From athletes to office workers, muscles can become tight and restricted. For some it’s a sedentary lifestyle, dehydration, and stress. For others it happens when intense exercise and repetitive stresses on the body slow muscles down.
No matter what the reason it can result in reduced range of motion and a stiff and rigid feeling that happens gradually enough that its progression goes unnoticed.
Enter fascial stretch therapy (FST). Glen Burgess, Stretch Therapist and Personal Trainer at Body Mechanix in Brampton, uses FST, an advanced stretching technique which targets not only muscles but the fascia: connective tissue throughout our bodies that surrounds muscles, joints and bones.
How FST Works
At a fascial stretch therapy session, a trained therapist gently pulls and moves the legs, arms, neck and spine in smooth movements within your personal range of motion. This table-based therapy works your body’s fascia.
“Although static and dynamic stretching both feel great, FST takes it to a another level. It’s remarkable what it can do. In just one session clients will see a 30% improvement in their range of motion and flexibility,” says Burgess.
There is no pain during an FST session, it’s a gentle and relaxing experience, that’s one of the reasons why it’s growing in popularity over the past four years.
Who Should Try FST
Anyone can benefit from it. Professional athletes, adults who have developed pain and stiffness from working long hours at a desk, people looking to increase their flexibility and even those looking for relief from lingering past injuries.
At Body Mechanix there are group classes focused on stretching and limbering up, as well as one-on-one stretch therapy sessions.
Benefits of FST
Fascial stretch therapy has a ton of benefits, which include (but are definitely not limited to) increased range of motion and flexibility, muscular balance and symmetry, reduced pain and risk of injury, improved posture and improved muscle function.
Ready to feel like a million bucks? Book a session today!