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Stress Reduction Massage Clinic | Therapeutic Massage Clinic | Personal Training Clinic
Our curriculum prepares students for careers in Massage Therapy and Personal Training not only with comprehensive classroom instruction, but through hands-on learning in our working clinics. Our clinics form an integral part in the refinement of each student’s learning.
Swedish Institute operates onsite clinics and offsite clinics, in which students can bring the therapeutic benefits of massage and personal training to our local community in New York City.
Unlike a massage experience at a private spa or traditional gym, Swedish Institute’s clinics are teaching environments designed to benefit both students and patients. For our students to get the most out of their weekly sessions in our clinics, we request that patients consistently keep appointments.
Swedish emphasizes real world scenarios and feedback is crucial to the development of the student’s skills. Every patient is provided with an evaluation form to complete during their sessions. Once the evaluations are submitted, the student’s supervisor will review the comments with the student, along with their own observations, so the appropriate adjustments, if any, can be made moving forward.
Every session is unique because the treatment application is based on your individual needs. Although our students are trained equally to meet our high standards, each also has his or her own unique style so your experience can be somewhat different with each student practitioner. Below, we share what you might typically experience.
When you arrive for a personal training or massage session, we will ask you about your medical history so that your therapist can create a custom treatment session to provide you with the greatest benefit. All information is confidential and becomes part of your treatment record. Your therapist may also perform a physical assessment to help establish the most appropriate treatment strategy for you.
If you are receiving a Shiatsu massage, this type of massage is traditionally performed through your clothing. For the best results, clothing should be a thin cotton material, loose, and comfortable.
If you are receiving a Swedish massage, which includes the use of oils, you will disrobe in private, choosing to leave on whatever clothing may make you most comfortable. The therapist will enter the room once you are comfortably lying down on the massage table, covered with a provided towel or sheet. If you have any concerns at all about the preparation process or anything else about the massage experience, please speak with your therapist about it. As New York State law requires, during the massage, the therapist will only uncover the part of the body that is being worked on.
As previously noted, the use of oils is essential to the specialized techniques of Swedish massage. The massage typically involves the shoulders, back, legs, feet, arms, hands, neck, and head, but each case is unique so treatment areas may vary. You can always guide the therapist toward or away from specific areas. You can expect to feel an overall effect of relaxation and easing of tension during the massage.
In some situations, discomfort may be felt during the massage. This usually occurs in areas that are most in need of treatment. Please communicate your comfort level with the process to your therapist. Our therapists are highly trained to appropriately respond to individual differences. When it is time to turn over, your therapist will guide you so that you remain fully draped.
If you receive a Shiatsu massage, the massage will take place on a cushioned mat rather than a table. Your therapist will begin the session with an evaluation of the Hara, or abdominal area. This initial palpation helps the therapist identify which channels, or meridians, he or she should focus on. Unlike the long, gliding strokes of Swedish massage, Shiatsu massage involves applying gentle pressure using the palms, fingers, forearms, or feet, and a variety of gentle stretches. The therapist will adjust the work based on any conditions or preferences you communicate as the session progresses.
Every bodywork experience is unique. Quite often, clients fall asleep while receiving a treatment because the experience is so relaxing. As a result, some clients may feel sleepy for a short period, while others may feel invigorated or energized. When the session is over, you are encouraged to take your time when getting up and you should always ask for assistance if needed. If the treated area is a sensitive spot, then you may feel some slight muscle soreness in the area for up to a day or two after the massage. In some cases, mild bruising may also occur, although this is very rare.
The same experience can be expected from a personal training session. You may feel refreshed and rejuvenated, yet slightly sore. This is a normal reaction to personal training.
Massage therapy sessions in the Stress Reduction Clinic provide six (6) one-hour sessions in Shiatsu and Swedish massage, with the intention of alleviating tension and promoting an overall effect of general relaxation. Deep tissue massage is not performed in the Stress Reduction Clinic because of the level of training of the therapists. If a client requires specific work for a complaint or a deep tissue approach, they should submit an application for the Therapeutic Massage Clinic. A different student will provide each session. Individual appointments are not available.
The Stress Reduction Clinic is for people who are generally healthy. No doctor’s diagnosis is required. Anyone with a medical condition or who is pregnant may apply for treatment in our Therapeutic Massage Clinic.
