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April 2017 Newsletter

Posted By Kristen Ernst, Thursday, March 30, 2017
Updated: Friday, March 24, 2017
  Stretch to Win

Transforming lives, personally & professionally

Newsletter #2: April 2017

Since 1995, Stretch to Win’s mission and passion has been to educate the public and to train professionals in the science and art of stretching & mobility to improve health, function and performance in life, fitness and in sports.



To our Dear Readers,

We’re excited to present this month’s lineup – new stretch video of the Core 4 Upper body series in standing; video of client who got out of pain after an FST session; article on stretching and whether it’s “good or bad” for you; our new book “Stretch to Win” 2nd edition is out!

Start with the first one or just scroll down and click on what you want to see now:

  • Stretch of the Month – brief video to improve mobility or decrease pain
  • FST gives HOPE Stretch client video
  • Article: Stretching – good or bad for you?
  • Announcementsthe 2nd edition of our best selling book “Stretch to Win” can now be pre-ordered!


Enjoy!

Warmest,

Ann and Chris Frederick
Directors of Stretch to Win Institute
Co-creators of Stretch to Win® Fascial Stretch Therapy™ and LifeStretch®
Authors of the books “Stretch to Win” and
“Fascial Stretch Therapy”

Stretch of the Month

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In our last issue, we presented our popular stretch-mobility program called the “Core 4 on the Floor™” for the lower body. Here we present it for the upper body. It can be used as a dynamic stretch-mobility warm up to prepare for any activity or used for post activity recovery. Many have also used it as corrective exercise to improve function and eliminate pain. Turn up the volume and enjoy more freedom of movement and less pain!


FST™ gives HOPE: true stories from people like you

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David is an attorney who tells his short story of how stretching the "good side" started the process of completely relieving severe pain in the opposite knee after his session with Ashly DeMik, Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist.

Find an FST practitioner here: http://stretchtowin.com/search

In Arizona, find Ashly here: http://stretchtowin.site-ym.com/members/?id=37923482


Stretching – good or bad for you?

Stretching had gotten a bad rap in recent years mostly due to research studies that showed poor outcomes like decreased power, strength and speed in athletes. So, many people stopped stretching.

Now stretching is back in favor with recent research showing positive outcomes like increased power, strength and speed. What the heck?

Such is science when interpreted by the media and then pumped out to the public in sound bites. They failed to mention that it was only ‘static stretching’ that had many poor outcomes, NOT ALL stretching!

This is a good example of the ignorance about stretching that is not just in the media. With all due respect, we see much evidence that most professionals in medicine, physical therapy, sports and fitness have a very limited understanding and training in stretching, if at all. We know this from:

  1. In 1995, starting one of the first stretch therapy centers in the world.
  2. 20 years of successfully treating clients with a focus in stretch therapy.
  3. Writing 2 books, one on self-stretching and the other on assisted stretching.
  4. Training almost 4000 professionals in health, fitness and sports.

The truth is stretching is not good or bad but rather is good when done for the right reasons with good technique. And stretching can be very bad if it creates instability, stresses nerves and/or is over done or done to the wrong areas of your body. Recent scientific evidence supports what we have been advising for 2 decades: any stretching must be designed for the individual based on a comprehensive evaluation and assessment (Page 2012). And then it must be done at the right dose to the appropriate regions of the body at the correct intensity, tempo and duration.

While it is always best to be evaluated by a certified specialist like our graduate Fascial Stretch Therapy practitioners, you can start by assessing and stretching yourself. Try the stretches in the videos from this newsletter as well as from the last one as a start. If you want to learn how to quickly assess your flexibility and then build an easy, effective program then consider getting our book where it’s all laid out for you here:

If you want to rapidly “hack” your flexibility potential, eliminate pain or quickly improve your fitness or athletic performance, then find a certified FST practitioner in your location here: http://stretchtowin.com/search

References: Page, P. (2012) Current concepts in muscle stretching for exercise and rehabilitation. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2012. 7(1), pp. 109–119.



Announcements

Stretch to Win book 2nd edition may be ordered now:

Workshops and Directory to find a Fascial Stretch Therapy practitioner

  • REGISTER HERE – Some FST workshops already SOLD OUT for 2017!




 

 

 

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Stretch to Win Newsletter - January 2017

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 30, 2017

Transforming lives, personally & professionally

Newsletter #1: January 2017

Since 1995, Stretch to Win’s mission and passion has been to educate the public and to train professionals in the science and art of stretching & mobility to improve health, function and performance in life, fitness and in sports.


 

To our Dear Readers,

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!

Welcome to our first newsletter in quite some time! There is something for everyone here: stretch-mobility videos, inspiring stories from the world of Fascial Stretch Therapy and informative articles for the professional.

