On Sunday 11th November, we are joined by our resident massage therapist Harriet Morgan-Thompson, for a wonderful soft tissue release workshop.


What is the difference between massage and soft tissue release?

Soft Tissue Release isn’t actually a form of massage but a technique used to release soft tissue. As it’s done fully clothed it doesn’t use oil or glide across the skin like massage does, so is ideal for people who aren’t keen on the invasive nature of traditional massage as there is no skin on skin contact.

Most massage treatments are characterised by the passive state of body tissues as these tissues are handled, stroked, kneaded, and manipulated. In soft tissue release, the tissues are instead held in distinct positions and then moved or lengthened, we use active methods to achieve relief. This approach makes it easier for us to assess the texture, tightness, and movement of the tissues. Practitioners are then often able to identify specific areas in need of treatment, particularly when they are addressing areas with multiple layers of muscle fibres moving in different directions.

Is soft tissue release just used for injury?

Not at all, it’s actually a way to prevent injury. It realigns the body to its natural position so is often used to correct posture and restore balance. This in itself can release tension and reduce tightness, but can also be very relaxing. Much like stretching it’s a case of locking into the muscle before someone stretches it themselves – so this practice is perfect for yogis.

Soft Tissue Release can be used to address muscular tension points and imbalances, restricted joint movement, posture and balance issues, and general strains.

What parts of the body will we be working with throughout the session? 

We will be exploring these techniques on the neck, shoulders, and feet.

Who is this workshop aimed towards, and what will students take away from the session? 

This workshop will teach you techniques to provide soft tissue releases for personal or professional use; paying particular attention to the neck, shoulders and feet to encourage natural alignment. These skills will benefit anyone with an interest in learning about different forms of massage therapy and wanting to gain a deeper understanding of additions to stretching. No prior experience is necessary to attend this workshop – all levels are welcome. You can expect to leave this workshop feeling educated; relaxed and cared for.

What is your favourite part of being a massage therapist and working with Yoga Kula?

My favourite part of being a Massage Therapist is helping people feel better, so to work with the collaboratively supportive team at Kula enables me to do that. Yoga Kula provides a wonderfully welcoming and relaxing environment, and it’s lovely to be a part of it.


Book your space on this wonderful workshop by clicking here.

To book an appointment with Harriet or to see the range of massages we offer at Yoga Kula, click here.