically holds our bodies together providing support for our body form/shape and ability to move as it is interwoven around our joints, ligaments, muscles, skin, blood vessels, nerves and bones. You could think of fascia as “packing material” that is between all of our tissues and organs! Fascia is impacted by overuse/overtraining and by the lack of use/training, as well as stress - both good and bad. If we have adhesions (think scar tissue or glueing the “packing material” together) it can greatly limit how our body moves and restrict elasticity and flexibility.
What is FST™ and what makes it different?
FST® is a unique blend of using traction, PNF patterns, contract / relax and breath to release tension. You are an active participant as your therapist guides you through optimal movement and positions that are designed to target connective tissue release. Please see video below for more information by the creators of FST™.
FST™ is different in that it is unconventional in concept, discipline, training and its application. The focus of FST™ is on the whole person and not just a single body part or utilizing typical ideas such as static stretching which can be painful and cause increase pain. Our fascia connects us from head to toe - meaning our entire body is connected and one part that is stressed, strained or injured can impact the the entire body and how it moves. FST™ can greatly reduce immediate pain, however, the long term goal of FST™ is to have long lasting impact on your posture, movement and mobility and functional goals which can take time so your body can perform as it was intended and designed to do. All this can be done in a soothing manner that actually aids the nervous system to rest - which promotes healing of body, mind and spirit.
What should I wear? Will I be exposed?
You will be clothed. Please wear modest, comfortable and loose fitting clothing that allows you to move freely. If you have long hair, please bring a clip or band to help keep hair out of the way.
What to expect on the first session and successive sessions.
You will fill out a general questionnaire about your overall health and we will have time to discuss why you are choosing stretch therapy. This is your time to ask questions and to allow yourself to get comfortable. Fascia covers our entire bodies, so you may be asked to participate with a gentle push or pull as your therapist guides you through the session. You can talk if you like or you can close your eyes and relax. If you need more or less stretch you can verbalize what is comfortable or not comfortable and your therapist will adjust accordingly. The idea is to create a space for you to relax. The room is designed to provide space for movement and to help you feel relaxed, quiet and comfortable.
What should I expect AFTER the stretch session?
Some feel immediate relaxation and some report feeling energized. After giving your body and fascia a chance to release tension, you may have general soreness the next 24 - 48 hours like you had a good workout. This is normal and no cause for alarm. Some report increased feeling of body awareness, mobility, less pain and increased energy and can last for several days.
Does FST™ have scientific research to support its claims?
YES! https://stretchtowin.com/page/FST_Research Try this link if it doesn't work copy and paste into your browser.