I’ve been practicing and instructing manual, massage and holistic medicine since 1986. Curious to find out more about my therapeutic background, or how I became a Manual Therapy Professional? Read more about my professional experience below.
Since the inception of Integrative Fascial Release 1995, Integrative Soft-Tissue Release 2009 and now Fascial Therapy 2016.
Steven Goldstein has committed himself to delivering excellence in touch therapies.
Current international organisers:
with Club Physio, Steven is delivering courses in Europe (Poland) UK (Ireland-Britain) Middle East (Dubai), South Africa and India (Mumbai).
with Blend Therapy & Training in Wigan, UK.
with Myofascial Release UK, in Edinburgh, Scotland & Bristol, UK.
with Jing Institute of Advanced Trainings in Brighton, UK.
Began my career at the Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattle, Washington in 1986.
Began my teaching career at the Seattle Massage School in April 1992 till late 1998.
Began instruction in Melbourne, Australia at first the Melbourne College of Natural Medicine, which changed to the Australian College of Natural Medicine, then finally to Endeavour College of Natural Health from 2001-2012
Finally taught with the Southern School of Natural therapies in Fitzroy-Melbourne from 2012-2017
Throughout all of those institution instructional periods, I taught my eclectic hybrid blend of myofascial releasing methods throughout the world; in the USA, Canada, UK, Scotland, Ireland, Poland, south Africa, India, Dubai UAE, & hopefully in 2020 in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
Fascial Therapy assesses the connective tissue form of the body, primarily myofasica, yet the tensional interplay with all soft-tissue including ligament, joints, tendon and neural structures are necessary ever mindful of the autonomic nervous system. The nervous system is the primary focus in regards to releasing soft-tissue.
How this is achieved is through lighter application of touch, to facilitate sensory receptor response in all the various soft-tissue.
All soft-tissue release is predicated on the discharge phenomena of the autonomic nervous system. (Shea 1995)
I do treat all types of muscular dysfunctions, but unlike massage therapists who usually treat directly where the site of pain is indicated, this is a muscle centric and short sighted approach.
All soft-tissue must be assessed for its relationship with 'why' the area is in pain, and why the muscle is tight? Muscle tightness and pain are associated with some imbalance in the overall system.
The relationship of all soft-tissue contribute to the pain and tension in the muscle tissue. Understanding a global approach to to treat local conditions is the hallmark of this approach.
This is accomplished by blending the assessment and release of global lines of myofascial tension (Myers) (Schleip) (Paoletti), with articular receptor facilitation to unwrap and unwind soft-tissue with little or no force.
Palpating hands should become as sensitive as a vision impaired person.
Applying functional assessments in a three dimensionally manner integrate, both local and whole body findings.
Because of different load and force demands, assessments work best by separating out the effects of the four primary positions (standing, seated, prone & supine) and the four primary motions (side bending, rotation, flexion and extension)
The site of pain is not always where the problem lies.
Karel Lewis, famous Czech physiotherapist of the late 20th century stated,
” if you treat the site of pain only, you are lost.
Releases are more efficient when the patient is completely relaxed.
Releases use both direct and indirect approaches.
Tightness is the focus for all releases. Sometimes pain and tightness correlate, often they do not. Palpation is the only way of knowing.
Barriers, both direct and indirect, are released using the combination of direct and indirect maneuvers.
Direct maneuvers tranverse relative short motion ranges to end points. Joints and soft-tissue feel tight and compressed; the end feel is quite firm.
Indirect maneuvers seek end points by traversing longer ranges of motion reciprocal to the direct.