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Participate in a Massage Therapy Clinic

Our curriculum prepares students for careers in massage therapy through comprehensive classroom instruction and hands-on learning in our working clinics. Our clinics form an integral part of refining each student’s learning.

Swedish Institute operates on-site and off-site clinics where students can bring the therapeutic benefits of massage therapy to the New York City community.

Learn More About Our Massage Clinics

Unlike a massage experience at a private spa, 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 and their own observations with the student so the appropriate adjustments, if any, can be made moving forward.

What You Need to Know About Participating in Our Clinics

What to Expect at a Swedish Institute Clinic

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 has their unique style, so your experience can be somewhat different with each student practitioner. Below, we share what you might typically experience.

Medical History Review

Upon your arrival for a 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.

Preparing for the Session

If you are receiving a Shiatsu massage, this type of massage is traditionally performed through your clothing. For the best results, clothing should be thin cotton, loose, and comfortable. Please bring socks to wear during the session if you are not wearing them to the session.

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 about the preparation process or anything else about the massage experience, please speak with your therapist about it. As New York State law requires, the therapist will only uncover the part of the body being worked on during the massage.

What to Expect During the Massage

As previously noted, using 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. Discomfort usually occurs in areas that need treatment most. Please communicate your comfort level with the process to your therapist. Our therapists are highly trained to respond to individual differences appropriately. 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 usually will take place on a cushioned mat rather than a table. However, some students require a table to work on for their own needs, and you may also request a table if you need help getting down to and up from the floor. Your therapist will begin the session by evaluating the Hara, or abdominal area. This initial palpation helps the therapist identify which channels, or meridians, they 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 various gentle stretches. The therapist will adjust the work based on any conditions or preferences you communicate as the session progresses.

How Will a Client Feel After Being Treated?

Every bodywork experience is unique. Clients often fall asleep while receiving 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 getting up, and you should always ask for assistance if needed. If the treated area is a sensitive spot, you may feel some slight muscle soreness for up to a day or two after the massage. Mild bruising may also occur in some cases, although this is very rare.


Stress Reduction Clinic

Massage therapy sessions in the Stress Reduction Clinic provide eight (8) one-hour sessions in Shiatsu and Swedish massage, intending to alleviate tension and promote an overall effect of general relaxation. Deep tissue massage is not performed in the Stress Reduction Clinic because of the therapists’ training level. If clients require specific work for a complaint or a deep tissue approach, they should apply for the Therapeutic Massage Clinic or Graduate Clinic. A different student will provide each session. Individual appointments are unavailable, and clients cannot request a particular modality.

Eligibility

The Stress Reduction Clinic is for generally healthy people. No doctor’s diagnosis is required. Anyone with a medical condition or pregnant may apply for treatment in our Therapeutic Massage Clinic.

Cost

The cost for the series of eight sessions is $320.00. 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. The client will receive a refund in the event a client does not receive an appointment.

Clinic Hours

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.

Registration

We will use a very equitable and fair lottery process to register to give 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 thoroughly. 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.

How To Apply

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.

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 will be returned to you via mail, and the applicant will be refunded. 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.


Therapeutic Massage Clinic

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

Eligibility

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 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 require a new clearance as long as the clearance on file is dated after JUNE 15 of the previous year.

Cost

The cost for the series of 12 sessions is $480.00.  The client must enclose a check, money order, or credit card authorization form for the full amount with the Registration Form and medical clearance. The fee becomes non-refundable once a client has been confirmed for an appointment. A $50 fee will be assessed for checks returned for insufficient funds. The client will be refunded if the client does not receive an appointment, and all material will be mailed back to the client.

Clinic Hours

The Therapeutic Massage Clinic holds its sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please see the current application for session dates and times.

Registration Process

We will use a very equitable and fair lottery process to register to give all applicants the most favorable chance to get a space. The thorough completion of an application is an essential 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.

How To Apply

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 the registration materials are received is relevant, so please submit your registration form promptly via mail; no faxes or emails, please.

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 will be returned to you via mail, and you will be refunded. 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.


Graduate Clinic

Our newest offering is The Graduate Clinic, a non-package-based treatment protocol where clients can come in for single sessions instead of committing to one of our multiple-session student clinics.

The practitioners in The Graduate Clinic are all, as the name would suggest, graduates of our Massage Therapy program. They are either licensed massage therapists or work under a New York State Limited Permit.

Although we can’t guarantee that all of these modalities would be available, we have had practitioners who performed Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Medical Massage, Shiatsu, Integrative Reiki, Craniosacral, Reflexology, Polarity, Pre-Natal and Sports Massage.

Unlike student clinics, clients may choose a therapist that suits their needs and continue to work with that person.

Eligibility

All clients are welcome at The Graduate Clinic. Although no doctor’s note is required, clients must reveal pertinent medical information to ensure their and our therapists’ health and safety. A limited number of walk-in appointments may be available, but it is usually best to have an appointment.

The Graduate Clinic reserves the right not to treat anyone who is unruly, intoxicated, or appears to be a danger to themselves or others.

Cost

The cost per one-hour session is $75, payable by credit card either as pre-payment or at the time of treatment. Longer sessions are available at a pro-rated price. Please call for more information on 90-minute sessions.

Whereas many spas consider a one-hour session to be 50 minutes, our sessions are always 60 minutes long.

Unlike our student clinics, gratuities are appreciated. They can be accepted directly by the therapist or at the Clinic desk.

Clinic Hours

The Graduate Clinic holds its sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Friday evenings, and Saturdays in the late afternoons.  Please contact us for more specific times.

How To Make An Appointment

You may call us at 212-924-5900, x. 268. A Clinic manager is generally present only during the school Clinic hours below:

Please leave a message if no one is available. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

You may also e-mail us at [email protected].