Soft tissue therapy requires an in-depth anatomy and physiology knowledge and involves range of movement, orthopaedic and muscle tests where necessary to inform the treatment. The massage element basically consists of deep tissue techniques, plus some others such as myofascial release. In addition, I use a range of other techniques that help to target problem areas, particularly various types of stretches to stretch and relax muscles, help to tackle fibrotic tissues and potentially improve posture. These stretches include soft tissue release, post-isometric relaxation, reciprocal inhibition and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF). These all sound very technical(!), but basically they each have a slightly different approach, often involving the neurological receptors in the muscles. I also use neuromuscular technique (NMT) / trigger point work to release points of tension, and this involves holding a point for up to a minute until the discomfort subsides. So it is quite an interactive form of therapy.