How Does ART Differ From Deep Tissue Massage or Rolfing?

Deep Tissue Massage and Rolfing alike use a kneading motion or DEEP PRESSURE to try to SMASH the adhesion. ART uses a lighter pressure and 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.

ART differs from massage and rolfing in it that it uses friction and tension to tear the adhesion away, rather than to just smash it. While rolfing or massage can bring temporary relief to adhesion-related problems, ART will bring permanent resolution to adhesions.

Because ART 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.

Active Release Technique (ART) Rolfing / Deep Tissue Massage
Uses Tension and Friction Uses Heavy Pressure
Tears or shears adhesion Attempts to smash adhesion
Safe on surrounding healthy tissue May damage surrounding healthy tissue
Breaks adhesion permanently, the body metabolizes the broken adhesion Reduces muscle tension, but does not break adhesion
Usually brings permanent resolution Usually brings temporary relief