Being in the martial arts for about 22 years now, I have done all sorts of stretching routines and massage therapies with good success. However, it takes a good amount of time and consistency to get results, which is true for most things in life.
Having recently hurt me knee, my girlfriend suggested that I try her new physical therapist. I was a bit reluctant, so I waited a few days for my knee to not be so tender so I could give it a shot.
Fast forward 30 minutes into the session, and I experienced the most dramatic body change I have ever felt in my life. That sensation has persisted for over 4 days now.
I feel as a public service I should give a shout out and make you aware of this therapy. It is called Fascial Stretch Therapy. Here is the skinny on what this means: "Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds and invests all structures of the body. The problem is that fascia will thicken & shorten when any of your tissues are under stress from poor posture, lack of exercise, injury, surgery, disease or over-training. While many therapies can help these conditions, only Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) can completely treat inflexible fascia at the deepest level – your joint capsule. After we help make all of your layers of fascia become more pliable and hydrated – then joint range of motion, muscle strength and flexibility immediately improves making it easier for you to train and maintain." This was an eye opener for me. I have heard of fascia before, but I never really understood the role it played or the significance it can have on your movement. Check out my blog (link in my profile) for more details about it and where you can find a FST therapist near you.