Fascial Stretch Therapy
  ​  Set Your Body Free
Stretch to Win – Fascial Stretch Therapy® (STW-FST®) is an assisted stretching program that his been thoroughly researched and designed by some of the top professionals in the industry. ​Unlike massage or other stretching techniques, FST starts at the joint capsule and focuses on planes of tissue and lines of muscles and  fascia, not just individual muscles. 

It is performed on a treatment table, using stabilization straps to hold limbs in place, giving the therapist better control and leverage when performing the stretches. During a session, the body will be moved and stretched in ways that a person can not do on their own, with areas targeted for release that have likely never been felt before, or even realized how tight they are. FST works deep into the joint capsules of the body (almost 50% of flexibility is locked up in the joints), areas a therapist can’t reach with their hands, or with other methods of manual therapy.
     
Traction is a major component of the treatment. The therapist will apply gentle traction to the joint being targeted, opening up the joint and creating space for increased range of motion before taking the limb through the movement pattern, paying attention to the fascia restrictions that may need to be addressed.
       
It is pretty pain-free for the client, although some areas can be intense or uncomfortable if it is really restricted. The therapist will work slow through these areas and stay within your comfort zone.
       
The most common benefits experienced are:
Ann and Chris Frederick, the founders of Stretch to Win – Fascial Stretch Therapy® (STW-FST®), give a great overview and explanation of FST in the video above.
  • reducing and helping prevent the risk of injury​​
  • improving posture and muscle function, which allows your body to move more freely;
  • improving/increasing circulation
  • improving flexibility and range of motion
  • reducing or eliminating pain and soreness
  • promoting development of body awareness
  • increasing balance and symmetry in the body
  • improving recovery and sleep.
 Who Benefits from FST?
  • Professional Athletes
  • Weekend Warriors
  • People with tight hips, shoulders, or necks
  • People who spend much of their day sitting (such as at the computer)
  • People with low back pain

 "Taylor is a miracle worker! I have struggled with my Achilles' tendon for years. One session with her helped get my Achilles back on track. I no longer feel the pain and discomfort after playing basketball. Taylor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her clients. She is committed to helping athletes overcome their own struggles through her innovative approach." - Ken Wiele

 What is Fascia?
Fascia is the most prevalent tissue in the body that spans from head to toe like a giant net. It surrounds every cell, organ, muscle fiber, muscle, ligament, tendon, and joint, as well as encompassing the lymphatic system, nervous system, and circulatory system.

The fascial network groups muscles with similar function patterns together, called myofascial meridians. The eight meridians are the road maps within our body; if one of our roads is damaged the rest are soon to follow and develop compensation patterns.

The main function of fascia is to withstand tension and compression. That’s how your body can form to the pressure of a hard chair or melt into a soft mattress. When areas of the body are stressed from holding compression for too long, the body will develop more layers of connective tissue (usually in the form of collagen, a.k.a. scar tissue) to protect it from future stress. These fascial adhesions cause stiffness, joint compression, pain, axial deformation, nerve impingement, decrease in circulatory profusion, decrease in proprioception (balance), decrease in range of motion, and decrease in performance.