Physiotherpist and ART provider Paul Espe is a very skillful Clinician. He has studied our ART course modules for many years. He is also part of the Instructor Team in Europe. Here he explains more about ART:


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Physiotherapist Pieter Faasse from The Netherlands


ART’s specificity and effectiveness makes it one of the best ways to treat MSD’s.
I use ART every day, with great results. Nicolai and his team do a great job bringing everyone’s skills to a whole new level.
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Fotballfysio forteller om våre ART kurs:


“Jeg deltok på mitt første kurs i Active Release Techniques (ART) med Nicolai van der Lagen i Moss i februar.
Det profesjonelle nivået på selve kurset med hensyn til faglig innhold og dyktige instruktører var imponerende.

ART er en meget systematisk måte å behandle bløtvev på, men ikke minst også et enestående verktøy i selve undersøkelsen og diagnostiseringen av mine spillere. En ekstra bonus er at kurset også inneholder spesifikk behandling av nerveentrapments.

Som fysioterapeut innenfor toppfotball, ser jeg nå på ART som et “must” og en missing link innenfor undersøkelse og behandling for alle terapeuter som driver med toppidrett spesielt, da utøvere krever raske resultater.

Den umiddelbare responsen fra spillerne taler for seg selv.
Jeg gleder meg allerede til neste kurs!

Fredrik Birkemo, fysioterapeut Stabæk Fotball



Les mer om våre kurs!

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From a Chiropractor in France/Germany


“ART est la technique de tissu mou la plus complète et efficace que j’ai eu l’occasion d’apprendre. Je l’utilise quotidiennement, au cabinet comme en compétition. Le niveau technique et la précision acquise lors des séminaires m’ont fait travailler avec de nombreux champions du monde et permis d’intégrer des équipes de très haut niveau. Je recommande les séminaires à tout thérapeute qui a envie de se perfectionner, et ce, pas seulement dans le monde du sport.”

Joan MONTSERRAT, Chiropracteur, Spécialiste Sport & Artistique.

Premier cours d’Active Release Technique à l’IFEC – Paris

Apprenez à traiter efficacement les problèmes de tissus mous avec Active Release Technique, décembre prochain à Paris. Ceci est le premier volet d’une série de trois séminaires organisés en collaboration avec l’IFEC. L’événement se tiendra dans un lieu adapté à la pratique “Hands-on” et à l’apprentissage des mouvements. Le cours sera tenu par Nicolaï van der Lagen et son équipe d’instructeurs. Pour assurer vos places et une préparation adéquate, pensez à vous enregistrer en avance.

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Joe Hinnigan, Physiotherapist Everton FC


- ART is a must for any therapist wanting to get immediate results. It is a thorough, well taught course that improves anatomical and manual handling skills. Joe Hinnigan, Physiotherapist Everton FC

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Just some examples


Chris Senior
Sports Massage Therapist at Arsenal F.C

Had a great time attending a Nicolai van der Lagen ART Lower Extremity course, very challenging but very rewarding few days. Would highly recommend to any Sports Massage Therapists/Soft Tissue Therapists wanting to continue to learn, improve both hand skills and knowledge base.


Shane Lowry
Professional Golfer

Shane is an integral part of my performance team and he has definitely added to my game over the past 3 years. His skills as a Sports Chiropractor & Active Release Techniques (ART®) Provider ensure that I am prepared physically for each round I play. I believe working with Shane is helping me to prevent injuries and will hopefully lengthen my career.



Nicklas Falkesgaard
Phsysiotherapist 1st Team FC Midtjylland Football

In FC Midtjylland we take pride in being on the cutting edge when it comes to our work with the players in the team, we are very excited about our new found cooperation with ART Europe. Like the coaching staff around the team, the medical staff are always trying to improve their skills, and are always open to different approaches to the treatment and prevention of injury. With this new cooperation with ART®, we feel that we are now able to take our treatment of musculoskeletal disorders to a new level.

FC Midtjylland is very pleased to have been chosen as the setting of ART® education in Denmark, and are looking forward to a long term cooperation with ART® Europe.



Matt Connery
Senior Physiotherapist Everton FC

ART® is a superb soft tissue, diagnostic and treatment modality which has shown time and time again to be effective in both the elite sport setting and general MSK therapy. The courses are highly recommended, practical based allowing you to incorporate the skills Monday morning!


