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The beautiful new edition of this highly successful book, written by Ann and Chris Frederick, directors of the Stretch to Win® Institute, is packed with theory and practice, including a host of beautifully illustrated assisted stretches.

Fascial Stretch Therapy™, Second edition is a practical and highly applicable manual for any massage therapist, movement instructor, physical or occupational therapist, athletic or sports trainer, fitness instructor or osteopath – in fact for any hands-on practitioners who wants to learn new skills and improve therapeutic outcomes. It clearly demonstrates how FST™ assessment, treatment, and training are used in a variety of common circumstances encountered in manual therapy and athletic training.

What’s new for the second edition…

  • Discusses a very brief history of a still expanding and evolving new industry of assisted stretching. It also covers the negative aspects of this trend, including the lack of assessments and specificity and common stretching methods. Approaches are listed so you can compare and contrast.
  • Includes a new Chapter 2 with updates of the highest quality evidence-based research useful to the field of assisted stretching. It includes the authors’ own research about the effects of FST™ on chronic nonspecific low back pain as well as a discussion about a recent systematic review of the acute effects of muscle stretching on physical performance range of motion, and injury incidence in healthy active individuals.
  • Lists contraindications and indications for FST™ along with new updates to reflect current understandings (e.g. about Golgi tendon organs) with supporting references.
  • Shows how this method will save you time when forming a working hypothesis that will quickly be proven or disproven so that you will have enough time to develop other hypotheses that you can test for efficacy, all within a single session.
  • Includes new photographs and artwork along with new titles to reflect the change in nomenclature from the use of the term ‘fascial line(s)’ to ‘fascial net(s)’.

Chapter 1:  The Emergence of Assisted Stretching

Chapter 2:  Research and the Science of Stretching

Chapter 3:  Fascial Stretch Therapy Dissected

Chapter 4:  Assessment

Chapter 5:  FST – Lower Body Technique

Chapter 6:  Upper Body Technique

Additional information

Format Paperback, eBook
ISBN 978-1-912085-67-5
Edition No 2
Pages 240
Illustrations 195 color drawings and photographs
Dimensions 246 X 189 mm
Status Published
Publication Date 24 July 2020

Author biography

Karen Kirkness MFA, MSc, E-RYT 500, is an artist and yoga anatomy investigator holding two masters degrees, one in fine art and the other a master of science in human anatomy. Karen’s drawing and conceptual work revolve around body culture and somaesthetics. American by birth and now based in Edinburgh, Scotland, Karen founded her own yoga studio, Meadowlark Yoga, in 2005. Karen started practicing yoga while studying arts & sciences for her bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Florida, in 1999. She studied Ashtanga yoga with the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore in 2003 and continues researching the power of inter-lineage yoga through daily personal practice. Karen is fascinated with how art and architecture inform science. She is passionate about play, flexible working hours, and the adaptation of not-for-profit social enterprise. After over 15 years of yoga practice, Karen spent a year in the dissection lab learning about human anatomy at the University of Edinburgh. Her fascination with subtle body concepts comes together with art and anatomy to make her workshops fun, informative, and inspiring. Karen guest-teaches workshops and trainings internationally, including the trainings at her home studio, and the 40 Hour Cadaveric Anatomy for Yoga course in partnership with the University of Edinburgh. She served as yoga presenter on the Neuro Yoga panel exploring the relationship between conventional neuroscience and yoga practice as part of several science festivals in Scotland. She is a member of the Anatomical Society and has presented in recent years at the International Symposium of Clinical and Applied Anatomists (ISCAA). Get in touch with Karen’s work through her website

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