Background on Fascial Stretch Therapy
Fascial Stretch Therapy treatment is based on Fascial chains (Anatomy Trains). This views the body a vessel that is interconnected and whole as one not as individual muscles. Click here to view images and descriptions of the various anatomy/fascial trains.
Why Fascial Stretch Therapists are all so different?
Each Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist (CFST) goes through 40+ hours of hands-on training during each certification level.
During training, each CFST is encouraged to master the “feel of the tissue.”
For us, this has been life changing in the way we treat and train our Personal Training and Active Rehab clients. Being able to feel our clients tissues allows us to program better in treating their injuries.
I’m elated to say, the CFST’s we have on board (regardless of level) have amazing FEEL abilities. We aim to master the feel of your tissue, and then communicate with you during the session, and after session in what our findings are, and what YOU can do to complement these treatments.
Why Are There Different Levels?
Much like a college diploma’s vs. university degrees, similarly each level in fascial stretch therapy goes more in-depth.
Level 1 Fascial Stretch Therapist
Outcomes: include but are not limited to pain reduction or elimination, overall enhanced nervous system response (makes our body more able to process – from exercise response to emotions), increased strength, mobility, and improved balance.
The goal is full body functional mobility restoration.
This is done via foundational stretches that down-regulate the nervous system (“rest and digest”).
Layers of Fascia Addressed: 1-4
Level 2 Fascial Stretch Therapist
Everything in 1 plus
Outcomes: Quicker solutions to tough problems. Goes deeper into joint capsule.
Can remove joint adherences such as scar tissue and trigger points to improve ROM
Accesses the depth & dimensions of the joint capsules, as well as the edges of the entire fascial net (including hands and feet).
Can work more in the sympathetic for amping up the nervous system (“game-day” stretching) Layers of Fascia addressed: 5-7
Level 3 Fascial Stretch Therapist
Everything in 1 and 2 plus
More thorough assessments of each fascial line
Outcome: Rapidly detect the source of neural and structural abnormalities and imbalances that negatively affect function
Spiral, rotation, and diagonal movement patterns to assess and treat possible areas where trapped tension may be hiding
Layers of fascia addressed: 8-10 with advanced assessments, techniques & movement patterns
For more information or any questions relating to which Fascial Stretch Therapy is best for you, please contact us and we are more than happy to go into more detail to guide you. info(at)activekinetix.com
Asma Kassam, BHK
Owner, Kinesiologist, Personal Trainer, & Fascial Stretch Therapist