The Stretch to Win Institute utilizes the science of fascia in their education and training. The body’s fascia is also known as the connective tissue system. It is the most ubiquitous tissue in the body, connecting to all other systems. Structurally, the fascia system suspends, supports and enables all anatomical movement from skin to cells and everything in between. Functionally it is the master communicator of information apart from as well as integrated with the brain. As such, fascia structurally and functionally supports all physiology of the body.
The fascia model we use takes all of this into consideration when evaluating and treating clients or patients. Consequently, the Fascia Stretch Technique is a more holistic and global approach. The advantage of using the fascia model is that now you get to affect the entire person. It’s not just about lengthening muscles, but it's about balancing out the body so that the areas that need the stretching get it, while other areas that might hurt from too much flexibility improve with increased stability. It's about finesse not force.
At Level 1, you will learn the skills necessary to evaluate neuromyofascial tissue mobility of major regions of the entire body through tri-planar, highly specific assessments. After learning how to identify regions of mobility restriction that lead to common problems of pain, weakness and lack of flexibility, you will be able to confidently apply your training in FST to get optimal results with your clients.
Most of the assisted stretching and mobility work of FST is done on a thickly padded table with the client fully clothed, supported by portable stabilization straps (straps included in the course). It’s a unique system that can be done easily and efficiently, in the privacy of an individual therapy room, or in an open, public space like a fitness facility.
FST is appropriate for all manual and movement therapists, as well as trainers and coaches who want to add a proven system of stretching and mobility restoration to their services. An FST certification, along with the abundant resources and ongoing support you’ll receive as a member in good standing with the Stretch To Win Institute, allows you to offer clients a revolutionary path to pain management, rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, athletic performance, movement re-education, and wellness.
All students can expect a welcoming, safe and loving support system and team dedicated to a premium hands-on, 1-on-1 learning experience with all teachers. More important than memorization or achieving perfection, you will be guided and practice in a fun atmosphere of patience, compassion and understanding.
When you are with us you are home (quality snacks included!) and we look forward to you joining our Stretch to Win family.
Had an amazing week. I've been a physical therapist for 12 years, and felt things this week that I have never felt before.
- Mike ScarberPhysical TherapistOjai CA, USALevel 1
Before you provide FST services to your clients, we strongly recommend that you have current professional liability insurance that includes the service of “assisted stretching.” Contact your professional association for more information.
It is your responsibility to research the laws of your state and city regarding which specific professional certifications allow practitioners to engage in therapeutic touch. You must also research specific liability insurance requirements.
To remove risks of practicing FST without proper licensing and liability coverage, we encourage you to consider a professional certification that includes “assisted stretching” under its scope of practice. We highly recommend getting certified in personal training or becoming a corrective exercise specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
We also highly recommend getting certified in the NASM Stretching and Flexibility Coach certification if for any reason you cannot register for our Level 1 at this time. Click here for more information.
All below must be completed before live attending the workshop:
Requirements: Basic knowledge of human anatomy
Where We Teach Level 1: Chandler, Arizona, USA and Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Tuition: $2,395.00 -- Early Bird: $2,195