Soft Tissue Release (STR)

Soft tissue release (STR) is a technique used to apply stretches to specific parts of a muscle rather than to the whole muscle. If there are areas of scar tissue, adhesions or extra tightness within an otherwise healthy muscle, or if dealing with clients who are hyper flexible, STR can be performed to reach those particular fibres or small areas not ordinarily released through more general stretches. STR is a very useful tool that can be utilized independently or incorporated within your massage treatments to make them more effective and the benefits longer lasting.


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Course contents:

• The principle of STR and how to apply it to a muscle effectively and safely

• When to use STR, and when not to

• How to use STR over clothes

• How to use STR within a massage

• STR to major muscles (legs, arms, back, neck, chest, pelvic area)

• STR with client in prone, supine, side-lying and sitting positions.

You will be practising these stretches independently over clothes.

This will be a very practical day with plenty of opportunity to try out your new hands-on skills as well as experience the powerful benefits of STR stretches for yourself. Please wear comfortable loose clothing, and make sure you have NO NAILS, as we will be working deeply.

Suitable for therapists with basic A&P knowledge.


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Soft Tissue Release of Psoas. Tatina Semprini Workshops. Photo by Emma Kelly (
Soft Tissue Release of Latissimus Dorsi
Soft Tissue Release of Latissimus Dorsi