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Stellar Strength and Wellness  
is a business that offers Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching, DCT and John F. Barnes Myofascial Release. ( JFB MFR)

Stellar Strength and Wellness  is committed to consistently putting every client first. We enjoy working closely with each client and work with elite athletes as well as people with the goal of standing up with ease. 

We are  highly trained practitioners in the art of Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching; Master Trainer,  DCT and John F. Barnes Myofascial Release.  We design programs specific to each clients needs in order to help them achieve extremely specific goals. Stellar Strength does not treat symptoms, we get to the root of the problem, to allow you to heal from the inside out.
Founder and Owner,  Estelle Harford, strongly believes in the facilitation of Functional Training. Which is defined as, training in a style that mimics activities and movements important to properly function in daily life. The practice of Ki-Hara and  JFB MFR align with these beliefs, and they are completely customizable. This type of work allows one to function with less pain and restrictions in everyday life. In turn, this therapeutic work results in less injury and significantly less pain.
Estelle Harford has quickly become known as Chicago's premier "Integrative Stretch Therapist." Stellar Strength and Wellness focuses on program design that allows complete customization. Regardless if your goal is  rehabilitation and realignment through resistance stretching and myofascial release, muscle tone and definition, overall increases in true flexibility or reduction of pain, athletic performance enhancement and rebalancing the body, Stellar Strength can help. 

Estelle also incorporates very intricate John F. Barnes Myofascial Release in her work. Fascia is tough connective tissue that is prevalent in your entire body. It is a three dimensional web that winds around everything, providing stability and cushion to your movements. Tight fascia restricts movement and causes many problems throughout your body. Increasing pain, reducing mobility and range of motion. It greatly effects your posture and can cause tremendous amounts of pain when restricted. Releasing the constricted fascia allows your body to return to the structure it should have; increasing elasticity, reducing dense collagen. Working with a certified JFB MFR practitioner is the absolute best way to assure that you are getting the highest level of expertise when it comes to healing your body. Myofascial Release is a safe, hands-on soft tissue mobilization technique that facilitates an expansion of the restricted fascia.

Myofascial restrictions occur from trauma, surgery, emotional stress, environmental stress and inflammatory processes. These restrictions can produce pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch. Essentially this creates a structure that loses its ability to move. Standard tests do not show fascial restrictions. ( X-Ray, CAT scan...) It doesn't matter how long you have been experiencing this pain or restriction, JFB MFR can help release these traumatic chronic issues.
Resistance Stretching is best defined as using both concentric and eccentric (flexion and extension) movements while "flexing" the muscles against a gentle force. As a certified Master Trainer, Estelle will move your body through all planes of motion while you "resist" against her. By resisting while moving, you have the ability to protect your joints, increase true flexibility and eliminate the probability of over-stretching. When working in this very specific way, you are strengthening and stretching the muscle in one safe movement. By truly increasing flexibility one can prevent injury while building muscle. You need your body to have proper range of motion in order to complete the tasks you consistently ask it to do.

The ability to combine both of these methods is what truly sets Stellar Strength apart from traditional protocols. No two sessions are alike, as your body will tell what it needs. This can be as therapeutic as you need.

Stellar Strength and Wellness believes that training clients in the privacy of their own homes eliminates any intimidation that many people seem to feel is a deterrent for visiting a traditional gym or studio. However, if that isn't how you like to work, we operate on a limited basis out of a space in Chicago as well.

Estelle has personally experienced firsthand the incredible benefits from Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching, and JFB Myofascial Release. She is amazed every single day with the advancement of her clients, as well as incredible changes in herself.  She sees clients with a multitude of concerns, ranging from Multiple Sclerosis, Scoliosis, Plantar Fasciitis, Arthritis, neck, back and shoulder problems, hip disfunction, Migraine Headaches, knee pain, TMJ, disc problems, sports related injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fybromialgia, Myofascial Pain, Carpal Tunnel, pelvic problems, and many other conditions. She also works with elite Ironman athletes, Ironman Kona athletes, marathon runners and professional athletes. 

"Everyone should have the tools available to positively take responsibility for their health and impact their life in a positive direction. We should not feel overwhelmed by the information. We should all be able to live as pain free as possible" says Estelle. 

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