techniques used

A Soft Tissue Therapy treatment includes many different hands-on techniques, depending upon the client’s needs and preferences. Some of the techniques are explained in detail below. However, often the treatment is a mix of all of them. 

General Massage (Swedish Massage)
Massage is perhaps one of the oldest healing traditions. Many ancient peoples – including the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians – were convinced of the therapeutic properties of massage and used it to treat a variety of ailments. A general massage combines different stroke and movement techniques. One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. Other benefits are reduced muscle tension, improved circulation, stimulation of the lymphatic system, reduced anxiety, and depression.

Sports Massage
Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The techniques applied depend on the nature of the stage of training, competition, injury, or condition. Sport massage is a blend of techniques that aim to enhance performance and help overworked muscles to recover quickly.

Soft Tissue Release (STR)
STR is a special stretching technique that focuses on relieving tissue tension via the removal of fibrosis/adhesions which can develop in tissues as a result of overload due to repetitive use. The technique combines precise pressure with active or passive movement to restore range of motion.

Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
MET is a stretching technique that uses gentle muscle contractions to relax and lengthen muscles and normalize joint motion. It is an excellent technique to treat stiff joints and excess muscle tension due to overuse or strain. 

Neuro Muscular Techniques (NMT)
NMT is the manual application of specialized pressure to sensitive points such as myofascial trigger points or common tender points. The focus is on deactivating these sensitive points and normalizing imbalances in hypertonic and/or fibrotic tissue.

Positional Release Technique (PRT)
PRT is a gentle technique that uses a position of comfort of the body, its appendages, and its tissues to relax hypertonic tissue. Simplified: PRT unkinks tissues much as one would a knotted necklace, by gently twisting and pushing the tissues together to take tension off the knot, untangle it and relieve pain.

Myofascial Release (MFR)
MFR is a treatment that releases tension in the fascia. Myofascial restriction can limit the mobility of the tissue, which can lead to chronic pain. The therapist locates the tension in the fascia and releases it by gently stretching the fascia, which will not only release the tension in the injured area but will also release tension throughout the whole body. The benefits may be numerous, with the possibility of an increased range of motion, better posture, and relief from pain and discomfort.

1:1 Pilates sessions
Pilates is a method of low-impact exercises that consists of mobility, flexibility, strengthening and endurance exercises. A 1:1 session is tailored to your specific needs to help you to achieve your desired goals. Whether it’s playing soccer with the grandchildren in the park, getting your back pain und control, mastering your first marathon, conquer the Three Peaks injury free or achieving a new PB in the next competition.

Corrective Exercises
These simple exercises, which can easily be done at home, address and fix movement compensations and imbalances to improve overall quality of movement during sport and everyday life. Soft tissue techniques can amongst others, reduce pain, restore muscle length and range of motion but it is essential to keep on working on improvement to manage the load that everyday movement or sports activities puts on your body.