Butch Phelps and The Muscle Repair Shop 

I’m Butch Phelps, the founder of The Muscle Repair Shop and the Stretch n Release Technique. We are all about our clients and helping them regain the freedom of movement they once thought was lost. I have created the “Stretch n’ Release Technique” from years of studying massage, stretching, and how the brain affects our ability to actually soften and release our muscles. This was out of necessity more than just pure education.

Butch Phelps, B.S., L.M.T. – My Story


Like many of you, I was a back pain sufferer brought on by years of not knowing how my body worked. At age 18 I was in severe car crash that left me with a broken pelvis and a broken upper arm. By my mid-thirties I weighed over 300 lbs. and spent 18 months losing 105 lbs. I learned how to never gain it back. I then worked out like crazy and built a body that everyone would envy on the outside, but I was dying on the inside. You see in all that time, no one talked to me about the true role my muscles played.

At age 40, I was in terrible shape. I would crawl out of my car on my hands, then pull myself upright with the door handles. I would get out of bed by rolling off onto my knees and walking up the handles on my dresser just to stand. Sitting or standing for long periods created more pain. I am sure you can probably relate. I tell you this, so you understand my technique was created out of necessity for me. That was 20 years ago and I am in better shape today and have no pain compared to that time.

Butch Phelps
Butch Phelps at Muscle Repair Shop

Why does this work?

As a society, we do a poor job in teaching medical and exercise professionals about body mechanics. There are thousands of peer-reviewed studies about how to make us bigger, faster, stronger. There are very few studies about how to take the pressure off our joints and back. In fact, a few professionals thought I was crazy to think that our muscles can affect our joints and back.

The truth is, our muscles apply pressure to the bones so we can move. Think of a quadriplegic. They have all the bones we have. The problem is their muscles are not getting a signal from the brain to apply pressure.

If bones could move, that person could still move, but they can’t.  X-rays can show bones close together that can cause damage but cannot show soft tissue like muscles. MRIs are supposed to show soft tissue, and it does to some degree, but there are several studies that claim the findings are not conclusive when tested. Why are we not better?

In 2018 I graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Aging Sciences. My anatomy class spent a limited amount of time on the muscles. The sad part about this is most students in that class were medical and physical therapy students. We are missing the piece to the muscle puzzle about how the muscles affect the joints and back. Ignoring this piece leads to joint replacements and back surgeries.

Stretching is a vital part of maintaining a healthy body into old age.

Our knowledge of stretching is very limited and there are 4 key mistakes we make.

First, we hold the stretch too long. We never hold a stretch for more than 5 seconds when dealing with tight muscles. This prevents the brain from tightening the muscles. 

Then, we pull too hard. The harder we pull, the more pain we create, the more the brain fights back. You are doing strength training disguised as stretching.

We work too many muscles at one time. The brain doesn’t know which one to relax.

Finally, we only stretch when there is stiffness. Stretching is more like eating. You must do it every day just like your pet does.

We want you to live without pain and enjoy the things you love doing.

We will find the cause and teach you how to prevent it from coming back. The key is what you do at home. We show you easy-to-do stretches and massage techniques that do not get in the way of your life. They will become habits that you don’t have to think about to do it. How easy is that?

You can read about these in more detail on my blog at Stretch n’ Release Blog.

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