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 short story longer...
This method takes into account the structural limitations of many clients, its makes efficient use of multi-pennate muscles, removes the difficulty of working in shallow areas of soft tissue, as well working in the abdominal region is no longer an issue. My favourite was discovering methods of working along the length of the spine, normally an awkward area to create movement, but 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, sensitivity and client enjoyment.
Despite knowing how effective this was, I could never explain how it worked physiologically, I just didn’t know, but over the years I witnessed positive results, then along came fascia and the research groups, they opened up the door to a whole new 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.