What should I expect for my first session?
Fascial Stretch Therapy is a pain free, table based assisted stretching technique. Come prepared by wearing comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement and stretching.
When you arrive for your first session, you will fill out an intake form. From there, we will discuss what your answers, which might include injury history, soreness, medication you might be taking, history of surgery, etc.
Knowing this information will help me understand your body even more once you get on the table for treatment.
After this, we will go through different movement patterns to assess how your body moves and where you might be experiencing pain. From there, we will move to the table where you will lay down and we will begin your stretch.
Expect my hands to be on you during your session. I will communicate with you to see how you’re feeling. I will have you breathe with me through a lot of your session, and even add some active components from time to time.
After your session, I’ll have you get up and move around to see how your body is feeling. We will discuss treatment frequency and book accordingly. Meet your practitioner!
More FAQs answered below.
What makes Fascial Stretch Therapy so effective?
Many things! FST is unlike any other stretching modality.
It is pain free which literally creates space for the body to relax and stop protecting. This is the gateway into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is where healing takes place!
This also creates one of the most relaxing moments for some serious self care. On top of that, FST not only targets muscle tissue, but also targets the body’s connective tissue – aka: fascia. You may have heard the term, “everything is connected” and this is why!
Fascia covers your entire body; from the deepest layer of your skin, all the way down to your bones. It houses 80% of the body’s nerve endings which means, stretching your fascia is one of the most important systems of the body to pay attention to! And guess what?
Fascia is one of the most neglected systems in the body! Lastly, FST targets the joint capsule. This technique creates the most gentle approach to get you “unstuck” and back to moving and living better!
How does FST help?
Stretching is one of the most important things you can do for your body. We all know we have to stretch before physical activities, but we never get a really good deep stretch that the tissue of the body actually needs. With FST you get all of that. It is very important for dancers because it not only helps with flexibility but it helps and prevents future injuries. It also helps with hip flexors, sore tired feet, and back pain which could lead to tight hamstrings that could lead to tight glutes and so on.