Originally based on the work of Wilhelm Reich, this style of bodywork focuses specifically on connecting the mind, body, and spirit. In order to integrate all of these elements, integrative massage combines therapy techniques from a broad range of disciplines. Methods used in integrative massage include touch therapy, psychotherapy, movement re-patterning, stress management, reflective listening, hypnotherapy, and energy work. As this style of massage therapy was created to specifically address the individual needs of each client, the techniques employed by the therapist will vary based on the client’s needs and the therapist’s specialties.
Importance of Client-Therapist Connection
In this style of massage therapy, the client takes a more active role in the session. They work closely with the therapist to engage in their own healing and discovery. Building trust and connection between therapist and client in this form is especially important, so the massage therapist takes special care to build a secure and safe holding field for the client. In this way, the client is able to relax and be more open about sharing and deepening into their own process.
There is no typical structure for an integrative massage, as no two people are alike. Before beginning the therapeutic process, the client and therapist will meet to discuss what the client is looking for from the treatment. From this discussion, the client and the therapist work together to develop a treatment plan, including deciding which techniques to include in the process.
Integrative Massage Supports Whole Person Healing
Developed at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy over 20 years ago, Integrative Therapeutic Massage has a history that uniquely reflects the Boulder lifestyle and outlook. In incorporating broad fluid strokes, breath work, open communication, client empowerment, and a wide range of therapeutic approaches, integrative massage is a perfect way to support the health of the whole person. Our integrative massage therapists have special training in supporting their clients on all levels, helping them achieve maximum well being.
Integrative massage helps to lengthen the body. It invites a broad range of techniques that seek to meet the client’s needs at every moment. It has been used successfully to work with lower back pain, migraines, chronic pain, unhealthy habits, phobias, and skin diseases. Additionally, because of its holistic focus on mind, body, and spirit, integrative massage has also been shown to benefit clients dealing with depression, eating disorders, sexual difficulties, distorted self-image, and traumatic events. Generally, this form of massage therapy can be beneficial to anyone looking to deepen their enjoyment of life on a physical, mental or spiritual level.
Because this form of massage therapy aims at deeper, holistic transformation, it is generally recommended that clients receive 4-6 sessions as an initial treatment plan. This gives the therapist adequate time to gain information about the client and to develop and deepen a therapeutic sequence. The number of sessions included in an initial treatment is discussed in the intake before beginning treatments so that the therapist can prepare adequately.
Who We Are
Colorado Body Wisdom is a healing arts and massage studio located in Boulder, Colorado. We are committed to providing the highest quality treatments delivered with compassion by only the most skilled therapists in the field. Our mission is to spread health and relieve suffering through the compassionate, skillful, and joyful practice of massage therapy, healing arts, and wellness education.
We strive to assist clients in living satisfied and authentic lives by: delivering the highest quality massage and therapeutic treatments; receiving clients with deep compassion while creating a safe space for emotional release and personal discovery; and orienting our treatments towards each client’s innate health–not their illness or pain.
At Colorado Body Wisdom, the well-being of our therapists is just as important as that of our clients. CBW owner, Rachel Scott, founded the company with the intention of creating a mutually supportive, inclusive, and harassment-free work environment for women in the healing arts. CBW is committed to providing a safe space for female practitioners to develop their skills and build a career in a profession they love.
We invite you to come in and experience the multitude of benefits of massage therapy for yourself!