You see, it is a part of all our lives…It affects our relationships. When it is good, it’s good…when it is bad, well…you know.
Soft tissue dysfunction and pain have an impact on every facet of our lives, including sex. When you look at the body globally, you really start to see how one thing contributes to another…little do my clients know, I am good for their sex life…
Let me explain…
Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) manipulates how your body is capable of stretching. Instead of stretching isolated muscles, one by one, these movements stretch the fascia in a more globalized way -- targeting multiple fascia lines at a time. It does not force your body to do what it doesn't want to; but, it is essentially like a clinically controlled romancing of the body, if you can picture that. The differentiating factor with FST that separates it from traditional stretching is the use of traction, think of it this way: butter on toast. If your joints are toast and you want to apply butter, you would rather have room temperature butter than cold, refrigerated butter to spread on your bread, right? The butter is to toast, as synovial fluid is to your joints. Fascia Stretch Therapy makes the "butter" warm. When I apply traction, oscillation and circumduction, thus stretching multiple fascial lines at the same time, magic happens.
And what about the sex part….
Well, our genitalia experiences pleasure because of the interaction with our nerve endings. First, FST helps to decompress your pelvis and open your hips to help expand not only range of motion, but the sensing of pleasure as well. FST helps deliver expansion to your sacrum, (specifically the root chakra) which is connected to everything from your lower back, hips, pelvis -- specifically the uterus, femoral head and its ligaments.
FST can over time reset your ability to experience deeper pleasure.
In a nutshell…
Mobility and Flexibility
When our bodies are able to increase mobility and flexibility we experience less pain and restriction, plus increase endorphin flow, all of which aid in the ease of movement between intimate positions with your partner. Some of the best sex involves a fluidity of movement between scenes when you and your partner can lose yourselves in the experience, rather than focus on the mechanics.
Trains the brain to create safety
The safety that we can feel when intimately bonded with our partners with whom we have a positive and safe relationship translates to a greater potential for experiencing pleasure. Alternatively, throughout our lives, our bodies also experience physical pain and emotional trauma (often overlooked as a contributing factor to physical restrictions). Have you ever noticed that every time you think about speaking in public (for example) your knee starts to hurt, or when you think of the stress that comes with the holidays, your lower back starts to ache? That's emotional trauma. Healing emotional trauma in our bodies can happen through FST as it works to re-wire the brain and create safety in the movements that we tend to forget our bodies are holding onto.
Increases blood flow
Why is blood flow important for great sex? Well, for starters, having good blood flow in your genital regions increases arousal and your response to sexual stimulation. It makes your bits more sensitive, and in the case of vaginas, increases the size of the clitoris and pushes your lips up to expose them to the anticipated sensations, all while aiding in the increase of lubrication. In the case of penises, well, we all know that good blood flow leads to erections. Enough said….
Releases fascial adhesions
Fascial adhesions are bonds formed between the collagen fibers that limit the elasticity/flexibility of the fascia to do its job, which is the connective tissue that holds our body together. Therefore, if you have many adhesions, you could be impacted and not even know it! Back pain, misdiagnosed Fibromyalgia and even arthritis can sometimes be actually the effect of fascial adhesions. So, when our range of motion is limited via these adhesions, our sex lives may also be hampered. Release through FST can allow room for expansion of tissue and free up nerve endings to experience pleasurable sensation, rather than pain.
Improves holistic wellness
Fascia, being one of the most prevalent tissues in our bodies, is really connected to everything. When we treat our fascia, we teach our nervous system to calm the f**k down and get back on board with feeling healthy. FST contributes to a greater quality of life and less stress mentally (physically and emotionally), which I can say leads to a happier and healthier sex life. Who doesn't enjoy ease of excitement when it comes to sex?! We do! Learning to incorporate holistic approaches to your health can and will be an improvement to the essence of your conscious living.
So the next time you have a question about your body, ask…I promise I won’t be offended, embarrassed or irritated…we are all adults here. I started this journey with the intent to help individuals move better, feel better and perform better (even in the bedroom). Now, go…
Be passionate, take action….
Costa, Carlen. "Fascial Stretch Therapy Is Awesome For Your Sex Life." Huffington Post. N.p., 27 Oct. 2015. Web.
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A little from Dr. Dan, a little from Lisa but always a lot of good stuff!