Promoting Health and Fitness through Massage, Stretching, and Education

Book: Facilitated Stretching

Facilitated Stretching,4th Edition with online video
PNF Stretching and Strengthening Made Easy
by Robert E. McAtee & Jeff Charland

About the Book

Facilitated Stretching, Fourth Edition With Online Video, remains the most trusted resource for proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching, an effective and easy-to-use method that involves stretching the muscle, contracting it isometrically against resistance, and then stretching it again to increase range of motion. Featuring a full-color interior, streamlined organization, and a new online video package, the fourth edition brings PNF stretching beyond the treatment room with the inclusion of techniques for the gym, workout room, and home.

The fourth edition offers a visual demonstration of PNF stretching techniques with more than 320 photos and illustrations. It includes these updates:

  • A full-color interior provides readers with clear images of the techniques discussed
  • Graphic elements on selected photos highlight the muscles being stretched as well as the isometric effort for the stretcher and the partner
  • Reorganization streamlines the content into two parts, first focusing on the basics and then covering stretches
  • Expanded content demonstrates how to incorporate stretches, including strengthening routines, into nontherapy workouts to optimize functional training
  • An appendix showcases anatomical planes of motion, anatomical terms, and types of joints
  • Online high-definition video presents both treatment room techniques and simplified PNF stretches for nontherapy settings

Facilitated Stretching, Fourth Edition, examines techniques and guidelines for PNF stretches in a variety of settings. Stretches are demonstrated on a treatment table, mat on the floor, chair, cable-pulley machine, and weightlifting bench. Stretches are grouped according to each joint, and the majority of the stretches include both a partner stretch version and a self-stretch version. The accompanying online video then demonstrates more than 90 of these stretches to reinforce proper technique for each stretch as well as four sample stretching routines. Visual icons in the book indicate which stretches are shown in the video.

As in previous editions, specific routines are included for cycling, golf, running, swimming, throwing and racket sports, and now ice hockey. It also includes general stretches for everyday use, plus stretches for those with “rusty hinges.” These ready-made stretching routines make it easy to incorporate facilitated stretching into a workout regimen and take the guesswork out of organizing a stretching routine to match the needs of a specific sport.

For accomplished athletes or those just beginning a fitness program, the regular use of facilitated stretching can help improve flexibility and coordination and boost performance and enjoyment of sports. Manual therapists, massage therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, sport physicians, and coaches will find valuable information and techniques for optimizing flexibility, coordination, and performance. Facilitated Stretching, Fourth Edition, provides access to the latest PNF stretching techniques to help assess current muscle function, improve range of motion, increase strength, address overuse injuries, and enhance performance.

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About the Authors

Robert McAtee, BA, LMT, CSCS, C-PT, has been a sport massage therapist since 1981, specializing in sport and orthopedic massage therapy. Since 1988 he has maintained an active international sport massage practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

McAtee has been using facilitated stretching techniques with clients and athletes since 1986. He teaches facilitated stretching and sport massage seminars throughout the United States and internationally to massage therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, chiropractors, Olympic-caliber athletes and coaches, and amateur athletes.

McAtee received his massage training at the Institute for Psycho-Structural Balancing (IPSB) in Los Angeles and San Diego (1981-82) and through the Sports Massage Training Institute (SMTI) in Costa Mesa, California (1986). He holds a BA in psychology from California State University (1974), is nationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork (1992), and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (1998) and certified personal trainer. He has been an active member of the American Massage Therapy Association since 1988.

A keynote speaker and featured presenter at numerous national and international conventions, McAtee also regularly presents workshops nationally and internationally on the topics of facilitated stretching, massage, and soft-tissue injury care. For more information, please contact him at:

Pro-Active Massage Therapy
1119 N. Wahsatch Ave., Suite 1
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 USA
Tel: 719-641-8987

Jeff Charland, PT, ATC, CSCS, GDMT, was a 1983 graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison physical therapy program, where he also competed as a varsity wrestler on a scholarship. Beginning in 1987, Charland lectured in the areas of sports medicine, rehabilitation, and assessment and treatment of neural tissue disorders. He was a team trainer and traveled internationally with the U.S. Judo and U.S. Wrestling Federations’ national and Olympic teams.

Charland completed the graduate program in manipulative therapy at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, under the direction of Bob Elvey, a world-renowned physiotherapist. He was a certified athletic trainer through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In 1997, he earned a certification in active release techniques. He also served as director of a sport physical therapy clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Charland passed away in December 2004; however, his contributions to previous editions were significant and continue to be appreciated.

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What Others Are Saying

“Facilitated Stretching serves the elite athlete and the weekend warrior well. Bob McAtee has worked on my aches and pains a dozen or so times over the years. He’s one of the finest!”

Harvey S. Newton, CSCS
Executive Director
National Strength and Conditioning Association (review of previous edition)

“Facilitated Stretching is an excellent contribution to the art and science of manual therapy. Bob McAtee provides a technically sound, easy-to-follow approach to therapeutic muscle stretching. I highly recommend it.”

Robert K. King
Founder and President of Chicago School of Massage Therapy
Author of Performance Massage (review of previous edition)


Textbook for massage therapy, athletic training, and other related courses; reference for sports medicine and fitness professionals, therapists, coaches, and athletes.

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