Although facilitated stretching is not massage or skeletal adjustment, clients report feeling deeply relaxed and straighter.
This technique helps you get more deeply into muscle and ligament fibres than is possible with ordinary stretching. It also works on fascia and movement lines. The goal is to free joints for proper function, and to help address tension and knotted areas blocking your physical efficiency.
Think of it a little like gymnastic or team stretching. You are part of the treatment instead of lying passively. However, since treatment is best fully clothed (stretchy fabrics) and does not require skin to skin contact or use massage oils, it's easy to schedule. I have a portable table. It can also be done with other surfaces, or even the floor and a yoga mat. It can be done on competition day, or a day you are going to train. You do not need to skip training or rest afterwards.
In this image, I am helping a rider at a National horse show get rid of some hip tightness in between her warm-up and competition.