How do I search the Stretch to Win website?
Place your cursor in the search bar in the top right of page - it looks like this:
By using double quotes around a set of words, you are asking the search engine to find those exact words in that exact order.
Operators (and, or, not)
The default behavior is to consider all of the words in a search. This is the same as using the "and" operator between each word or phrase. If you want to specifically allow any one of several words or phrases, you can use the "or" operator. If you want to exclude a specific word or phrase, you can use the "not" operator.
For example, if you were to search for John or Jane and not Doe, your results would contain John Smith and Jane Smith but John Doe and Jane Doe would be excluded.
How much is tuition?
Levels 1 & 2
Regular Price: $2195.00
Early Bird Price: $1995.00 (early bird price is $200 off full price if registered prior to early cut-off date, which is different for each workshop - usually 45 days prior to workshop start date)
Level 3 Fitness & Medical
Regular Price: $2,495.00
Early Bird Price: $2,295.00 (early bird price is $200 off full price if registered prior to early cut-off date, which is different for each workshop - usually 45 days prior to workshop start date)
Regular Price: $650.00
Early Bird Price: $599.00 (early bird price is $51 off full price if registered prior to early cut-off date, which is different for each workshop - usually 45 days prior to workshop start date)
What is the best course to take?
Students must meet the minimum requirements listed on each workshop description. Level 1 must be taken before Levels 2 and 3.
LifeStretch is separate course offered and you do not need to be certified at Level 1, 2 or 3 to register. LifeStretch is a mobility-stretch class that is designed to help your individual clients or group members become more flexible in body, mind and spirit so that they feel not only more functionally mobile but also more capable to deal with the physical and mental demands of their lives.
Are travel accommodations included?
No, travel expenses/accommodations are not included with your registration.
The following PDF* downloads include hotel, airport, and other travel information you may find useful:
How close together can students take the different levels?
Though it is possible to complete all three levels in one year, it is recommended that students give themselves several months between each course to become familiar with the materials learned. One hundred hours of Stretch Therapy must also be completed before moving on to the next level.
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What's the normal time scale for people to become fully qualified?
This will depend on how comfortable you are with the material after each workshop. The average time is 1 to 2 years.
Can students transfer from one workshop to a different one?
Yes. Transfer requests must be made in writing (email is okay) 45 days prior to a workshop start date and include reason for request.
There is no charge for the first transfer request. $75.00 transfer fee will apply for second transfer request. Only two transfer requests are allowed within one calendar year.
Transfer requests must be in writing and for the same level workshop in which registered. Transfer workshop date must be within one-year time of transfer request. New workshop date must be submitted at same time of transfer request.
Transfers from Canadian workshop into U.S. workshop (or vice versa): A full cancellation of registration must be done including a full refund on your credit card used (refunds may take up to 2 weeks). Your registration will then be transferred by us into the new workshop and you will be emailed an invoice for payment.
For U.S. workshops, send transfer requests to Marlene Riggs at email@example.com.
For Canadian workshops, send the requests to Lisa Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org
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What happens if students cancel or withdraw from a workshop?
Withdrawal requests must be made in writing (email is okay) 45 days prior to a workshop start date and include reason for request. Please see our cancellation policy here.
$150 Withdrawal fee is charged regardless of when the withdrawal request is made. No refunds of tuition paid if request is received after the 45-day deadline. Refunds are credited back to the payment card used upon registration and my take up to 10 weeks to process.
For U.S. workshops, send withdrawal requests to Marlene Riggs at email@example.com. For Canadian workshops, send requests to Lisa Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can a student repeat a workshop?
Yes, a student may repeat a workshop; however, cost is the same and there are no discounts applied other than registering at the early bird price (early bird price is $200 off full price if registered prior to early cut-off date, which is different for each workshop - usually 45 days prior to workshop start date)
For what Associations is STW a CEU provider?
Please consult our CEU page and workshop descriptions for information about the appropriate providers.
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Are there any other workshops not shown on the website?
All of the current workshops are listed on the website.
Does STW offer workshops in other countries?
Workshops are held several times a year in the U.S. and Canada only and are listed under the workshops area of our website.
Do you offer US & Canada Hotel/Travel information?
The following PDF downloads include hotel, airport, and other travel information you may find useful:
What is the difference between Level 3 Medical and Level 3 Fitness?
Only professionals licensed to treat pain, diseases and other dysfunctions are permitted to register for Level 3 Medical.
Level 3 Fitness is open to all prior Level 2 Certified Fascial Stretch Therapists.
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What is Re-certification?
Re-certification is an online program you are eligible for once a live workshop has been taken. A live workshop certification is good for 2 years. When you have reached the 2 year mark, you may:
- Re-certify online at your current level – Certification good for 1 year from date of completion
- Re-certify by repeating a live workshop at your current level – Certification good for 2 years from date of completion
- Complete a higher-level, live workshop in lieu of re-certifying at your current level – Certification good for 2 years from date of completion.
What if I don't re-certify?
A practitioner who does not maintain their certification is considered to have an expired certification. An expired certification indicates that a practitioner is not current in their training and not in compliance with Institute policy. Therefore the practitioner will be removed from our website Directory and Membership indefinitely or until such time that practitioner is reinstated by re-certification, or takes in person, the next higher level certification course.
