What Separates Advanced Muscle Release Techniques From Other Therapies

AMRT is NOT Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
Although AMRT and Massage Therapy work extremely well together as adjunctive therapies, massage therapy, by itself does not effectively address issues related to scar tissue. Deep Tissue Massage (e.g. Rolfing) uses a kneading motion or DEEP PRESSURE to try to SMASH the adhesion. AMRT uses a lighter pressure while generating more tension onto the scar tissue. This creates a lot more FRICTION to TEAR the adhesion.

Scar tissue adhesion is very resilient – it is very, very difficult to break up by ‘crushing’ it. It is about like trying to break up a piece of bubble gum by stepping on it repeatedly – it is just too elastic, resilient, and sticky. Only by generating tremendous amounts of tension can the adhesion be effectively and permanently removed.

AMRT differs from deep tissue massage in it that it uses friction and tension to tear the adhesion away, rather than to just smash it. While deep tissue techniques such as Rolfing can bring temporary relief to adhesion-related problems, AMRT will bring permanent resolution to adhesions.

Because AMRT uses much less pressure, and a lot more tension, there is less likelihood of damaging healthy tissue. Rolfing and aggressive deep tissue massage can quite often damage healthy tissue, and lead to internal bleeding and hence MORE ADHESION.

Most soft tissue techniques also DO NOT follow the entire length of the soft tissue structure NOR do they identify restrictions at different depths and levels of the tissue. AMRT aims to return complete translation and motion to the FULL LENGTH of the affected soft tissue and its adjacent structures. This means COMPLETE freedom of motion for the ENTIRE restricted structure in relationship to ALL adjacent structures!!


Advanced Muscle Release Therapy

Rolfing / Deep Tissue Massage

checkboxUses Tension and Frictioncheckbox Uses Heavy Pressure
checkboxTears or shears adhesionscheckbox Attempts to smash adhesions
checkboxSafe on surrounding healthy tissuescheckbox May damage surrounding healthy tissues
checkboxBreaks adhesions permanently, the body metabolizes the broken adhesionscheckbox Reduces muscle tension, but does NOT break adhesions