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References and articles


You may want to check out some of our testimonials:

  1. Golf Performance Therapy  Titleist Performance Institute 2015
  2. The ART of Active Release Techniques for Injuries  Telegraph.co.uk  2015
  3. Performing ARTS Athletics Weekly 2015 (How Performance Therapy helped Greg Rutherford win Gold in 2012 long jump.)
  4. ART therapy can release tight muscles to transform performance Vigour Magazine  2015
  5. What is ART and how is it different from sports massage?   220triathlon.com  2014
  6. Q&A on ART  Austin Fitness Magazine 2015
  7. ART – What You Need To Know  Canadian Running  2014
  8. Address Soft Tissue Problems to Help Heal Your Body  Health & Fit Magazine 2015
  9. “ART is a superb soft-tissue, diagnostic, and treatment modality which has shown time and time again to be effective in both the elite sport setting and general MSK therapy.”Matt Connery Senior Physiotherapist Everton FC 2014
  10. An Intense Therapy for Injured Runners  Huffington Post  “That’s the thing about ART: it doesn’t just treat the symptom, it treats the root cause of the problem.” 2011
  11. Torii Hunter baseball player uses ART to stay young  Twincities.com 2015
  12. One Lifter’s Experience with ART  Bodybuilding.com 2013
  13. “Sometimes the muscle has been impaired for such an extended period of time that some individuals lifting results increase substantially after just one session.” Lifestyle and Strength 2012
  14. “ART challenges you as a practitioner to have exceptional knowledge of functional anatomy. It allows more specificity which I have found particularly useful for spinal issues, being able to target individual multifidi.  I would recommend ART for its ability to treat specific issues as part of your regular treatment regimen, this can at times reduce of overall  treatment times.  In an elite sports environment, having several therapists all trained in ART is a tremendous help in continuity of treatment.” Wayne Diesel head of medical services Tottenham Hotspur FC 2014
  15. Teemu Selanne NHL ice hockey star who retired at 43 yo, “ART has been huge for me. Unbelievable. Seriously, it’s the most important reason why my muscles are in such great shape. I go twice a week (in Anaheim) and go here when I’m on the road. And I hope the young guys will realize how important this is, but they’re younger and don’t get it – but they will. The older we get, the toughest challenge is recovery time. You have to be very disciplined with that and your diet and ART.” ART has been Teemu Selanne’s MVP   The Province 2014
  16. “One mustn’t look any further than the overwhelmingly positive results numerous individuals have had with ART”. Eric Cressey   T-Nation.com 2004
  17. The Technique behind Active Release Therapy  Wall Street Journal Dec ’12
  18. Ryan Hall (US record holder half marathon)  Innovations That Changed Running Forever #3  video Jan ’13  “ART is one of the keys to helping runners run faster than ever before, I walk in and I can only bend to my chins and with a 5 minute ART session,  I can touch the floor.  In years past, I would be told to stretch more.”  
  19. “In my 25 years as an athletic trainer, I have never used a technique that has had more immediate results and better functional outcomes than ART.” B. Pike, Director of Rehab atSyracuse University  The Art of ART, Training-Conditioning.com  Apr ’13 (excellent thorough article) 
  20. Injury Prevention is an ART,  running competitor.com  Jan ’14
  21. “Hip injuries occur in the hip joint but often times result in secondary muscular injuries over time ( i.e. flexor tendonitis, trochanteric bursitis, lower back pain, hamstring pulls). ART has been very successful in decreasing pain associated to these muscular injuries. We have found that patients do much better post operatively if the muscular pathology is addressed prior to surgery.” USA’s top hip surgeon Bryan Kelly on why he uses ART arthroscopichipsurgeon.com
  22. “Dr. Duke (ART provider) and his team have become a vital part of my support network during my trips to New York. I can relax and trust that he will get my body into tip top shape for the race and will be on hand to check things over afterwards too.  In 2009 I came to rely on him even more when he helped me win the New York half marathon after arriving in New York with a very tight hamstring.” Paula Radcliffe marathon world record holder  dukechironyc.com/testimonials
  23. ART for the Rest of Us  mensjournal.com 2013
  24. Ready in 5 weeks Kristy Wilce bodybuilder on ART, “I also had issues with lack of ankle dorsiflexion and this was causing me problems with squatting.” after two treatments …”it was squat day, I could go right down to the floor with ease. I wasn’t stiff or tight anywhere”.
  25. Ben Pakulski bodybuilder receiving ART from Charles Poliquin to increase wrist supination  video  Nov ’13
  26. ART Your New Secret Weapon nationstri.com July ’14
  27. “I’ve written about the value of ART many times. I’ve seen it clear up a number of nagging injuries in a single session. It can restore function, reduce (and even eliminate) pain, significantly improve flexibility (i.e. range of motion) and strength in just one session.”
    John Paul Catanzaro Bodybuilding.com April ’14
  28. Thinking Outside the Doctor’s Office Runner’s World 2005
  29. Peyton Manning NFL legend on his 2 ART sessions / week with Dr. Mike Leahy Sports Illustrated Nov ’12
  30. The Most Effective Treatment Protocol for Soft Tissue Injury ironman.com Apr ’08 
  31. ART and Graston: Do We Have To Choose,  shouldermadesimple.com  Sep ’09
  32. “Massage is a great tool for relaxation and post race recovery, but I’ve found that ART or Graston Technique is usually more effective at treating specific running injuries, particularly plantar fasciitis and IT-band syndrome,” says Shari Macdonald, physical therapist and director at the Running Injury Clinic.”  Sports Therapy Tools for Faster Recovery,   Runner’s World  Apr ’13
