Knots 'n Knead Massage Therapy

Soft Tissue Release

One of the Most Effective Therapies

Soft Tissue Release (STR) is the "father" of all the recent "release techniques" and has developed into one of the most effective therapies for all types of acute and chronic pain.




Soft Tissue Release (STR) is a dynamic, highly effective technique that has an immediate and powerful effect on muscle and connective tissue. STR is a combination of Myofascial Release, Therapeutic Massage, and Active Assisted Stretching.  The technique involves applying precise pressure during a specific stretch performed in multiple planes of movement.  The goal is to appeal to the autonomic nervous system in a way that leads to spontaneous release of the injured muscle, this regaining the original resting length of that muscle. The result: fast and permanent reorganization of scar tissue, the targeted muscle(s) return to the proper resting length, muscle imbalances are corrected, associated pain is decreased or eliminated altogether, and muscle performance is improved.  Results are often obtained quickly and permanently.  These techniques can be applied to soft tissue injuries in both acute and chronic situations.



Active Release Therapy evolved from this modality. ART can be very painful, and the goal of STR is to have more gain, with minimal pain. Many of the techniques can be modified for at home stretching, which will be taught to you during the session.


If you are wanting this type of treatment, it is suggested you bring a pair of shorts and a tank top or sports bra. The table will not have sheets on it. You are actively involved during this treatment.  


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