What I mean by "Integrative Massage"
The standard western massage style is a Swedish massage. This consists of long strokes, percussion over the broader muscles, friction, and petrissage (a type of pressing down and pulling up motion). This is generally considered to be the "traditional" massage. "Integrative" is the term used by the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals to describe the type of work I offer. As a graduate of the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, I received training in Swedish, Connective Tissue Therapy, Foot Reflexology, Neuromuscular Therapy, Polarity, Sports Massage and Hydrotherapy. Each one of these modalities taught me different ways in which to address and work with what I am feeling in the muscle tissue. Therefore, a session with me may involve a little Polarity here, some Connective Tissue Therapy there, and some Neuromuscular Therapy on sticky spots.
Connective Tissue Therapy
I have grounded my massage technique in what's called Connective Tissue Therapy. This is a type of massage that is deeper than a traditional Swedish massage, and much slower. The body has connective tissue everywhere, around bones, muscles, muscle fibers. When I do a connective tissue stroke, I sink in slowly and allow the elements that make up the connective tissue around the muscles to warm to the touch, and invite my hand, my forearms, or my fingers to lengthen, separate and differentiate the fascia. It is a gentle, yet deep way to elongate muscles that have become contracted due to stress or injury, and allow them to move freely again. So far, I have found this method to be very effective with those suffering from fibromyalgia as well as carpal tunnel and thoracic outlet syndromes.