Transverse STR Massage - Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the principles of TSTR and how it differs from classical forms
  • Be able explain the theory and research behind the technique
  • Be able to explain the relationship of fascia in connection with TSTR
  • Understand the principle that less is more in order to achieve a more effective outcome
  • Be able to understand the application process and adapt it to your circumstance
  • Be able to apply an appropriate form of TSTR based on your clients tissue health
  • Understand how it compares to other stretching and mobility techniques
  • Be able to demonstrate TSTR homecare to clients




A Case Study:

Soft Tissue Release and ITB Syndome

Does stretching the ITB conjure up scenes of torture? For many clients it seems to be a rite of passage, if the treatment has not taken a client's breath away it can lead to doubts about how good a therapist is or how successful the treatment was.

This article will challenge the old school of thought that deeper is better and giving it a bit of elbow will sort it out. I am proposing a different intention, how to deliver the best treatment with minimal discomfort.

I will be demonstrating how Transverse Soft Tissue Release can offer an effective form of treatment while dispelling the 'deep is better' myth.
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Transverse STR Massage Workshop




Practical Workshop Comprehensive handout
1 day practical workshop
Advanced massage technique with global application
Creative and inspiring ideas your client will love
Effective fascial technique
Certificate of attendance
CPD points 7
Online Course

70+ high quality practical videos
Supporting documents
8 Powerpoint lectures
Downloadable handouts
Review quiz 
Unlimited access
New videos being uploaded regularly to inspire your creativity
Access to private forum
CPD points 5

The Story
Why transverse? Here is the short version of the story. My version of STR was conceived about 15 years ago when I started playing around with the angles, direction and methods of applying STR, I was trying to achieve a better outcome that required less effort on my part but felt better for my client. It turned out that the changes also proved to have a greater and more positive effect on the tissue. Why and how it worked I didn't understand or could reasonably explain, but encouraged by the results I continued to experiment with the new approach. I continue to use the classical form of STR wherein you apply your lock at a 45 degree angle towards the origin of the muscle and then move the limb passively or actively. There are benefits with this method but also significant limitations, so like most therapists, I continued to play around with it, developing my own style.

To make a long story short this method takes into account the structural limitations of hypermobile clients (including pregnant women), its application makes efficient use of multi-pennate muscles, no longer are shallow areas of muscle painful to work in and applying a lock to the abdominals isn't an issue. My favourite is working along the length of the spine, normally an awkward area to create movement in with control, but now with this approach you can release tension, adhesions and create space in the most restricted areas. The technique is based on the 'less is more principle' which provides greater control and sensitivity and client enjoyment.

While I was sharing this useful technique with people, I could never explain how physiologically it worked, I just didn't know, but I just witnessed positive results over the years, until along came fascia research groups and from that came the understanding, something you will learn about on the day. So if you want a technique that will effectively get the job done with ease, one that can easily be integrated into how you already work, this will do it.

I suspect you just might leave with the same passion for it as I have.


Option 1

Practical Workshop
& Online Course


Option 2




  • Practical Workshop Course dates & locations:
  • 5th November 2020, Thursday, Belfast
  • 17th November 2020, Tuesday in North London
  • 21st November 2020, Saturday in Bristol
  • 20th December 2020, Sunday in North London
  • 9th January 2021, Saturday in North London
  • 11th March 2021, Thursday in Shotton, Chester
  • 21st March 2021, Sunday in North London
  • 20th April 2021, Tuesday in North London 
  • 22nd April 2021, Thursday in Edinburgh
  • 14th August 2021, Saturday in North London
  • 2nd September 2021 Thursday in Inverness TBC
  • Alternatively at any time Susan can be booked for private tutorials at a rate of £80 per hour; please indicate if this is an option you would like on your application form or call the office to book a tutorial 020 8885 6062.



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