Fascial Stretch Therapy™ (FST™) Core Fitness Chicago is one of the largest providers of FST in the country with 6 Certified providers including level 1, level 2, Level 3 and Level 3 medical track practitioners.


FST– Fascial Stretch Therapy™ (FST™) – Is a complete and cohesive system of innovative manual therapy and movement training that rapidly and radically re-organizes, re-aligns and re-educates the entire body structure.

FST™ can be used regionally to quickly restore function and eliminate pain, increase flexibility, increase strength, improve lymph and blood flow and improve neural dynamics. A unique, complete and complementary system of table-based, assisted stretching, focusing on the fascia as the key element in achieving optimal flexibility, strength, performance and pain relief.

Ann and Chris Frederick developed this technique on research that examines the dynamic links between muscles, fascia, and ligaments. The way FST incorporates these interactions is what makes it effective. Certified fascial stretch therapists use a variety of assessments to understand the way clients move before developing a treatment plan.

Therapists use traction during FST treatments to reduce muscle and fascia tension and provide a stretch from the joint capsule out.

During fascial stretching sessions, the client’s body is moved in an undulating spiral and diagonal patterns known as stretch waves. Breathing rates synchronize with stretch waves that vary in speed have a direct impact the nervous system and can induce deep relaxation.

Core Fitness Chicago is the largest provider of Fascial Stretch Therapy in the country with Level I, II and III practitioners.


We incorporate increased stretch wave frequency either before an athletic event or before a training session to maximize strength, speed, and range of motion. Athletes in fascial stretch programs have been found to recover more quickly between training sessions and improve active range of motion from 36 percent to 52 percent greater in athletes than other stretching methods.

Slower waves unwind the fascia to restore tissues to more efficient resting lengths by stretching tighter myofascial directions. When combined with deeper diaphragmatic breathing, slower waves achieve lasting changes in the connective tissues that increase flexibility.


Active Release Technique or A.R.T. is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Conditions repetitive or over use syndromes including back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, etc can be improved with ART.