Structural Tissue Mobility
STM stands for Structural Tissue Mobility, and is a special type of session that is only offered to active Members at Move Physio. The STM session “looks” like a cross between a Physio treatment and a (very targeted) massage. The session is structured in a familiar way: Pre-Test – Treat – Post-Test:
What are STM benefits?
Pain often stems from compressed tissues. STM frees the layers of soft tissue, eliminating the compression and reducing pain.
Improved circulation helps improve healing and progresses recovery.
Improving mobility of the soft-tissue layers will provide an instant upgrade to the body’s flexibility.
Enhanced mobility allows for greater expression of movement, strength, power and speed.
STM Sessions are Only accessible via the Move Physio Membership.
STM – FAQs
The cost of the 90-minute Structural Tissue Mobility session is $299 and is only available for Clients with an active Move Physio Membership.
The short answer is NO. While the table is heated and sheets are used for draping, the techniques used during STM are specific, layer-by-layer and meant to address the dysfunctions found during the evaluation.
STM is a standalone evaluation and treatment session that are not specifically oriented toward your original symptoms (although they can be included). The regions found during the STM evaluation may highlight areas in your body that have not been addressed in your ongoing Treatment sessions. Also, the targeted tissues only include the skin, fascia and muscles…the nerves, blood vessels, organs and other tissues will not be addressed here.
You’ll actively perform several full-body, functional movement patterns that each determine general mobility as well as highlight specific areas of soft-tissue restriction to be addressed in the treatment.
The treatment techniques begin at the skin-level, assessing and treating how the skin slides on the underlying tissues and structures. The techniques then progress deeper into the connective tissue, muscle and even around some boney prominences. Each technique is very specific and generally very comfortable. Except in rare circumstances, there should be no increase in pain during the STM session.
It is best to arrive for your session in loose-fitting clothes that are easy to slide on and off. During the session, you’ll want to have as much skin accessible as possible (like a massage). If you plan on keeping on any undergarments, it is recommended that you choose the smallest, loosest option to avoid extra coverage and soft-tissue “bunching” during movement. Sheets will be used for draping and modesty whenever possible (like a massage).
Always…for any session, including the STM session.