The cost for the series of six sessions is $225; for senior citizens over the age of 65, the fee is $171. The client must enclose a check, money order, or credit card authorization form for the full amount with their Registration Form. Once an appointment is confirmed, the fee becomes non-refundable. A $50 fee will be assessed for checks returned for insufficient funds. In the event a client does not receive an appointment, their check will be mailed back to them.
The Stress Reduction Clinic holds sessions on Saturdays and Sundays during the day, and Monday evenings. Please see the current application for session dates and times.
We will use a very equitable and fair lottery process to register in order to provide all applicants the most favorable chance to get a space. The postmark date and thorough completion of an application are important factors, so please answer all questions completely. We will select a random sample of applications received on a given date and register clients in batches of 15 at a time. If a client’s application is not selected in the sample, their application will be added to the next date and only returned once we have filled all clinic spaces.
Because of the popularity of these clinics, advanced registration for the series is required.
Remember, requests for appointments are filled via a lottery system. The order in which your registration materials are received is relevant so please submit your registration form promptly.
The submission of a Registration Form does not guarantee a clinic appointment. Your appointment will be confirmed in a return mail or email. If we are unable to accommodate you in the clinic, all materials, including the fee, will be returned to you via mail. We encourage you to read a brief description of the educational nature of the clinics on our website so you can get the most out of your clinic session.
In their final semester of training, students provide medically-oriented sessions in the Therapeutic Massage Clinic. Clients sign up for a series of 12 one-hour sessions. They will work with one student throughout the 12 weeks of treatment, in which treatment focuses on the client’s specific injury, complaint, or condition. Using the assessment techniques they have learned, students tailor an appropriate treatment protocol for the client’s chief complaint, using both Eastern and Western massage techniques. They consult with a clinic supervisor throughout to ensure adequate care is provided.
Clients in the Therapeutic Massage Clinic must have a particular condition, injury, or complaint. Some of these conditions may make a client ineligible for the Stress Reduction Clinic, but they can be accommodated in the Therapeutic Clinic because it is more medically focused.
Medical clearance from a physician, chiropractor, or nurse practitioner is required for admission into the Therapeutic Massage Clinic. The letter must be on an official letterhead or prescription pad and state that the client has “no contraindication for massage therapy treatments.” Pregnant clients must provide an approval from their OB/GYN. The original copy of the health professional’s letter must be on file before clinic sessions begin. All clients need to submit a medical clearance with their application for the FALL series of treatment sessions. Returning clients to the WINTER and SPRING series will not need a new clearance, so long as the clearance on file is dated after JUNE 15 of the previous year.
The cost for the series of 12 sessions is $402. For senior citizens over the age of 65, the fee is $282. The client must enclose a check, money order, or credit card authorization form for the full amount with the Registration Form and medical clearance. Once a client has been confirmed for an appointment, the fee becomes non-refundable. A $50 fee will be assessed for checks returned for insufficient funds. In the event the client does not receive an appointment, all material, including the fee, will be mailed back to the client.
The Therapeutic Massage Clinic holds its sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please see the current application for session dates and times.
We will use a very equitable and fair lottery process to register in order to provide all applicants the most favorable chance to get a space. The thorough completion of an application is an important factor so all questions should be answered completely. We will select a random sample of applications received on a given date and register clients in batches of 15 at a time. If a client’s application is not selected in the sample, their application will be added to the next date and only returned once we have filled all clinic spaces.
Remember, requests for appointments are filled via a lottery system. The order in which the registration materials are received is relevant, so please submit your registration form promptly via mail; no faxes or emails please.
Swedish Institute’s Advanced Personal Training clinics provide students enrolled in the program with a platform to gain the hands-on experience they will need to practice as professionals. Guest participants (not limited to students) further enrich the experience.
If you are participating in a personal training session, we recommend comfortable clothing. During the session, certain tools and/or equipment may be used, such as kettlebells, suspension training apparatus, sandbags, battling ropes, dumbbells, barbells, and cables.
There are several different personal training clinics available – Circuit and Small Group Training (free), Supervised Daily Clinic (free), and the Fitness Foundation Clinic (paid).
Inquiries for the APT clinics can be addressed to Denise Lowe at [email protected].
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