One writer tries the new stretching routine that pro athletes everywhere are doing
By Charlotte Hilton Andersen
When you think about the idea of stretching your body, you probably think: back, hamstrings, or IT band. (What's that? You aren't regularly stretching?! 6 Good Reasons You Really Need to Stretch.) But there are many other body parts that benefit from a good stretch besides those tight muscles. One of the newest methods of targeted stretching focuses on something you may have never even heard of before: fascia.
Fascia is fibrous connective tissue that wraps and supports muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, organs, nerves—pretty much everything. Fascia stretching is said to give you a feeling of deep relaxation and rejuvenation that no other regular Swedish massage could ever do. The technique called fascial stretch therapy was developed by Ann Frederick, the first "flexibility specialist" to work with athletes at the Olympics, and it aims to improve every aspect of athletic performance and recovery.
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