Stretch therapy improves the mobility of your nerves & the flexibility of your muscles and fascia by focusing on the fascial lines. Fascial line exist in everyone and they connect through and wrap around just about everywhere in your body. Fascia is all over!
Fascia surrounds each muscle, and connects them to each other both superficially (near the surface) and deep (below and deeper from the surface). Moreover, fascia also connects tendons, ligaments, and bone to form a body-wide, functional network. Fascia connects to all of your organs and systems, too. By stretching these fascial connections, we can improve our over all body function!
Anyone can benefit from stretch therapy. Whether you are an athlete, fitness enthusiast or everyday folk, there are many benefits to stretching.
- Flexibility. Stretching improves flexibility.
- Posture. Stretching is also beneficial to improve your posture
- Injury Prevention
- Increased Nutrients and Reduced Soreness
- Calmed Mind
- Release Tension
- Increase Energy
Stretch therapy is different than yoga, and pilates. It is completely compatible with other methods of therapy and training. Stretch therapy is not at all painful. It is a gentle modality meant to help the client to relax and stretch out.
Josh Alferez (RMT) provides stretch therapy services at Fit for Life Wellness and Rehabilitation Centre. Josh Alferez is a registered massage therapist focused on regaining function and optimizing performance. He uses a human-centered approach that considers each individual unique in history of movement, emotions and mindset. Regardless of what injury or restriction one is enduring, he will work with you to determine the best plan of action specific to your goals and needs. His end goal is to bring you back to your youth, keep you healthy and living a wellness-first lifestyle.
His system integrates widely-known techniques such as functional range conditioning, fascial stretch therapy and structural integration. Rather than treating the symptoms with band-aid solutions such as pills, RICE (rest-ice-compress-elevate) and passive modalities; he uses movement at the true site of pain/restriction to mobilize, stretch, and integrate one’s structure into functional system.
His specialties include:
Rotational Sports (Golf, Hockey, Tennis, Badminton, Combat Sports)
Triathlons (Running, Cycling, Swimming)
During the first session, the stretch therapist will ask specific questions, and assess the body based on any any issues you are facing. Each session is individualized to the client’s needs. All treatments are done on the table with two straps which are used to hold the legs in place in order to get a true stretch. The client is expected to wear stretchy pants, or shorts, and a t-shirt in order to achieve the best possible stretch. Following the first session, the therapist will develop a treatment plan. Most individuals will report increased mobility, less stiffness, decrease stress, improved sleep and an overall feeling of improved well-being.