Fascial stretch therapy can help with a lot of things, but first I should answer this question: What is fascia? Fascia is connective tissue that runs throughout your body. Have a look at the picture above. If it is healthy, it should look like a wet spider web. This web of connective tissue is found throughout the body but, we’re going to focus on the tissue that surrounds the muscles and lays under the skin. Research has found that this connective tissue wraps around the muscles kind of like a tube sock. If this tissue is “tight”, then it can contribute to:
- reduced range of motion
- flexibility issues
- pain at the joints and in the muscles
- reduced muscle strength
Fascia is like a spider web that lies under the skin and over the muscles. It also wraps around each muscle fibre and holds your organs in place. Nerves and blood vessels run through the fascia as well.
What is Fascial Stretch Therapy? (FST)
FST is a type of assisted stretching. Instead of stretching the muscles, we work on stretching the tissue surrounding the muscle. Kind of like loosening up that tube sock! The client is fully dressed and lies on a massage table. As an FST Specialist, I can assess what areas are tight and then apply some different Fascial Stretches to help loosen the tight areas.
Some of the benefits you might experience are:
- improved flexibility
- reduced muscle pain
- reduced joint pain
- increased circulation
- releases endorphins which provide natural pain relief
- improved athletic performance due to increased range of motion
- a great night’s sleep
- helps with recovery from hip & knee replacements
- excellent to help gain range of motion from frozen shoulder, rotator cuff issues and more
What are people saying about Fascial Stretch?
October 28, 2019 – “If anyone is feeling fascia pain, or muscle pain, neck, back, legs, etc., I urge you to call Kathy McAlpine Terpstra. 2 months ago I could not walk without the help of a walker, or cane, I’m walking on my own now. My pain is subsiding, it’s a miracle, thanks to Kathy. Give her a try, you will be amazed!” Mark R
October 24, 2019 – “One of the best body workers who ever touched me! Show up n meet this magician!” Dr. Jay Vanden Heuval
March 13, 2019 – “Just wanted you to know that I have maintained the extra range of motion we had after the treatment and I can bring it down without pain (arm). The constant sharp chest pain is now gone.” CG
March 11, 2019 – “Hi Kathy, just a quick update. The last session was amazing. I had 4 days of no pain what so ever. I haven’t felt that good for a long time. Now here’s the but…Sunday night I could feel it slightly and Monday morning it was there sort of in the background. Did some of the work with the ball and some stretches that seem to help.” SF
“I love the explanation of how fascia works in the body. When the stretches were done, you can feel the tightness loosen. I get that the stretches have changed how my body moves so with the help of the exercises, it will be easier to move. Thank you again and I will see you on the 22nd” Anne
January 29, 2019 – “My shoulder already feels better!” GL
September 19, 2018 – “Treatment successful and efficient. Good experience!” TM
August 8, 2018 – “I have had a great response to fascial stretch therapy. Kathy is a very skilled practitioner”. KM
Your Fascial Stretch Appointment:
Initial assessment with FST session – 75 minutes $97.35 + HST = $110.
60 minute FST session (full body) $84.07 + HST = $95.
45 minute FST session (1/2 body plus a little more) $66.37 + HST = $75.
30 minute FST session (1/2 body) $48.67 + HST = $55.
If you have not been in to see me yet, you will need to book the “Initial Assessment with FST” so that we can go through a full health history to help me figure out what might be contributing to your tightness/pain. Please click the link below to book online! It’s super easy!
Click on the link above to schedule your FST appointment using our online booking system!