After a certification expires, the practitioner may not state or otherwise imply verbally, online, or in any communication that they are currently certified in Fascial Stretch Therapy, nor may they use any FST marks or logos whether or not they were previously permitted to do so, which could mislead the public into thinking that practitioner is certified. However as long as they do not mislead or misinform the public or other professionals that they are currently certified in FST, they may state that they were trained in FST or were formerly certified in FST.
A practitioner who does not maintain their certification may continue to practice FST with clients and patients as long as they do not misrepresent themselves as being currently certified in FST.
Are there payment plans?
No. 1/4 (one quarter or 25%) of the full tuition cost must be paid online at the time of registration. The balance is due 45 days prior to workshop start date, no exceptions. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Discover for payment. Sorry, payment plans are not available and remaining tuition balances* will be auto-deducted (from initial credit card used) 45 days prior to workshop start date. You may login to your member’s account to make payments towards your balance at any time, but you must first contact us for this arrangement.
*If final auto-payment declines, you will have 48 hours to contact us before your seat is opened to our waiting list and your tuition money paid thus far will be lost.
Is it possible to pay a tuition balance early?
Yes. You may login to your member’s account to pay your balance at any time:
- Log in to your FSTA member account
- On the Manage Profile Page Scroll down to “Invoices, Payments & History” section
- Click on the “Invoices” icon
- Pay your invoice
If you choose not to pay your balance early, tuition balances will be auto-deducted 45 days prior to workshop start date, taken from the credit card used at the time of registration.
Does STW accept wire transfers, checks, PayPal, or cash for payment?
No. Payments must be made with one of the following major credit card: Visa, MasterCard or American Express. No checks, cash or wire payments will be accepted.
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Are loans or scholarships available?
Not at this time.
Can students use their G.I. Bill?
Not at this time.
Is there a discount for Veterans?
Yes! Veteran discounts apply only to living Veterans who have served and does not apply to or include relatives of Veterans. We offer a $500.00 Veteran discount that may be applied to our Level 1, 2 or 3 workshops and a $50.00 discount that may be applied to LifeStretch workshops. Proof of current Veteran status must be submitted prior to registering to receive the discount code. Please email email@example.com with a copy of your Veteran photo ID card.
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Do students need to register with their state tax office?
Each state has different tax laws. Please consult a tax attorney for guidelines.
Is it necessary to start an LLC?
As independent contractors it is entirely up to everybody how they wish to list their business. For more advice, please consult a small business adviser.
Where do students purchase insurance for FST?
This is a list of a few insurance companies you may try*:
Massage Magazine Plus offers insurance:
This company insures kinesiologists and other bodyworkers in most states:
NACAM (National Association for Complementary and Alternative Medicines) provides insurance for different modalities:
Healthcare Providers Service Organization
Healing Touch Professional Association:
Your associations may also cover FST, please check with an insurance carrier.
*We do not endorse, nor are associated with any of these companies.
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Once somebody is certified can they teach the technique?
No. Teaching FST is not allowed and will be cause for legal action. An IPA (Intellectual Property Agreement) regarding our proprietary workshop course content must be signed prior to attending any workshop.
Is private training offered?
Not at this time.
What notable organizations, athletes or celebrities use FST?
We have a document list available for download here. This list may change - check it again in the near future!
Can pregnant women attend a workshop?
Yes; however, only those who are medically cleared to to lie supine & prone can register.
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Is a background in anatomy required to take a workshop?
Our prerequisite is that you must be thoroughly familiar with functional anatomy beyond simple academic knowledge. If that is not the case with you, then we require you to become basically familiar with fascial anatomy as described in this book (or Kindle) which can be purchased at Amazon.com: Anatomy Trains
Do students have to be currently practicing in their profession to take a workshop?
No. Students may still take a workshop if they have prior certifications or licenses and are not currently practicing.
Can registration be completed by phone?
No. Registrations must be completed online through the website.
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Can students “hold” a spot and register later?
No. Since workshops sell out so far in advance, this is not an option.
Can students register and then put down a deposit or pay later?
No, deposits are not accepted. 1/4 (one quarter) of the full tuition is due upon registration.
If a workshop is sold out is there a waiting list?
Yes. Once a workshop is sold out, an online waiting list will appear for you to register into.
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Can FST be done as a stand-alone therapy?
Yes, FST is a stand-alone therapy; many former graduates have built practices designed around FST, while others have incorporated it into their current practices.
What is the difference between FST and Myofascial Release?
As stated by John Barnes, PT, one of the originators of myofascial release, “Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.” (http://www.myofascialrelease.com).
Fascial Stretch Therapy (or FST) is a very different approach developed by Ann and Chris Frederick:
Stretch to Win - Fascial Stretch Therapy® is a neuromyofascial manual therapy that focuses on the connective tissue system rather than isolated muscle treatment. We assess passive, active and resisted movements in functional positions as well as on the treatment table. The approach starts with assessment and treatment where needed at the deepest part of the connective tissue system - the joint capsule. It progresses through all the layers of fascia, ending with the superficial layer. Where the central or peripheral nervous system is restricted or not optimal in movement, proper neural mechanics is restored. Muscles that were inhibited are activated while those that are over activated are normalized. Finally home program prescription follows so that the client/patient becomes an active partner on their journey to wellness or sport performance.