Lincoln Park, Chicago
2640 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60614

Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST)

Muscle and joint repair

Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is a system of assisted stretching which focuses on the muscles, joints, and connective tissue. With the client on a treatment table, the therapist will help you stabilize your body as you are gently helped into specific stretches to help facilitate relaxation and movement into your joints and body.


Katie graduated with her B.S. in Exercise Science in 2006. After graduating, she became certified through ACSM with the Health Fitness Specialist certification. She has been working with Jim Karas Intelligent Fitness & Wellness for 16 years. She also has a mat Pilates certification through STOTT Pilates and is Pre/Post Natal certified. In 2019 she became certified in Fascial Stretch Therapy through the Stretch to Win Institute in Arizona. In 2021 she went back and received her Level 2 FST certification. Katie has been married for 10 years and has an 8 year old son, a 5 year old daughter, and a giant fur baby bullmastiff.


50% off your first session with Katie! PLEASE EMAIL KATIE DIRECTLY TO BOOK:
50% off your first session with Katie! PLEASE EMAIL KATIE DIRECTLY TO BOOK:

Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is an effective technique that uses assisted stretches and tissue work to help improve your flexibility and mobility. Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) helps to restore and maintain the overall health of the musculoskeletal and neurological systems. While the technique was popularized with athletes, it is equally beneficial for people of all ages and levels of physical activity.

Clients of Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) will benefit from an increased range of motion, pain relief, muscular balance, less risk of injury, improved posture, increased energy, improved circulation and decreased joint impingement.


1. Increase Range of Motion & Optimal Flexibility

2. Muscular Balance and Symmetry

3. Improved Movement Performance

4. Reduced Pain

5. Reduced Risk of Injury

6. Improved Posture

7. Improved Muscle Function

8. Improved Circulation

9. Decrease Compression and Impingement in the Joints

10. Improved Energy

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50% off your first session with Katie! PLEASE EMAIL KATIE DIRECTLY TO BOOK:



We have a 24-hour cancellation policy for FST services, and a credit card will be required to hold your appointment. Thank you.

Taylor N
"Everyone at Chicago Cryospa are always so friendly and professional. I’m usually on my way home from the west loop and in need of recovery, and everyone does their absolute best to fit me in. This was especially true yesterday. The two ladies there are so incredibly friendly and helpful".
Drew G
"Let me just start off by saying Racie is a true boss on the massage table! I had a knot so big in my shoulder she was calling it my little brother lol. Not only was she easy to communicate with she was very intuitive as to what it was I was experiencing and able to take the right approach to get things feeling better. I did deep tissue and boy oh boy does she have hands the Vikings would respect. Let me tell you it was a good hurt though if you know how that goes. Never felt as if she was doing more damage than good and when it came to certain areas of current or past injuries she kindly eased up upon request. The atmosphere itself was one I had never experienced either. Not only did they have a perfect temped bed/room, the music was relaxingly enjoyable, and they also had this cool lighting that made it look like you were lost in the universe. Truly great experience with Racie!!!! Highly recommend!! Now as far as the rest of the place goes it was nothing short of top notch customer service. Anne, Brittany, and Sampson were all very accommodating and definitely made me feel very comfortable. They have many services that I had never experienced before and at no point did I feel pressured or rushed during each one. Each of them took the time to answer any questions or concerns that I may have had, making feel like I was in good hands. My Chicago CryoSpa visit was definitely one I won’t forget and my little brother is basically gone now!! Thanks again Racie"
Susan L
"There are other cryotherapy places around, but this is the best one. Plus they have other services, like massage - and other services you might really like. Also, if it's your first time, they have some really great deals to try their services. Highly recommend".
Sabrina T
"Great experience at CryoSpa ! Sampson was great, the facility was clean, each treatment was personalized and I felt amazing. I’ll definitely be back"!
Ayat S
"Amazing Experience! Tried almost every service they provide and was extremely satisfied with everything! I felt very rejuvenated after leaving. Staff were also very kind, informative and attentive! will definitely be coming back! Thank you for a wonderful experience"!
Alyssa C
"Incredible! Whenever I use the services I always leave feeling amazing"!!!
"From the treatments to the staff, everything is 10 out of 10".
Marianne K
An LET treatment with Stephanie is a master class in health and wellness. Her knowledge of the body and anatomy and especially, how critical the lymphatic system is to optimum health is fascinating—and life changing. I felt the changes in my body right away and the next day, couldn’t believe the change in my face! Thank you, Jim Karas for your expertise and taste and vision in giving us Stephanie and her LET treatments. From the incomparable Ann and the best staff in town to greet you, Chicago CryoSpa is a Chicago treasure!
"Great experience and Kendall was awesome at explaining everything and providing amazing customer service. I will be back".
Martha K
"I have been going to the Chicago Cryo Spa for many years, love the services and the people. Recently I started LET sessions with Stephanie, it was amazing! Not only is it one of the most relaxing experiences but also the health benefits are amazing. I highly recommend trying the services at Chicago Cryo spa, especially LET"!
Sam B
I had my first experience at Cryospa yesterday, directly following a 95 mile bike ride. As an avid cyclist and weight lifter, I'm always looking for new ways to apologize to my poor joints and muscles, so the concept of putting myself in a subzero tank for three minutes was both intriguing and exciting. I have to say, after being "frozen", and having some compression therapy, I woke up the next morning and my normally tired and achy legs felt amazing. One of the benefits of the cold therapy is rapid muscle recovery.
Heather K
It was my first time trying a fascial stretch. My muscles felt sore before the stretch and after I felt like a whole new person. I left feeling balanced, less stressed, more flexible, and my muscle pain (because of this service) was corrected and ready to take on future workouts!
Ashley A
My mom and I were very impressed! We had such a great experience at Chicago CryoSpa! Great staff! Super clean and welcoming facility! Top notch equipment, and the first cryo center in Chicago! The founder is extremely knowledgeable around health and wellness and not only practices what he preaches, he writes books as well! My mom bought one and can’t put it down. We will 100% be back!!
Yvette C
They supply everything and the infrared helped me feel brand new. I usually just get a massage when I feel sore, but this was a great option when I couldn't get in to see my therapist. Clean, modern and helpful staff. They have a rainfall shower with shower gel and simple amenities, it was nice!
Mike K
I can say that I have A LOT More energy for 24 hours after treatments. I also think that I am less sore the following day after a workout
Heather W
The Cryo T-Shock is truly amazing! The T-Shock is the real deal! I did the full 5 treatments on my stomach and started to notice that my little pouch looked a bit tighter after my 3rd session... so I kept going.
Rita T
Such amazing customer service! Ann was amazing….so informative and friendly! 😊

Frequently Asked Questions

Is FST like massage, yoga or pilates?

FST is completely different yet perfectly compatible with other methods of therapy and training.

Why is FST different from the stretching I can do on my own?

Tractioning joints is a huge part of making this therapy work. 50% of your mobility is sitting in your joint, which is something uneasily released through stretching your own muscles and tissues. Because FST tractions the joint in the beginning of every stretch, you are able to get 50% more mobility than you would on your own. That openness at the base of the stretch then carries through to the tissues, all the way out to the end of your limb. 

What is an FST session like?

FST is done on the massage table with no sheets or lotion. The client wears comfy and flexible clothing. An ideal, full body session runs for 60 minutes.

50% off your first session with Katie! PLEASE EMAIL KATIE DIRECTLY TO BOOK:



We have a 24-hour cancellation policy for FST services, and a credit card will be required to hold your appointment. Thank you.