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Fascial Stretching Therapy

Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST)
Core Fitness Chicago is one of the largest providers of FST in the country with 6 certified practitioners and one of only a few Level 3 medical track certified therapists in the world.


FST– a unique, complete and complementary system of table–based, assisted stretching focuses on the fascia as the key element in achieving optimal flexibility, strength, performance and pain relief.


Ann and Chris Frederick, developers of the technique have built on research that examines the dynamic links between muscles, fascia and ligaments. The way FST incorporates these interactions is what makes it effective. Certified fascial stretch therapists use a variety of assessments to understand the way clients move before developing a treatment plan. With a therapist's assistance, a client can experience deeper levels of pain-free stretching than on their own.


What is a stretching session like?
Fascial Stretch Therapy or FST is an assisted form of table based stretching that remarkably improves flexibility by addressing fascia and muscle. During fascial stretching sessions, therapists move the body in undulating spiral diagonal patterns known as stretch waves. Breathing rates synchronize with stretch waves that vary from very slow to very fast depending on the desired therapeutic effect.


Therapists combine this stretch wave with traction to access the deepest level of fascia – the joint capsule. Clinical studies have shown that this form of stretching can increase flexibility by up to 52% in just one session.


FST before training:
Fast to very fast waves used during warm-ups either before an athletic event or before a training session to maximize strength, speed and range of motion. Athletes in fascial stretch programs have been found to recover more quickly between training sessions and improve active range of motion from 36 percent to 52 percent greater in athletes than other stretching methods.


Slower waves unwind the fascia to restore tissues to more efficient resting lengths by stretching tighter myofascial directions. When combined with deeper diaphragmatic breathing, slower waves achieve lasting changes in the connective tissues that increase flexibility.


Active Release Technique:
Active Release Technique or A.R.T. is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Conditions repetitive or over use syndromes including back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, etc can be improved with ART.


CoreFlex(ibility) – Co-ed
Finally, a non–yoga based class designed to improve flexibility and range–of–motion for all aspects of weight training and athletic performance. This 45–minute mat based co–ed group class leads you through the "why" and "how" to use traction to stretch the fascia and muscle and provide a remarkable change flexibility. Not all stretching is created equal – Aggressive or forced stretching can be painful and counter productive, CoreFlex instructs proper breathing and stretch wave technique followed by a combination of traction techniques with the use of partner work, straps, bands and barre's to unlock layers of tissue and decompressing your joints enabling you to run faster, squat deeper and repair faster. This class is a fantastic compliment to ANY strength and conditioning program. Come try it today.