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Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST)

FST

Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is a complete system of stretching based on the most recent research and clinical findings on fascia.

It is done by a certified therapist on a treatment table using comfortable straps to ensure the client is relaxed and supported.

FST mobilizes the body’s soft tissue and joints in a pain free way, improving overall flexibility and decreasing muscle tension. It can also improve movement patterns, posture, and circulation. FST was designed to maximize flexibility and athletic performance in professional athletes but it is also highly effective in restoring or improving mobility after injury. Plus, it just feels good!

Kelly Whitman (Physiotherapist) and Tahnee Krajacic (Massage Therapist) are both certified Fascial Stretch Therapists.

What is Fascia?

Fascia is the connective tissue system of the body that penetrates through and wraps around muscle, nerves, organs and just about everything else!

Who Benefits?

People of all ages! Any person who is feeling tense or tight from their daily life, fitness enthusiasts, athletes of all levels including professionals or any patient cleared by their physician for stretching and active movement.

Why Stretch Fascia vs. Muscle?

Fascia surrounds each muscle, connects them to each other and penetrates deep inside the muscle.  It also connects to tendons, ligaments and bone to form a body wide, smart functional network.  Fascia connects to all of your organ systems too.

Focusing on stretching muscle only is limited in benefit, can often be painful and results are short term.

Is It Based on Science?

The first research into the effects of FST commenced in 1997 with founder Ann Frederick’s thesis, found at www.stretchtowin.com .  Current research on the effects of FST on chronic low back pain is being conducted with a team at the university of Arizona Medical School in Phoenix.  FST is also based on the extensive science resources found at www.fasciareasearchsociety.org.

For more information on FST please see the Stretch to Win website: stretchtowin.com

Kelly Whitman

Physiotherapist

Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist

Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor
Kelly graduated from the Dalhousie School of Physiotherapy in 2002. Most of her 15 years of experience in physiotherapy comes from private practice in orthopaedics but she has also worked in various hospital settings, both in Halifax and in Canada’s far north. In 2017, she completed her training to become a certified Level 2 Fascial Stretch Therapist and enjoys using this system of stretching to help people maximize their mobility and athletic performance. She is an experienced STOTT PILATES® certified instructor, having training in matwork, small equipment and reformer. She teaches Physio-Pilates group classes and individuals from beginner to advanced with a focus on injury rehabilitation and injury prevention. She has completed numerous post graduate courses in movement dysfunction, manual therapy and therapeutic exercise. 
 
Kelly prefers a hands-on approach and enjoys helping clients determine the root cause of their pain, not just treat their symptoms. She integrates manual therapy and the mindful movement of Pilates to help individuals recover from injury and achieve a healthy, active lifestyle. Kelly is a former competitive athlete, having competed at the national level in figure skating and track and field. She worked with Dalhousie Varsity Cross Country men’s and women’s teams as Head Trainer. Kelly enjoys working with individuals and athletes of all levels and ages.

Tahnee uses Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) as key component in her treatments, as well as traditional massage techniques and cupping.  Please refer to our Fascial Stretch Therapy Information page for more information and how you can benefit from FST.

Tahnee is from Toronto, Ontario where she graduated with Honors from CCMH and successfully completed her OSCE and MCQ exams.  She is a Certified Level 1 Fascial Stretch Therapist and is certified in Cupping Massage Therapy.

In 2010 Tahnee was inspired to enter the health care field when she witnessed a family member undergo extensive physical rehabilitation after being injured overseas.  This inspired her to seek a career where she could help people recover from all types of pain and injury.

In 2014 Tahnee moved to Nova Scotia and began her work as a Massage Therapist in Halifax.  Since then she took an opportunity to work in Banff, Alberta where she was lucky enough to massage members of the men’s Olympic Curling team.  She eventually found her way back to Nova Scotia where she continues to treat patients of all ages, all shapes and sizes.  Whatever your pain or discomfort may be, Tahnee is happy to help.

Tahnee grew up playing soccer and now enjoys crossfit training and running.  She knows how important a good recovery is and she uses all of her skills to help her patients achieve their goals.

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