Active Release Technique (ART)

Active Release Technique (ART) sessions at Lift

Prevent and treat sports injuries and mobility issues so you can get back to performing at your best.

“What is Active Release Techniques (ART) to Individuals, Athletes, and Patients?
ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
How do overuse conditions occur?
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
  • acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
  • accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  • not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).
What is an ART treatment like?
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.


Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.” – ART Website.




Who does the ART?

Read on to learn about our world-class ART practitioner, Jarrod Thatcher:


Jarrod Thatcher 

Jarrod Thatcher works with Cato Rutherford to continually improve his knowledge and skill in ART and manual therapy.

Position: Active Release Technique Practitioner at Lift Performance Centre

Previous Experience: Started practicing ART 4 years ago, specialising in improving performance and rehab, and prior to this worked in fitness as a trainer.

Reason you entered the health industry: I received ART on an ongoing injury I had which I couldn’t fix with traditional methods. Following a few treatments it had fully healed and I wanted to learn how to do that myself



Simon Fletcher
I started getting treatment off Jarrod a few months ago for a severe neck injury. I would highly recommend his ART treatment as it is very effective. Before I started getting treatment of Jarrod I saw a chiro, physio and finally another ART practitioner but I wasn’t seeing any improvement. I stopped training in the gym all together as the pain was to much.
A couple of sessions with Jarrod I saw a great improvement. I’m finally on my back from my injury that I had for nearly a year. I’m back training in the gym with Jarrod’s guidance and regular treatment. 
Rachel O’Kuniewski

For a few years I had been experiencing shoulder pain when reaching forward or overhead, to the point where it was starting to affect my day-to-day functioning. Before seeing Jarrod, I had tried many therapies, a couple that had provided temporary relief, but none that had effectively fixed the underlying cause. Using active release technique, Jarrod worked on some adhesions I had in the external rotators of my left shoulder that were catching, reducing range of motion, and causing a lot of pain and discomfort. He then worked to pull my shoulder and thoracic spine into better alignment. I was completely surprised and thrilled with how quickly I experienced pain relief, and I now have full range of motion in my left shoulder and am completely pain free. Thanks Jarrod!

Russell Queay

Hey everyone. So I have been a boxer for 7 Years & had bad knee pain to the point where I could no longer squat or even bend my knee past 90 degrees. The constant pivoting of my back foot made everything worse. I had seen every kind of knee expert or physio to fix the problem & nothing..

Then a friend of mine referred me to see Jarrod & that was the end of that issue. I’m back to boxing, squatting, skipping & to be honest I owe Jarrod big time! 


Jarrad Miller

I was suffering from acute knee pain which meant for me I couldn’t get into the right position for snatch deadlifts which subsequently ended my workout for that day. I booked in to see Jarrod for some ART and after one 30min session I was able to hit the bottom position on my snatch deads the VERY NEXT DAY!

I use ART for every injury I now have and this is just another example of how this technique works. If you’ve tried everything else and still no go, go and see Jarrod he’ll get you moving again.

Taryn Moran

Without embellishment of any sort, [Lift’s] Active Release Technique treatments have saved me from surgery. I have had a series of injuries, serious and minor, and had learned to live with the pain and discomfort. I had spent years and many dollars on physiotherapy and medical treatments, which never seemed to result in any improvement. For comparison, I had been seeing a physio specialist at a private practice for over a year on a weekly then fortnightly basis for one of my shoulders. No real results were seen even after keeping with the prescribed exercises. After only two treatments on my shoulder, Cato basically gave me a new shoulder! I have not since had any problems or pain. This is just one of my injuries he has treated, and like the shoulder, my other old injuries have recovered completely! Now, to compliment my training with Cato and his team at Lift, I will definitely be regularly getting treatments! I swear by his treatments and cannot sing his praises highly enough.. Just fantastic! Very professional, beneficial and all around amazing!


Luke Leaman

“Out of all of the places that I’ve trained in the world, Lift is one of the best! The staff are top notch, the equipment is second to none, and [Lift’s] Active Release Technique has saved me from more injuries that I can count! When I’m in Sydney, it’s one of the few places that I will frequent to get my training in. When you’re there it feels like a second home. No ego, nothing pretentious about it…just hard training with a family like atmosphere.”

Rachelle Trayer
“I have discovered ART (Active Release Technique) which [Lift] specializes in. I have had neck and back problems for a long time now and have tried multiple therapies. After much desperation I …booked in for a treatment. After 2 treatments all my little niggles were gone and I had the first pain free work out in a long time. Since the treatment I have been sleeping better and have so much more energy to put into training. I would highly recommend ART and training with LIFT Performance Centre as they are inspirational and offer a lifelong approach to fitness.  

How do I book a session?

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Mon – Fri bookings available. $77/30min.