Assisted Stretch Therapy is the application of passive slow mobilization in a controlled process of articular (joint) and soft-tissue (myofascial) stretching intended to improve bio-mechanical elasticity, improve posture and reinforce proper movement patterns in the body.
Assisted Stretch Therapy is part of advanced coursework within The GYROTONIC® Method of movement and exercise.
Is Assisted Stretch Therapy like Massage?
No. The only thing that Assisted Stretch Therapy and Massage have in common is that both involved the skilled application of touch. Assisted Stretch Therapy is performed with clients fully dressed (generally in exercise wear), uses no oils or creams, and does not include Massage techniques (the repetitive rubbing, stroking or kneading of myofascial tissues to principally improve blood flow).
Is Assisted Stretch Therapy like Chiropractic?
No. While the end goals may appear to be the same as Chiropractic care, Assisted Stretch Therapy does not involve any popping of joints or thrusting movements. Assisted Stretch Therapy uses specific breathing patterns, gentle touch, and subtle muscle action from the client to bring about change.
*** Do you have chronic pain or an old injury that just won't get better?
*** Have you done "all the right things" (physical therapy, chiropractor, massage, medication) and you still aren't able to be pain-free?
Then you owe it to yourself to receive an Assisted Stretch Therapy Session.
Assisted Stretch Therapy Sessions are available with both Laura and Steve.
How long is a session? What is involved?
Sessions last from 55 to 85 minutes depending on the needs and goals of the client. Sessions include hands-on Assisted Stretch Therapy techniques and finish with movement exercises designed to reinforce the changes that have occurred in the body.
How often should I schedule a session?
This depends on which "issues in your tissues" you are working on. Sometimes a single session is all that is needed. If more persistent issues have been occurring, booking a session once or twice a week is recommended. Talk with your GYROTONIC ® Trainer for their recommendation.
Single 55 min session $75
Single 85 min session $100
During a session, your therapist will do an assessment to determine where restrictions are. You'll then lay on a table (fully clothed). Your therapist will move your body into specific positions to relieve tight muscles that naturally brings your body back into proper function and balance.
"An Onsen Technique® Therapy session includes unique key components: assessment, muscle energy technique, post-isometric relaxation, fascia release, and exercise for stability."
Assessment is how Steve will find where your body's structure is limited/stuck and where it may be hypermobile. This will provide the roadmap to bring you back to balance.
Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a means of manually assessing imbalances and distortions in the skeletal system and correcting them, via the soft tissue, using a tiny amount of the patient's own energy (force) applied in a specific direction. Extremely gentle, MET provides dramatic and lasting improvements in flexibility, muscle tension and comfort.
Post-Isometric Relaxation works with the natural laws of the body. When a muscle has been actively contracted, the nervous system responds with an appropriate level of relaxation when the muscle relaxes.
Fascia Release works to release held patterns and adhesions in the fascia (a connective tissue in the body that gives us our shape). Fascia is the highest innervated tissue in the body, and responds well to this specific technique. Traditional massage techniques don't address Fascia.
Optional Exercises may be given to provide either stability or mobility to the affected area(s). Steve may also recommend and/or incorporate GYROTONIC exercise, therapeutic exercise, Pilates, Yoga, Chi Kung, Meditation, or breathwork exercises as homework to enhance the results from your session. Private Therapeutic Exercise/Yoga sessions are also available separately.
Steve Von Hargett is our Certified Onsen Technique ® Therapist, as well as an Assisted Stretch Therapist,
a STOTT Pilates Instructor (with specialized training in Pilates for Rehabilitation) and GYROTONIC® method Trainer.
Experience the difference of having a skilled Movement Specialist as your therapist, who understands your body, muscular imbalances, injuries, compensation patterns and movement in an entirely deeper way.
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