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Frequently Asked Questions
About Rossiter Stretching

Need more information on Rossiter Stretching? These FAQs can help. 

What are Rossiter Stretching Workouts?

Rossiter Stretching Workouts are a collection of two-person stretching techniques that quickly and effectively lengthen the connective tissue or fascia in the body to help relieve pain and restore mobility in the body from head to toe. These techniques require the client's active involvement to stretch away pain by loosening and lengthening the connective tissue from head to toe. The objective is to return space to the connective tissue system thereby reducing or eliminating pain and restoring movement. There is no other workout quite like this. If you are open to trying something new and have tried multiple therapies without relief of your pain, this could be the modality that works for you.

What is connective tissue or fascia?

Connective tissue is really quite simple to understand. It is comprised of the stretchy, strong ligaments, tendons, and broad fascial coverings that connect every part in your body to all other parts from head to toe. It holds your body together, gives it shape and (when completely healthy and loose) gives it space. When the connective tissue is overworked, stressed, or injured, it naturally shortens and thickens causing pain, stiffness, tightness, and limited range of motion.

What makes Rossiter Stretching different?

Rossiter Stretching is different for many reasons. First, it involves two people: Your Rossiter Stretching Coach and you, the PIC (Person in Charge of your own body). Another difference is the use of the Rossiter Stretching Coach's foot. The Rossiter Stretching Coach strategically places their foot on the appropriate body area and the PIC performs stretching movements with the help of their Rossiter Stretching Coach. Each stretching technique is about 10-15 seconds.  Quite simply, you and your Rossiter Stretching Coach stretch the connective tissue or fascia in the body from the inside out to unwind tightness and remove pain or immobility that’s developed through activities of daily living, both work and leisure.  One of the most important aspects of Rossiter Stretching is the Lock™.  This dynamic positioning of the body results in maximum body stretching.

Why do Rossiter Stretching Coaches use their feet during a workout?

The hands are more vulnerable than the feet and they can wear out quickly. The foot is a strong, powerful, and perfectly shaped “tool” that can add smooth, consistent weight to the PIC’s body without making the PIC feel a need to push back or resist. The warmth and weight of the Rossiter Stretching Coach's foot also helps loosen the connective tissue or fascia more quickly, making it more pliable for better results. Once the connective tissue is freed and allowed to release its grip, space is restored to the body providing freedom of movement and improved range of motion along with a reduction in stiffness, tightness, and pain.

How does Rossiter Stretching help to relieve and prevent pain?

Rossiter Stretching Workouts target your body’s connective tissue–the head-to-toe network of ligaments, tendons, and fascia that hold and connect everything in your body together. Think of it as your body’s internal “space.”  The connective tissue or fascia shortens and tightens inside the body due to misuse, overuse, non-use, injury, and activities of daily living. Rossiter Stretching uses a series of quick and powerful two-person stretches that loosen and lengthen the connective tissue or fascia, restoring it to its natural state, the way the body was originally designed. When everything inside your body has space to move again, mobility is restored and pain symptoms begin to ease up and disappear.

What can I expect in a Rossiter Stretching session?

You will lie on a mat in comfortable workout clothes while the Rossiter Stretching Coach uses their foot to strategically anchor the connective tissue or fascia in place gently. You will then be coached through a series of two-person stretches which will help to restore the connective tissue or fascia in your body back to its natural state.  Each two-person stretch is performed slowly and deliberately and lasts approximately 10-15 seconds with the Rossiter Stretching session lasting approximately 25-30 minutes. The Rossiter Stretching techniques can be intense depending on how hard you are willing to work to alleviate your pain, but you are fully in charge of the intensity. The harder you work, the more immediate pain relief. Most people experience noticeable improvement after one session although several sessions are recommended depending on how long you have been experiencing limited mobility and pain. Maintenance sessions are recommended for prevention.

What kinds of issues can Rossiter Stretching help to resolve?

Rossiter Stretching helps to restore the connective tissue or fascia throughout the body. It helps to lengthen the connective tissue or fascia which helps to relieve headaches, neck stiffness and pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, hand and finger pain, wrist pain, including carpal tunnel syndrome, back stiffness and pain, leg pain, hip pain, sciatica, arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, knee pain, and foot pain, including plantar fasciitis.

Who can benefit from Rossiter Stretching?

If you have structural pain, Rossiter Stretching can help you. Rossiter Stretching is a powerful way to restore mobility and relieve pain. Tight connective tissue or fascia is the source of stress, immobility, and pain in the body. Rossiter Stretching uses a body wide “locking technique" and weight work to loosen tight connective tissue or fascia with unprecedented speed and safety with profound results. For the athlete, releasing the connective tissue or fascia releases the muscle so it can work harder. This, in turn, provides greater range of motion and pain relief thereby improving performance.  For non-athletes, getting out of pain makes life less stressful and more enjoyable as it allows you to return to those activities you love to do without pain and restored mobility.

Is Rossiter Stretching covered by insurance or health savings account?

Rossiter Stretching may be eligible for reimbursement under a health savings account if accompanied by a Letter of Medical Necessity from a physician or nurse practitioner. Ask your plan administrator whether this is a covered expense under your plan.

Are there any contraindications to Rossiter Stretching?

If you have any serious health issues, have had surgery or have had cortisone shots on the area you need work, or are on pain medications (which do not allow you to “feel” pain or use proper judgment for safe exercise/movement), then this technique may not be appropriate for you.  But such is the case for any type of exercise.  Not everything is for every body.  What’s important is that you are aware of what you can and should do to maintain/improve your health and what activities or modalities you need to do with caution or avoid to stay healthy.  If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, have undergone prior injections and/or surgery, or have any physical limitations, please check with your physician prior to participating in a Rossiter Stretching session.

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