Structural Relief Therapy (SRT) is one of the advanced massage techniques that helps control involuntary muscle contraction, improves range of motion, and relieves pain, usually at the first therapy session.
SRT controls contractions of muscles by structurally realigning the muscles neurological signals to and from the brain.
SRT includes some of the same principles of Muscle Energy Technique (MET) and fascia release. It uses the basic ideas od shortening the muscle, rather than lengthening, or stretching, or simply adding pressure, to gently decrease muscle tension.
Benefits of Structural Relief Therapy (SRT)
Massage education often suggests therapy for tight, tension-filled muscles should be Deep Tissue massage or Trigger Point Therapy to return muscles to their normal function.
Stretching the muscle was the therapy that muscles needed, and the client's muscle pain would improve with a few sessions.
Many times however, clients return for their next session with very little improvement in pain and range of motion. So, therapists tend to wonder if the stretching or deep tissue work was really the most effective treatment method.
SRT suggest that gentle shortening of the muscle to basically stop muscle contraction, and the reprogramming of neurological signals of those muscles might work easier, and be much better for the client.
This is one of the massage videos that demonstrate this therapy, by the instructor who developed and teaches it, Taya Countryman.
Taya develop SRT over her career of 30+ years of practice with clients who had osteopathic issues that were difficult to understand. After many years of practice and study, she developed this easy-to-learn protocol.
SRT is a combination of many massage techniques, in addition to osteopathic methods, which create a release of pain and a return of normal functioning of muscle tissue.
It is helpful technique for many who experience chronic muscle problems, like Fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, whiplash, low back pain, sciatica, and many joint issues. It is also easy to include with other common massage techniques.
Taya teaches informative, hands-on classes that are fun and easy to learn. She helps students develop natural ways to understand and assess these issues in the body.