Fascia is a fibrous connective tissue found throughout the body. It surrounds each muscle fiber, groups of muscles, organs, nerves, bones and the brain. It is a human-shaped net that our bodies are contained within.
Made up primarily of collagen and water, it is arranged in two layers which, when we move, slide back and forth against each other. Healthy fascia has the ability to slide and shift up to 75 % of its total length. Restricted fascia will impair movement, cause pain and dysfunction.
Movement is essential to maintaining healthy fascia.
Due to habitual movement patterns, previous injury or any physical imbalance, areas of the fascia may become restricted and limit the free movement of the muscles, joints and nerves. Because it is such a continuous network throughout the body, impairment of the fascia in one area of the body, may have far reaching effects. A leader in fascial research, Tom Meyers, shows how we have linear and spiral lines of connected fascia that cross many muscle groups. To improve performance and eliminate pain, we must address the entire fascial line as well as the muscles and joints that are found in that line.
Fascial Stretch Therapy aims to restore the full potential of the fascia, to create space in the joints, maintain a healthy range of movement of the muscles and re-set the nervous system.
The therapist uses traction, oscillation, muscle activation and their own body's weight as leverage to take you into stretches you are not able to achieve on your own. It is pain-free, relaxing and you will leave feeling like you are floating! All who try it, LOVE it.
Here are some stretches you can do yourself at home to extend the benefits of your FST session.