We’re excited to present this month’s lineup:

  • FST gives HOPE - Fascial Stretch Therapy helps a mother survive and thrive after horrible accident.
  • Stretch to Win success story – trainer rapidly rises to being the go-to person that everyone sends clients to after she got trained in FST!
  • Inflammation – did you know indoor air can cause chronic inflammation?
  • Announcements – we’re building a new Institute (and other news)!

Going forward, our plan is to provide you monthly:

  • Quick stretch-mobility videos for yourself or clients/patients
  • Touching videos & stories of people whose lives were transformed after FST
  • Motivating videos & stories of success with featured FST practitioners
  • Science and art of applied stretching all professionals should know

 

Enjoy and our very Best for 2017!

Warmest,

Ann and Chris Frederick

Directors of Stretch to Win Institute

Co-creators of Stretch to Win® Fascial Stretch Therapy™ and LifeStretch®

Authors of the books “Stretch to Win” and “Fascial Stretch Therapy”



Stretch of the Month

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For this first issue, we present our popular stretch-mobility program called the “Core 4 on the Floor™”. First released to the public with the 1st edition of our Stretch to Win book in 2006, this program has helped thousands. It can be used as a dynamic stretch-mobility warm up to prepare for any activity or used for post activity recovery. Many have also used it as corrective exercise to improve function and eliminate pain. Enjoy!


FST™ gives HOPE: true stories from survivors

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AMAZING, truly inspiring story of self healing from combining the power of her spirit with Fascial Stretch Therapy (aka ‘FST’) after devastating motor vehicle accident left this mom without the ability to walk or use her arm, shoulder crushed, rock debris impregnated in her body and no hope. Hear Vee Comstock's story by clicking on the video above.


Stretch to Win®: stories of success

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This fitness trainer has such a great story! In a nutshell, it took her only 3 months after her first training with us to completely change her life and those of her clients. She now works for herself as a full time FST practitioner, appointments booked out for weeks. Even medical professionals refer their challenging patients because of her reputation in helping so many. We’re so proud to present this inspiring interview with Holly Lynch, certified Fascial Stretch Specialist.


INDOOR AIR - the missing link causing inflammation in the human body

By Chris Frederick, PT

Living in New York City most of my life, I was always concerned about what outdoor air pollution was doing to my body. I felt that there was nothing I could do except live a healthy lifestyle, take extra anti-oxidants and walk through Central Park to get my daily dose of better air.

When I started spending more time indoors than outdoors, in places other than my home where I couldn't open windows (much less control the air quality), my concerns grew. Now there is much evidence linking indoor air – in your home, workplace, anywhere – with chronic, daily exposure to factors proven to cause inflammation in your body.

Those factors – like bacteria, viruses, mold, fungus and more – are also on surfaces that come in contact with the air.  Surfaces that transfer those invisible factors to things you may touch and then introduce to your skin, nose, mouth or ears: counters, furniture, floors, door handles, microwaves, even other people. And to make matters worse, VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are chemicals present everywhere in most rooms that produce a toxic mix of gases that may or may not have an odor. You know that “new car smell”? That’s a VOC.

In other words, the unconscious acts of breathing as well as anything you may touch without a thought can introduce elements that produce inflammation in your body (and flu viruses). Fortunately, there is now a solution available to the public when until recently, it was only available to industries battling the worst odors and exposures.

FDA approved for use in medical facilities, many companies that wanted clean, healthy air were rapidly adopting this new technology. This included places like fitness clubs, surgical suites, restaurants, cruise ships, casinos and many more. As a consequence they were able to eliminate the use of chemical air and surface cleaners that we now know may cause cancer in humans and animals and are terrible for our environment.

I am really excited to announce that a limited number of personal units are now available for the very first time. The only reason I’m endorsing this technology is because my wife and I have had personal success with having this unit work for us in 2 separate emergency situations to eliminate toxic odor. You can read about that and more (including scientific studies) at this link: http://stretchtowin.site-ym.com/blogpost/1538630/264800/Surprising-health-risk-in-your-home-and-at-work

Or if you want to eliminate inflammatory factors present in your air and on your surfaces as soon as possible, then please go to this link to order your personal unit:

http://budurl.com/OrganicAir. 

[If you are a professional in the health, fitness, sports or spa fields and are interested in generating revenue by having your clients order these personal units from a link on your website, blog or social media then please contact me by filling out the contact form here: http://budurl.com/ChrisFrederick.]


Announcements

  • New global headquarters for the STWI – grand opening Spring 2017!

  • Stretch to Win book 2nd edition coming soon in 2017

  • Ann’s original PNF stretch study from ‘97 now posted here

  • FST practitioners – Re-certify online for only $99 after January 1, 2017 by clicking here

Workshops and Directory to find a Fascial Stretch Therapy practitioner

  • REGISTER HERE – some FST workshops already SOLD OUT for 2017!

 

Features coming in the next issue include:

  • New stretch video: psoas and iliacus
  • Article: How fascial stretching is different
  • Photo gallery of FST athlete clients (some were in the 2016 Olympics!)
  • And more inspiring stories from our FST practitioners

 

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