About Us

About Integrative Orthopedic Deep Tissue

Integrative Orthopedic Deep Tissue Therapy is Deep Tissue therapy from an Orthopedic approach, which Integrates the client’s consciousness & breath into the therapy to achieve a greater release of muscular tension. At its core, IODT Therapy is about achieving the greatest possible change in the client in the least amount of time, using the least amount of effort.  In order to do this, we sometimes need to manually manipulate those deeper muscles or the deeper fibers of the surface muscles, but it is also beneficial to know other, less direct, and sometimes more efficient methods of releasing those muscles.  However we approach it, we can only achieve so much if the client's body is resisting our efforts.  IODT engages the client’s conscious and subconscious mind in relaxing the body, through intentional breathing and guided meditation, to facilitate the release of the muscles we are treating.

Integrative Orthopedic Deep Tissue is a multi-disciplinary, holistic  approach to treating musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, by finding and addressing the musculoskeletal misalignments that are causing or contributing to the dysfunction, rather than only treating the pain site.  You will not affect lasting change or make the most efficient use of your time and efforts if you only address the symptoms without accurately diagnosing the cause.  It is therefore beneficial to understand how musculoskeletal misalignments of one part of the body can cause or contribute to pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body.

​It is our belief that 90% of all healing comes from "letting go", physically, mentally, &/or emotionally, and that the mind, spirit,  and body are not merely separate and attached to each other, but rather one mysteriously integrated whole.  Science is only now beginning to understand the power of the mind to effect dramatic changes in the body.  With IODT Therapy, the therapist verbally guides the client's breathing and consciousness to access the client's mental/emotional components while utilizing many of the most effective manual techniques, in helping clients "let go" of their unconscious physical resistance, struggle, strain, stress and subsequent pain.


About your instructor

Michael Raphael sees himself as a spirit whose purpose in this life is to be a facilitator for healing. He does his best to fulfill this purpose by showing up as a father, husband, son, brother, friend, therapist, teacher, activist, philosopher, singer & songwriter.

​Michael was a medic in the US Army in the early '90's, began his career as a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2006, began teaching ChiGong in 2009, and became a Certified Personal Trainer in 2014.

He currently lives in Miami, Florida, with his wife and their two  teen-aged sons. His wife, Roxanne, also an LMT, assists with the IODT  classes and togther they own Zenfinity Massage & Wellness.

 You may contact him at 214-783-7210 or michael@zenfinity.com