Integrative Massage is based on the idea that not just one massage is right for every person or can solve every problem. That is why through using a variety of techniques every individual issue in the body can be targeted and addressed with its own approach, producing optimal results and pain free living. In the therapy world integrative massage is used to relax tension and trauma in muscle and soft tissue. Styles could be anywhere from calming to invigorating using methods from trigger point therapy, deep tissue and myo-fascial release. Integrative massage introduces further supportive techniques more usually considered outside the scope of a massage treatment, for example; spinal manipulation, muscle energy technique, neuro-structural integration, acupressure, breathing and visualisation. Such techniques overlap with, and work alongside, those associated with disciplines like physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, shiatsu or thai yoga massage.
Myofacial Release is a system of bodywork that evaluate the fascia such as osteopathic methods, craniosacral therapy, structural integration and physical therapy. MFR is a manual physical therapy that treats pain, tension and dysfunction. Myo means ‘muscle’ and ‘fascia’ is the connective tissue network. Fascia is a three dimensional network that extends without interruption from the top of the head to the tips of the toes. It’s a tensegrity (tension and integrity) network that’s in constant tension and compression in order to retain function and balance. This network supports the bones, muscles, organs and vessels right down to the cellular level. Fascia is responsible for maintaining structural balance, providing support and protection, and acting as a shock absorber. Fascia, like muscle, has the ability to contract and relax but, unlike muscle, fascial restrictions creep insidiously throughout the entire network affecting the function of the whole structure, eventually creating the pain that we call symptoms. These symptoms include muscular strains, trigger points and joint dysfunction.