• Swedish/ Integrative Massage

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    Swedish/Integrative Massage is a fusion created at Inner Harmony. We differentiate between regular Swedish, and Swedish/Integrative Massage because while there are many commonalities between both modalities, the key difference is use of skill and technique. Swedish (or “classic”) Massage Is composed of 5 major techniques: long strokes moving blood (Effleurage), a kneading motion to loosen muscles (Petrissage), a slow and deep pressure to release less superficial layers (Friction), Stimulating drumming and tapping or drumming of the muscles with the hands or fingertips (Tapotement), and rapid shaking of the hands or wrists to stimulate the muscles and force them to let go (Vibration). In Swedish/Integrative Massage the same 5 methods are used, but there are many other modalities mixed in to achieve the clients goal, bringing together modalities from all backgrounds, such as Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Deep Tissue, Sports, and Myofascial Therapy.

  • What does a Swedish/ Integrative Massage Feel Like?

    Integrative work is one of the few modalities that can be both very deep and therapeutic, and very relaxing. Since it is a hybrid of Swedish and other modalities it incorporates much of the relaxing nature of the Swedish as well as the lasting effects of the deep work. While the Massage Therapist cannot get as much done on one area as they can in Deep Tissue or Sports Massage, Integrative Massage is good for people who prefer a deeper touch, but want to still have their whole body worked on. Like Swedish, the client will take off as much clothing as their modesty permits, and they will draped appropriately. The therapist will consult the client before the session, to set goals and to make sure they are comfortable throughout the session. Swedish/Integrative Massage is not intended to be painful, during or after the session, and it will be the goal of the Practitioner to communicate during the massage and make sure they are gauging their pressure and focus in the right way for that particular client. If done properly, the client may even fall asleep during the session, and leave feeling both relaxed, and loose from the deep work.

  • What Does Swedish/ Integrative Massage Improve?

    • Arthritis/ Gout
    • Back Neck and Hip Pain
    • Chronic Pain
    • Chronic Tension
    • Insomnia
    • Muscle Spasms/Cramps
    • Poor Circulation
    • Poor Immune Responce
    • Poor Flexibility and Range of Motion
    • Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI)
    • Scar Tissue/ Adhesions
    • Sciatica
    • Stiff Joints
    • Stress/ Anxiety
  • When is a Swedish/ Integrative Massage Not Recommended?

    Since Swedish/Integrative Massage draws on dozens of modalities, it can modified for almost any health conditions. However, ones to be considerate of are:

    • Fever/ Oncoming Sickness
    • Nausea
    • Jaundice
    • Bleeding/ Exposed Wounds
    • Acute Phlebitis
    • Diabetes
    • Pregnancy
    • Neurological Disorders
    • Recent Trauma or Surgery