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Level 1 FST Certification
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Stretch to Win – Fascial Stretch Therapy® (STW-FST®) is a complete, full body manual therapy and movement training system created by Ann Frederick, KMI and Chris Frederick, PT, KMI.

FST is primarily based on original research by Ann and, with her husband, Chris, on a combined over 50 years of clinical application and experience with clients and patients. Ongoing current research from the Fascia Research Project and the Fascia Research Congress are included in the theory for evidence based on science.

After this training, you will be able to offer FST as a stand-alone, separate service as well as integrated within whatever other training or therapy you do for better, faster and longer lasting results.


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Level 1 course description

Most of the work in FST is done on a massage table with our portable stabilization straps, which enables you to implement our unique system easily, efficiently and very effectively.

A Core 4 on the Floor™ self-stretch program is included in your training to provide clients a home program to maintain gains made in each session. The course breakdown is 5% theory and 95% practical hands on participation.

FST is appropriate for all manual and movement therapists, as well as trainers and coaches who wish to implement a proven system for pain management, rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, athletic performance, mobility and movement re-education and wellness.

Prerequisite: You must be thoroughly familiar with functional anatomy beyond simple academic knowledge. If that is not the case with you, then we require you to become basically familiar with fascial anatomy as described in this book (or Kindle) which can be purchased at Amazon.com: Anatomy Trains

Cost: For workshop pricing, location & other details, click HERE and then click on the title of workshop in which you're interested.


 


 

This workshop is a complete training in table-based Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) assessment and manual techniques for the full body.

 

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At the start, you will learn the principles, theories and evidenced-based science surrounding the subject of mobilizing and manipulating fascia to rapidly achieve gains in your client’s function. These gains include but are not limited to pain reduction or elimination, overall enhanced nervous system response, increased strength and mobility and improved balance. The most recent research and clinical findings on fascia will be included. Comparison and contrasts with other forms of manual and assisted therapy to stretch or manipulate fascia will also be discussed.

The first half of this 5-day workshop focuses on getting adept at evaluating the state of the neuro-myofascia of the lower half of the body. This is accomplished by learning how to accurately assess the feel of neuro-myofascial tissue mobility and activity through tri-planar range of motion and strength tests to the torso, lumbo-pelvic-hip girdle and extremities.

The second half of this workshop focuses on getting more adept at evaluating the state of the neuro-myofascia of the upper half of the body. This is accomplished by learning how to accurately assess the feel of neuro-myofascial tissue mobility and activity through tri-planar range of motion and strength tests to the torso, shoulder girdle, upper extremities and spine. After learning how to identify regions of neuro-myofascial imbalance you will learn how to conduct a complete assisted neuro-fascial stretch session on a massage table with stabilizing belts for healthy and fit clientele as well as for those with symptoms of pain, tightness and soreness due to neuro-myofascial imbalances.

You will be awarded a Level I Certification after attending all 5 days and 35 hours of instruction, completing a pre-workshop learning module and post-workshop practical.

 

 

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The premises of FST

The following are the main premises upon which FST is based and proven based on over 50 years of practice-based evidence on clients and patients, as well as on sound science:

The nervous system

Passive therapy or treatments have poor outcomes without re-educating the brain and the rest of the nervous system. FST is one of the most active therapies and training systems performed on a therapy or training table. Then it is continued off the table in functional positions and movements. The result is immediate nervous system re-education and integration to eliminate poor movement patterns and help maintain the gains made in that session. Clinical evidence of pain elimination and reduction, improved muscle function and other objective signs provide support for our general premise that FST rapidly improves function of the nervous system.
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The connective tissue system (aka ‘fascia’)

Ignored by medical, therapy and fitness professionals for generations, connective tissue (or fascia) was thought of as only a binding or packing material of the body. Researchers have shown that it is full of nerve endings that may provide the majority of our sensori-mechanoreceptors in the body. It is one of the main parts of our proprioceptive system outside our eyes and inner ears. In other words, our fascia can be thought of as a major extension and even an enhancement of what has been traditionally called our nervous system. Seeing a fast, permanent change in postural and dynamic movement patterns from FST lends strong support to our premise that FST helps improve or correct posture, gait, aberrant movement patterns and much more. 
The circulatory system

Lymph and blood flow through fascia; axoplasm, spinal fluid and blood flow through our nervous system. As noted above, our nervous system is surrounded by fascia. Therefore our premise is that FST has helped nerve function from as simple as increasing muscle activation to helping diseases like multiple sclerosis because FST positively affects the circulation of our neuro-myofascia. Among other things observed in our clients and patients, increased urination and decreased swelling provided consistent, regular evidence of these results.
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Biotensegrity and the epidemic of compression

Biotensegrity was a term that Buckminster Fuller coined to describe his invention of structures like the geodesic dome that had structural members of tension and compression in a state of dynamic equilibrium and balance. Researchers like Donald Ingber, MD, PhD have shown that our cells are biotensegrity structures not only in form but also in function. That is, forces from within and without the cell influence physiology.

It has been our observation in our clinic that there appears to be an “epidemic” of compression imbalances seen in a great majority of clients. Our premise is that FST is first and foremost manual decompression of soft tissue and joints. Our clinical observation has been elimination of pain, return of strength that was diminished, vastly increased mobility, flexibility and range of motion. Surgeries for things like hip replacement have been delayed or cancelled. Therefore another FST premise is most common orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions like non-specific low back pain, hip and shoulder impingement, moderate DJD/DDD and much more respond favorably to FST as a result of global full body and local region decompression combined with local correction of the hyper/hypomobile conundrum of both joints and soft tissue fascial continuities.
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Emotional and mental healing rounds out the response when hope for the client is restored. As a result of seeing how clients have positively responded emotionally, mentally and even spiritually, another premise we hold is that FST is a complete healing system for many who have been in chronic pain.