  33. Mark Teixeira “If I had my way Gil (NY Yankees ART Chiropractor) would be with me every single day of the year. He didn’t travel with the team last year, but if he had, I wouldn’t have had that calf injury, or at least it wouldn’t have been as bad.” Mark Teixeira’s Therapy Program. Men’s Journal Mar ’13
  34. How to Reverse Permanent Sports Injuries.  The 4-Hour Body  Tim Ferriss 2011
  35. Behind the scenes when Donovan Bailey beat Michael Johnson (Mark Lindsay and Mike Leahy). 1. and 2.
  36. Long time ART instructor Mark Lindsay treated many famous athletes: Tiger Woods,Alex RodriguezMaria Sharapova, … NY Times
  37. Georges St-Pierre MMA star talks about ART  video in French.
  38.  “I would like to thank my coach Dan Pfaff who is incredible,and my therapist Gerry Ramogida (long time ART instructor)  is incredible.” Greg Rutherford after winning Olympic Gold 2012 in the long jump after many years of hamstring problems.   britishathletics.org
  39. Chrissie Wellington 2011 Kona Ironman win with ART inventor Mike Leahy  competitor.com 
  40. “I’ve read about all kinds of strength athletes-powerlifters and strongmen included, that have had tremendous success alleviating persistent, chronic pains with ART therapy. And in the majority of cases that I’ve seen, the treatment time has been relatively short-from two to six weeks. After that, they’ve jumped right back into competition-pain free.”   ART Therapy – Active Release Techniques for Strength Athletes,  criticalbench.com
  41. Next Time, I’ll Start With ART  predawnrunner.com “For this case of Achilles tendinitis, Dr. Keyes approach was very aggressive, as he thoroughly worked not just the calves but the Achilles tendon itself.  This seemed a bit scary – kind of like pulling on Superman’s cape, spitting into the wind, or pulling the mask off the old Lone Ranger.  But it was remarkably effective, if a bit painful (though not as bad as Graston).  In walking out from the first appointment, I knew we were on our way to successfully treating this issue”. 2012
  42. “I also get massaged two or three times a week, and I see a chiropractor and do a lot of preventative stuff. I have a standing chiropractic where I go in and I have ART every single Tuesday night no matter how good I feel.” Kara Goucher Great North Run winner  stack.com  Mar ’09
  43. My Experince with ART,  productofrunning.com  May ’14
  44. Twice in the past few years, a seemingly intractable chronic running injury that has kept me off the roads for a month has been improved by one 15-minute session of ART and totally fixed after a few more.”  Hands-on Fixes for Sports Injuries,   US News.com Dec ’07
  45. Crossfit and the Active Release Connection, Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC  hss.edu
  46. Often, patients are shocked by how quickly they recover with the help of manual therapy,” says Jennifer Solomon, MD, a specialist in rehabilitative medicine at Manhattan’s Hospital for Special Surgery, the nation’s leading orthopedic hospital.   Hands-on Healing: Why Women are Turning to Manual Therapy. Elle Magazine  June ’10
  47. ART for MMA fighters, scifighting.com 2014
  48. Running injuries,  US News & World Report  Nov ’13
  49. “We recognize that the management of soft tissue is the critical component to a player’s health,” said Boston Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. ““If we can find people who are at the top of their field to be hands-on with our players and create, I don’t know, a 5 percent difference in how much [the players are] out there or their level of physical fitness when they’re out there, that can translate into greater performance.”  grantland.com
  50. “He placed an equal emphasis on recovery and injury prevention. Each training session included up to an hour of active release techniques”  NFL #1 pick Jad Clowney  stack.com  July ’14
  51.  ART for Pain Relief in Runners, minneapolisrunning.com  Nov ’13
  52. ART to increase lumbo-pelvic flexion  Peter Knows  video   Dec ’10
  53. “ART allows improved specificity and an improved “feel” of tissue health,  tone and extensibility. As an example, the use of specific hip external rotator release has proved very successful in terms of its effect on hip joint mechanics and lower limb neural dynamics. I would recommend ART particularly as it can be used as an assessment and treatment tool, and it compliments other treatment options and allows therapists to target dysfunctional tissue.” Danny Murphy Premier League Physiotherapist
  54. The Real Miracle Worker, an interview with ART innovator Dr. Mike Leahy,  T-nation.com  July ’99
  55. Cole Hamels MLB pitcher on ART video  Feb ’11
  56. A Better Approach to Soft Tissue Injuries,  Runner’s World Mar ’10
  57. “When I’m on the ice I need to be flexible, I need to be agile . . . When we do some ART, I feel much looser – almost sometimes like I have a new body.”  Jamie Sale Olympic Gold pairs figure skater Canadian Press Dec ’02
  58. Iliotibial Band Syndrome and ART,  beginnertriathlete.com   2010
  59. Mike Leahy treats Muscle Media staff  Kim Goss article  1997
  60. Milos Sarcev bodybuilder  Sarcev’s Release: How Active Release Saved Him From Surgery,  Australia’s Muscle and Fitness 1999
  61. ART: neuromuscular efficiency / stability / mobility.  athletesacceleration.com Aug ’14
  62. Chicago Bears’ running back Matt Forte gets weekly ART Chicago Sun Times Oct ’14
  63. Denver Broncos’ trainer brings in muscle specialists The Gazette 2006
  64. 5 Strategies for Healing and Rehab with ART,  Bodybuilding.com 2008
  65. Painfree Bench Pressing by Charles Poliquin, Myoblast Mar ’10
  66. Pop ‘Em Out Muscles, T-Nation.com 2002
  67. ART- Aid in Soft Tissue Maintenance BreakingMuscle.com
  68. ART: Putting Tension on Injuries BreakingMuscle.com  “Even during competition, having ART really helps my performance. Before and after a workout I try to get worked on and it really helps keep me together,” Ben Stoneberg Cross-Fit Champion

