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Fascial Stretch Therapy: A World-Class Technique

Fascial Stretch Therapy: A World-Class Technique 1

Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is a coordinated flow of movements that stretch not only tight muscles but also the fascia, or connective tissue, that surrounds muscles, bones, and joints. Traction is carefully used to ease restrictions, enhance mobility, and lubricate the joints.

All planes of movement are utilized during a session with careful attention to stay within a safe and pain-free range of movement according to each client’s unique needs. Imbalances are identified and addressed using slow movements to warm-up the body, and then move on to a modified proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) technique combined with breath work.

Overall, a full body stretch is achieved according to a logical, synchronized set of movements that can result in increased range of motion, improved flexibility, and an overall sense of well-being.

Who Can Benefit from FST?

Anyone looking to increase their range of motion, achieve better muscular symmetry and performance (both for sport and life), reduce acute or chronic pain, prevent injury, improve posture and circulation, open up space in compressed or impinged joints, and enhance energy can benefit from regular fascial stretch therapy.


What is Neuromuscular Therapy?

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Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) is a precise and thorough examination and treatment of the body’s soft tissues using specific, step-by-step protocols to produce relief of various conditions a client may ask the therapists to help alleviate. These manually delivered techniques are designed around evidence-based clinical research and are extremely effective in producing desired outcomes in a relatively short time frame.

Who can benefit from NMT?

NMT is extremely effective for clients who come to the center with chronic pain and is often very successful in reducing or eliminating the condition causing the discomfort, even if the condition is longstanding. NMT can also be beneficial for acute injuries, post-surgical care, to improve performance in sport or dance, and to prevent injuries due to these activities.

NMT can be used to help resolve:

  • Ischemia – obstructed blood flow to tissues
  • Myofascial trigger points – overly sensitive areas within muscles that can refer discomfort or pain throughout the body
  • Neural entrapment – pressure on specific nerves by muscles and other soft tissues
  • Nerve compression – pressure on nerves by cartilage or discs

Learn About Myofascial Release and the John Barnes Method

myofascial release

Myofascial release involves a steady, gentle pressure on a restricted area of connective tissue to encourage elongation of the connective tissue, or fascia, that binds bands of muscle together. These areas become bound together and inhibit proper movement of muscles and joints. Various reasons are possible for this state including inflammation, trauma from sports, and or surgery.

Fascia is easily understood by imaging an interconnected web of fibers bound together in one continuous pattern. Much like a sweater, these fibers weave throughout the entire body linking the body from head to toe and back again. Healthy fascia moves without restriction, but when presented with emotional or physical trauma the resultant effect can be as simple as tightening that travels throughout the body to scarring, and can inhibit its ability to stretch and move easily leading to pain and dysfunction.

Often a myofascial therapist will integrate into a myofascial session a posture and or gait assessment and suggestions as to how to increase flexibility and strength. Each session is hands-on and does not use lotion or creams. The absence of lotions allows fascial restrictions to be more easily identified and released with the appropriate amount of pressure over time.

This extremely effective technique was developed by the physical therapist John F. Barnes in the 1960s and has been taught extensively since then to over 100,000 health care providers.

Who can benefit from myofascial release?

Many conditions can be addressed with this technique performed from a highly skilled practitioner. Some of them include:

  • Back pain – bulging disc, cervical or lumbar injuries
  • Bladder problems – incontinence, leakage
  • Bursitis or inflammation around the bursa sac near a joint
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, shin splints
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Nerve entrapment
  • Scars
  • Sciatica
  • TMJ
  • Whiplash

Benefits of Sports Massage


Sports massage uses a combination of techniques to achieve the best possible results. Soft tissue work, hydrotherapy, and fascial stretch therapy are some examples of types of sports massage.

Each session calls for an assessment of when to use this type of massage, what technique or techniques are appropriate and being very clear on the reason for the session according to the client’s needs. In the hands of a skilled practitioner, all kinds of things are possible.


  • pre or post-event
  • maintenance
  • recovery periods
  • or for athletic rehabilitation.

Fascial Stretch Therapy™ is the premier, most medically-researched assistive stretching technique available today – created by Ann and Chris Frederick right here in Phoenix, Arizona, FST as it is commonly known, has gained global popularity and is a fixture in many top-flight professional sports leagues. To find out more about FST, visit

Optimal techniques are applied which range from long, slow circulation-promoting strokes to friction, compression, and stretching to name a few.


  • increased blood flow to aid in flushing toxins
  • shortened recovery time
  • improved range of motion
  • greater flexibility


This type of massage is not limited to professional or semi-professional athletes, even though everyone from prima ballerinas to NFL linemen use sports massage to help them achieve success. Anyone who is active on a regular basis can benefit from these sessions.  If you are just starting up again or trying a new type of activity, sports massage is perfect to help the transition.  Working with a highly qualified massage professional can make things go smoother. They can remove limitations such as myofascial restrictions, knots or trigger points, or chronic skeletal pain.

Sports massage is for any active individual looking to achieve optimal performance be it on the golf course, in the gym, on the track or in the swimming pool.


Right now, we are recommending a Sports & Movement Program with one of our top movement and athletics specialists. Tailor-made one-hour sessions where our therapists review your posture and gait, analyze your athletic objectives, and use a combination of fascial stretch therapy, myofascial release & other sports modalities to help you optimize performance and decrease strain.

This will help you get closer to achieving those objectives with less pain and wear-and-tear along the way.


Benefits of Sports Massage 2Stephanie Buettner, LMT NASM – 25 years’ experience

Stephanie has over 25 years’ experience as a specialist for ultra-distance runners and triathletes. In addition to her extensive years as a running coach and movement specialist, Stephanie uses the John Barnes Method of myofascial release.

If you’ve heard about myofascial release, then you know it works wonders for athletes and those looking to get back into sports and working out extensively. The John Barnes Method is internationally recognized as the top certification for medical and sports massage utilizing myofascial release.

With Stephanie, you’ll soon understand how the entire web of your muscles is inter-connected and together you’ll unravel the puzzle … and take a big leap closer to success!


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What Is Integrative And Functional Nutrition?

What is integrative and functional nutrition?

Integrative and functional nutrition takes a comprehensive assessment of your dietary habits, lifestyle practices, and environmental influences to create a customized, comprehensive plan for optimal living.  This type of care is client-centered, relationship based, individualized, dynamic and unique to your individual needs.

This model of care is evidence based and uses specific functional labs to investigate areas of concern including thyroid status, immune function, vitamin and mineral adequacies, and gut function.  Dietary recommendations are made with realistic meal plans that address the uncovered deficiencies, support various organ functions, and seal and heal the gut.  Pharmaceutical grade supplements may be used to boost levels of especially low nutrients such as Vitamin D3 and Magnesium.

Who can benefit from integrative and functional nutrition?

Anyone wishing to investigate unresolved issues that a traditional approach has not been able to improve on may find that any one of the following conditions can be addressed with this approach:

o   GI disorders such as IBS, Crohns, and Ulcerative Colitis

o   Stubborn weight loss

o   Hormonal imbalances – such as over or underactive thyroid, low testosterone and estrogen imbalances

o   Low energy

o   Mood swings

o   Skin issues including: rosacea, psoriasis, acne, dry and cracked skin

o   Blood glucose dysregulation such as diabetes and hypoglycemia

o   Elevated cholesterol or triglycerides

o   Detoxification issues

o   Adrenal fatigue