About Soft Tissue Release (STR)
When administering most massage techniques, the tissues remain passive while the therapist glides through them or works on and across them. With STR, a specific position within the tissues is acquired and it is then the tissues themselves which are moved and elongated.
This makes textural assessment procedures easier. Therapists can pinpoint specific areas more quickly, particularly where there may be several muscle layers with fibres going in different directions. With the stretch, the fibres are re-arranged and elongated for efficient function. Complex soft tissue dysfunction, where many muscle groups and holding patterns are involved, can be remedied because of the specificity of the pressure and the stretch.