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Active Release Techniques® at TOP LEVEL



ART® Europe has been running courses in Europe since 2009. We started up with running our courses in collaboration with Leeds Carnegie and Rhinos Rugby. Since then we have established many new course venues and professional collaborations in several European countries. You can now follow our course modules in the best sporting environments.

Active Release Techniques® has during these 5 years been able to set ground in Europe. More and more practitioners dealing with soft tissue injuries, prevention and performance enhancement are following our course modules. ART® is for many practitioners the “Missing Link” in their line of work. Some common remarks from course participants with many years of experience in treating top level players and athletes:

  • “This is the way to do it. Brilliant way of teaching functional anatomy, palpation and treatment techniques”.
  • “I can’t understand what I have been doing prior to ART”.
  • “I thought I knew anatomy and how to palpate soft tissues. I was wrong.”
  • “It’s amazing what you actually can feel when doing palpation correctly”.
  • “The results I’m able to provide with this techniques is overwhelming”.
  • “Everyone dealing with soft tissue in their line of work, should be certified in ART”.

The basic premise is simple, just not easy. Shorten the tissue, apply a contact tension and lengthen the tissue or make it slide relative to the adjacent tissue. It’s as simple as playing a piano and just as difficult. We will teach you to find every tissue by touch and to make fast permanent changes in them. We will practice every single treatment protocol with you. You work on the instructor and we work on you so that you can learn at a much faster rate.



Be smart – Do ART!



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Lower Extremity course in Finland May 2014

Having been treated with ART® a few years ago and realising how effective it was made my mind up for a career change! I decided to do ART® Upper last year which was hard work but very rewarding at the end and the instructors Shane and Heather were awesome! I enjoyed it so much that I wanted achieve full body cert as soon as I could. Sadly there were no courses in the UK for lower body so took the plunge and travelled to Finland. This was a great decision! I got to meet like minded individuals from another part of Europe, look at some good scenery and also get taught by Nicolai and Katrin who were outstanding instructors. Im now looking forward to Spine in December hopefully with all the instructors mentioned above! If your looking for an easy course where you just turn up and get a certificate then do not even bother. If however your passionate about your profession ready to work hard and put in the extra hours to bring your clients the very best in soft tissue training then get involved. This is an awesome technique and its made even better because of the instructor team!

Rich Knight – London, UK

Just got back from the ART lower extremity in Finland yesterday! The course and instructors completely exceeded all my expectations! I was able to take the knowledge I learned and put it into action in the clinic today, and can already see how it is going to make such a difference for my patient care in the future! Can’t wait to do the next one!

Aimee Carroll – Ireland

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Børge Fagerli talks about his experiences with Active Release Techniques®. He has tried various treatment methods during his career as a coach and PT. Check out what he says.

Børge Fagerli has, among other things, published the article about MyoReps. Read more about Børge Fagerli on his site: www.borgefagerli.com

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