Soft Tissue Release

Soft Tissue Release (STR) is the combination of movement and manipulation. It is a wonderful technique that produces safe and effective results very quickly in a wide variety of treatment situations.


Learn this technique and you will extend your ‘repertoire’ and make your treatments more effective! It helps to restore normal flexibility to a muscle and  is particularly useful when a muscle becomes very tense and shortened. You will usually use STR after you have ‘warmed up’  and muscle with lighter techniques such as effleurage.


Soft Tissue Release is a method of lengthening muscles therefore helping to overcome overall muscle imbalances. You can administer the technique simply by applying and maintaining a pressure, or `locking` into the relevant tissues whilst simultaneously stretching away aligning fibres.  It is adaptable and you can incorporate it into any basic massage routine PLUS you can use through clothing.  As a result, you will discover that these techniques will complement your on-site work, such as Indian Head Massage.

Course Details

If you have attended the MSCM Effective Stretching workshop you will have been introduced to this technique as one of many ways to stretch muscles. On this STR workshop, you will learn how to incorporate soft tissue release into a routine. You will discover how to apply STR through clothing and through towels, improving your palpation skills and will enjoy combining deep STR with oil massage.


The workshop will cover the following:


  • Soft Tissue Release (STR)
  • What it is: how it works: when to use it
  • Benefits and application of passive: active: weight-bearing techniques
  • Some specific releases for upper and lower body
  • Some quick ‘fixes’ through clothing and self-treatments
  • Safety notes & contra-indications

Who Can Attend?

This workshop is designed for practitioners qualified in Massage Therapy, Physiotherapy, Sports Massage and/or Sports Therapy.

Recognition by Professional Associations

Widely accepted by most Professional Bodies. If you are not already registered with a Professional Body and would like to do so here are some useful links – ICGTCtHA, FHT.


For stand alone insurance Westminster

More Information

The content of this workshop is largely practical and therefore you will be required to wear appropriate clinic workwear for the duration of the course. During the session you will practise on each other under the supervision of the tutor who will offer guidance and feedback.


Duration: 3 hours


Course fees include the following:


  • All class tuition
  • A comprehensive course manual
  • An MSCM Certificate of Attendance for your professional portfolio
  • 3 cpd points
  • Tea and coffee throughout the day
  • Use of Massage Couch on the course


You may also find the MSCM Effective Stretching workshop very beneficial – details.


Tutor: Anita Snowball – see our MSCM Tutor Page

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Course Dates

October 2024 - Saturday 19th October - 10am - 1pm

Cost: £50.00 (+VAT)

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