What is IASTM?

IASTM is Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. There are many types of instruments used for IASTM and the origins of the style of treatment dates back 700-1000 years. The original tools used in Gua Sha treatments were made of buffalo horn. Modern tools are manufactured from a spectrum of materials ranging from plastics to surgical grade stainless steel. A company based in Pennsylvania known as HawkGrips are currently the top of the line tools on the market. HawkGrips are made of state-of-the-art surgical stainless steel and consist of a variety of tools designed for treating specific areas of the human body.

How Does IASTM Work?

IASTM affects the fascial layers of tissue in the human body. Fascia covers the muscles as a whole, wraps individual muscles, separates different compartments of muscles, and can get adhered to itself and to any of the surrounding structures, such as, nerves and blood vessels. These “adhesions” can affect the contractibility of muscles, reduce blood flow – causing a decrease in the oxygenation of tissues, and can lead to the formation of scar tissue. Joint biomechanics can also be affected if the surrounding muscles are scarred down or adhered and their extensibility has become compromised. Chronic joint pain is often caused by adhesions in the fascia of the muscles that surround the affected joint. The joint cannot move correctly if the structures that are above and below the joint cannot move correctly.

Most simply stated, IASTM reduces or eliminates adhesions and scar tissue. By eliminating adhesions within the tissues that form the kinetic chains and biomechanical structures, the body can begin to move optimally. Restoring or increasing blood-flow and oxygenation to the tissues creates a healing environment for damaged or affected structures to be repaired.

IASTM also provides a deeper sense of feedback for the clinician who would otherwise solely be relying on what his/her hands were feeling. This increased feedback often leads to a better understanding of the condition being treated because the various causations are brought to light.

How IASTM is Used at Evolution.

Here at Evolution, we use the very best full platinum set of surgical grade stainless steel tools that Hawk-Grips offers. The results that we have seen both clinically and in increasing sport and movement performance have been paramount.

It is becoming very clear that IASTM is an integral component of the total prevention, rehabilitation and performance spectrum. Evolution’s professionals have combined IASTM with their state-of-the-art functional corrective exercises, performance programming and motor sequencing in cutting edge protocols where the results speak for themselves.



Evolution Human Performance & Rehabilitation is a fitness training facility with an all-encompassing approach to total physical well being. Visit our Facebook page and follow us to keep in touch.

View on Facebook

1 week ago

Evolution Human Performance and Rehabilitation

Embracing the cold (and the good vibes)! 🤙 As EVO prepares to host a Wim Hof Method Workshop on Saturday, June 23rd, we can’t help but look back on an incredible day this past April when several of us travelled to VA Beach to not miss out on a Wim Hof Method (WHM) Workshop with Dutch ice-water free diver and Wim Hof Method Instructor, Kiki Bosch and hosted by our friend Ryan Munsey of The Better Human Project podcast. Great day of learning, practice and comraderie! 🙏

EVO is stoked to share the WHM experience with attendees here in Winchester, VA in a little over a week! There are still some spots available - Sign up at bit.ly/2xcmrMk or message us at evosnc@gmail.com to register. Our workshop will be led by WHM Instructor and author of “Hacking Your Nervous System” Rob Hartman and Scott Dolly of EVO. #breathingmethod #mindset #coldexposure #bodyadaptation #consciousbreathing #increasedenergy #decreasedstress #immunesystemboost #wimhofmethod #innerpower #meditation #committment #icebath #innerfire #embracethediscomfort #primalbrain
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Can’t you just feel the love? (We think it might be breech.) Deadlifts and a DBall MetCon in today’s WOD here at EVO! 🌞Summer memberships and personal training with one of our E.P.I.C certified coaches available. Message us at evosnc@gmail.com to get started! #DBallhug #summergains #dballhold #dball #metcon #strengthandconditioning #corestrength #groupclasses #personaltraining #evostrong #epiccoaching #schoolsoutforsummer #evolutionhpr #winchesterva ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

3 weeks ago

Evolution Human Performance and Rehabilitation

EVO is very excited to be hosting a Wim Hof Method Workshop on Saturday, June 23rd 11:00am- 4:30pm with Scott Dolly of Evolution Human Performance & Rehabilitation and Wim Hof Method Certified Instructor, Rob Hartman.

Photos below are from a Wim Hof Method Fundamentals Workshop in Virginia Beach hosted by Ryan Munsey of The Better Human Project Podcast that several of us from Evolution attended. It was there that we met Instructor Rob Hartman, author of “Hacking Your Nervous System,” and knew we wanted to team up for bringing this one-of-a-kind biohacking event to EVO!

The Wim Hof Method taps into the hidden power of oxygen and cold exposure and rests on three distinct pillars that this workshop will teach you about:

Gradual Cold Exposure

The benefits of the Wim Hof Method include increased energy, boosted immune system, faster recovery and better sleep just to name a few. Learn how exposing your body to cold starts a cascade of health benefits including balanced hormone levels, reduced inflammation, and production of endorphins- the “feel good” chemicals in the brain that naturally elevate your mood.

Space is limited for this special event.
$199 General admission
$179 (discounted price) EVO members, military, first responders and dependents

REGISTRATION: for general and discounted registration use the event link at bit.ly/2xcmrMk.

... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook


130 Windy Hill Lane
Winchester, VA 22602
+1 540 550-4358


Monday – Friday: 6am – 8pm
Saturday: 8am – 12pm
Sunday: 9am – 12pm