What is Integrative Massage Therapy?

Lisa Avnet, LMT, Litchfield, CT, Lisa Avnet, LMT, Hoshino Therapy, Massage Therapy, Sports Massage,  deep tissue massage, accupressure massage, tendon, Litchfield, CT


Integrative Massage is a form of deep structual massage, based on Structural Therapy/  Hoshino Therapy.  Manipulating muscles, tendons, and ligaments at specific points on the body, returns the body to its natural balance and promotes the body's ability to heal itself, returning the body to a pain free state.

Hoshino Therapy® is a unique and highly effective pressure point system of deep muscle and tendon therapy developed by Tomezo Hoshino in the 1940s as a treatment for musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.   Structural Therapy was developed as a refinement of Hoshino's work by Richard Zukowski, former Director of the Hoshino Clinic.

Lisa Avnet, LMT has over 20 years experience working with many types of musculo-skeletal pain, dysfunction, and injury.

What  Conditions Can Benefit from  Integrative Massage?

Below is a partial list of conditions that can benefit from this type of work.  I am happy to speak with you about your specific health condition.

  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Arthritis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar Fascitis 
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Leg, foot, and ankle Pain
  • Repetitive Stress Syndrome
  • Poor Posture


  • Relief of chronic and acute musculoskeletal pain
  • Increased flexibility and range of motion
  • Improved alignment and posture
  • Enhanced sports performance
  • Faster recovery from physical stress

How it works:

The underlying theory of the therapy is simple: Arthrosis is a degenerative joint condition characterized by hardening of the soft tissue, muscles, tendons (which connect muscle to bone), and ligaments (which connect bone to bone).  Arthrosis is caused by several factors, including physical inactivity, overuse of the muscles, poor posture and age. It is the underlying cause of a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Specific ailments as well as nonspecific problems such as numbness, tingling, shooting pain, muscle fatigue, and tension originate in this hardening and shortening of the soft tissue.

The aim of Hoshino Therapy is to reverse the arthrosis and to restore the resiliency and flexibility of the soft tissue. When this is achieved, the painless, normal functioning of the body returns.

The Need for Structural Therapy®

Acupuncture and Oriental MedicineToday more and more people suffer from painful and disabling conditions that affect the moving parts of the body. These problems, which arise with advancing age, are to a great extent influenced by our sedentary life style and habits of poor posture and inadequate exercise. We develop uncoordinated movement patterns that cause muscles, tendons, and ligaments to contract and harden. This can result in pain and restricted movement. This process of hardening or aging of soft tissues is called arthrosis, and it is this condition that underlies soft tissue disorders such as bursitis, tendinitis, back pain, and muscular tension. When left uncorrected for a period of many years, such conditions may eventually lead to degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritis and spinal disc disorders.

While symptoms of arthrosis most often appear after ages of 40 or 50, excessive use or misuse of body parts, such as in strenuous sports and work related stress, can also cause aging of soft tissues in younger age groups. Persons of almost any age whose body movement is restricted or impaired and who have not found relief in conventional forms of treatment, should seriously consider Hoshino Therapy®.


Hoshino Therapy® is an effective treatment for a variety of conditions involving musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction

What Does Structural Therapy Feel Like?

Acupuncture and Oriental MedicineMany first-time clients are concerned that deep muscle and tendon therapy may be uncomfortable.  Some points, in particular the points located on the areas of dysfunction, may be momentarily uncomfortable.  They may produce a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi. Clients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an "electrical" sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most clients find these acupressure sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed and invigorated both mentally and physically.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Acupuncture and Oriental MedicineThe benefits of Structural Massage Therapy are cumulative, so more than one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions you can expect to have 10 to 15 treatments, but you will usually begin to feel relief after just the first few. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Is Structural Massage Therapy Safe?

Acupuncture and Oriental MedicineYes. Hoshino and Structural Massage  Therapy has helped many thousands of people since the development of the form in 1948.   Therapists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and physiology, pathology, neurology, and kinesthesiology, as part of their training and certification by an accredited massage school.  To become a Hoshino/Structural Therapist also requires a rigorous hands-on extended apprenticeship with a master of the work.   I have passed comprehensive national board examinations administered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTB) and am licensed by the state of CT.  I am a Professional member of the ABMP (Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals) and have many years of clinical experience working with soft tissue injury and dysfunction.

Your First Visit

Acupuncture and Oriental MedicineWhen you arrive for your first appointment I will ask you to complete a comprehensive intake form. The intake form asks questions about your current state of health, as well as past illnesses. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Oriental medicine takes everything into account. Your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex landscapes and everything that happens to them leaves its mark.

Acupuncture and Oriental MedicineAfter reviewing your intake form, we will discuss your condition.  The acupuncture points I choose will depend on your condition.  The treatment is a full body session and will last about 50 minutes.

Massage Enhances Mental and Emotional Wellbeing



​This unique form of Integrative Massage Enhances Sports Performance - Yoga, Tennis, Golf,  Horseback Riding, among others - by increasing range of motion and resiliency of the muscles thus reducing injuries.

 Integrative Massage Enhances Overall Wellness and Relieves Stress by balancing the chi (life force energy) in the body.

Lisa Avnet LMT

Litchfield Integrative Massage Therapy
587 Bantam Road at The Cove
Litchfield, CT

2nd and 4th Wednesdays only:  191 Albany Turnpike Suite 301, Canton

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