Explanation

What is Fascia

Fascia is the most extensive system in our body, comprised of fibrous connective tissue. To imagine what fascia looks like, picture a spider’s web but made up mostly of collagen with elastic properties and other fibrous proteins, that form very strong webs, sometimes referred to as nets. It is interesting to note that fascial nets run from our head to our toes as one continuous structure. It encompasses every muscle, bone, nerve, artery, vein and organ. When we over-train, this negatively impacts our fascial system. An overuse injury can cause inflammation and may develop into scar tissue. These changes to our fascia put huge amounts of pressure on numerous bodily structures that do not show up on standard medical tests like X-ray or MRI. As a result, people experiencing pain may not get diagnosed if they have a fascial problem. 

 

Normally, fascia should move and stretch without restriction. With physical and emotional trauma, inflammation and scarring, it loses its plasticity. It becomes constricted and causes tension and stiffness in our body. Aside from trauma, prolonged sedentary postures can create similar effects. Fascia will naturally become short and tight in some areas and lengthened and weak in other areas of our body. Tight and restricted areas may bring on symptoms of pain. Until the fascia is decompressed, it may affect our ability to remain mobile, flexible and pain-free.

What is Fascial Stretch Therapy™

As a Fascial Stretch Therapist, I perform a pain free, table based, manual therapy that will calm and relax you, increase your flexibility, mobility, as well as provide numerous benefits listed below. There are large straps on my table to allow me to work one side of your body at a time. I place one leg under the straps so that you are stable and I can work with one side of the body effectively, and this allows you to relax and enjoy the ride! 

 

Benefits:

  • gentle, painless

  • decompresses the nervous system (you may fall asleep)

  • improves posture

  • increased flexibility

  • increased mobility

  • improved stability 

  • increased strength

  • faster recovery post-workout

  • improved blood flow, less soreness

  • improved performance, run faster, lift heavier, boost endurance, improve coordination

  • injury rehab, stretching fascia breaks up the scar tissue and therefore increases ROM to injured areas

  • improves quality of sleep

  • improves digestion

  • rids body of toxins as the fascia is like a sponge and when being stretched it releases toxins

Think about this!

After having your jeans in the dryer for 30 minutes or more, you go to put them on. They are really tight and you have a hard time doing up the zipper. You wear them for about an hour or so and they begin to feel like you are wearing your sweatpants, this is how some describe feeling after getting off of the table after a Fascial Stretch Therapy™ (FST) session. 

It is not Myofascial Release Technique (MRT)! What is the difference between Myofascial Release Technique and FST? MRT is also a manual therapy which involves applying pressure into the connective tissue (fascia) to eliminate pain and restore motion. It can be quite painful as there must be pressure applied to the area of concern. MRT breaks up the fascia that is restricted but it does not work the full fascial nets like FST does. FST, gently tractions the joint so that we can get into the joint capsule to lubricate it and slowly and gently workout any adhesions and restrictions. Then continue to stretch the fascial nets with slow, gentle wave like motions as we listen closely to your tissue. Our fascia throughout our body is one continuous system, so when we stretch you, we are working on the whole system and not just one area. That allows us to deregulate your nervous system and bring you to a very relaxed state that is extremely complimentary to our everyday life stresses.

What is Personal Training

What is key is the 'personal' in personal training. Each and every client is their own unique being with different goals and needs. As an experienced trainer, we can discover where weaknesses lie in strength, mobility and movement and create customized plans to address these areas. Something that may be missing when training on your own is proper technique and form. Studies demonstrate that supervised exercise not only increases goal attainment but also increases safety.  Every trainer you meet will have their own special interests or focus. I am passionate about focusing on core strength and stability, as our core is the foundation of our body and critical in any movement we perform. 

Combining Strength & Stretch

After a wonderful and challenging workout what would be a better gift to give yourself than an FST session. This session will firstly, aid in your recovery and decrease the muscle soreness. Plus you will reap all of the above mentioned benefits of Fascial Stretch Therapy™. For many years I stretched my clients on a mat, post workout, but this therapy allows me to give you the gift of relaxation and stretching that is pain free and will allow you to feel incredible. 

 

Marcie Albert | Personal Trainer | Fascial Stretch Therapist | Exercise Physiologist | Ski Instructor

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