Massage with Inka
Inka has been part of SBK since early 2011. As an athlete, bodyworker, and regular to crossfit workouts, she understands first hand repetitive movement patterns and the stress they can put on the body. This familiarity allowed her to learn a wide variety of treatment techniques to help prevent overuse injuries. She strongly believes that the mind and the body are connected and that regular exercise and bodywork is a key component to maintaining one’s health.
Inka is offering sports massage geared towards breaking down adhesions, relieving trigger points, unadhering myofascial restrictions, and increasing range of motion. Techniques include Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy.
Hours: Friday night open gym 5:30-8, every other Saturday and ever other Sunday. During the week she takes appointments in her office in Soho or Boerum Hill.
For more info on her treatments and background you can go to InkaHodes.com
Want to explore what it feels like to have more mobility and movement in your body?
I’ve spent six weeks over the past three months studying Structural Integration and nerding up with Tom Myers at his home base in Maine.
What is Structural Bodywork and how is it different from regular massage therapy?
Structural Integration uses our fascia as a vehicle to reshape and realign our structure, (our structure is the relationship in space among the components of the body ) as well as retrain our nervous system in order to have more fluidity of movement, more energy, greater performance to enhance your daily life and athletic performance.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is a connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels and nerves It holds and defines the integrity of our structure. Fascia is meant to be elastic and move freely with your muscles and bones. Tight fascia pulls our muscles and skeleton out of proper alignment and posture, which can cause pain, discomfort, and fatigue.
Structural Integration works to lengthen, stretch, and soften the tissue to restore postural balance, ease of movement, and a feeling of being more at home in your own body. It is practiced in an organized series of sessions that restore postural balance by aligning and integrating the body in gravity.
As part of my program training I am currently scheduling a limited number of a “three-series” tructural Integration sessions (75-90 mins each) at a reduced rate of $200. If you are interested in taking part in this unique opportunity to get to know and explore your body in a new way, please send me an email.
“If you can imagine how it feels to have a fluid, light, balanced body, free of pain, stiffness, and at ease with itself, then you will understand the goals of Structural Integration.” - Ida P. Rolf
Structural Bodywork is a unique way of dealing with your body that is system-based as opposed to symptom-based.
It is a more holistic way of treating the body. Pioneered by Dr. Ida Rolf, she believed that healthy function was the result of healthy form.
It looks at the structure of the body as a whole and treats the tissue according to what is going on at a postural level.
What can I expect from the “three-series”?
Structural Integration is a collaboration between the practitioner and the client. The client will be asked to make small movements while the practitioner is manually working the tissue. The bodywork can be full of sensation, but the level of pressure is completely under your control and we will work together to find the right amount of depth to get the most value out of each session. Session 1 focuses on the pelvis and legs, session 2 focuses on the trunk and arms, and the 3rd session focuses on the spine and head integrating work from the first 2 sessions.
The effects of this deep work can be quite powerful and can include better breathing, improved posture, easier movement and even emotional release.
"In the pantheon of “SBK’ers That Can Help You Fix Your Shit” Inka is a surging star. I spent a good 35 years not paying all that much attention to mobility, flexibility and overall body awareness. As a result I was experiencing all the problems one can expect from serious mobility problems. Once I started Crossfit my mobility issues caused serious deficiencies in my ability to perform many of the movements properly and began resulting in injuries. I started to focus on improving my mobility, educating myself and looking for assistance. I found quite a bit of help which has brought me a long way but I was still having a lot of trouble with my hips and my shoulder girdle (ok, and everything else, really).
I started seeing Inka a couple months ago and was immediately struck by not only her knowledge of anatomy as well as mechanical and physical physiology but also her incredible intuition. Time and time again she has zeroed in on an area of particular tightness or adhesion and has applied just the right amount of pressure/manipulation...
In a short amount of time Inka has truly helped me improve my mobility, not just through her body work (although that has been a big factor) but also through educating me in what I should be doing on my own to advance my goals. She has produced more than one “A-Ha” moment in explaining to me why a tightness in one area might cause a deficiency five steps down the chain and then explaining what I need to do to fix it.
And the kicker is that during the majority of this intense work Inka is somehow able to make you feel like you are just getting a great massage."
David M (DMak)
"I've known Inka for nearly 20 years, and have always been in awe of her warmth and generosity of spirit. She combines her strong understanding in the holistic and therapeutic aspects of massage with her training, knowledge and athletic background to efficiently and effectively identify, address, and relieve my (myriad) muscular dysfunctions. I feel markedly better after every session with her, but more importantly have a greater understanding of my specific personal issues and limitations and how to address them going forward."
-Noah Abbott, Certified Stud/Ninja/Homie
Inka is quite strong. I am well muscled and can tolerate a fair amount of pressure, and I've never felt as though I've "maxed out" her reserves. This is not to say she is aggressive just for the sake of it. She's developing a really good sense of balancing the pressure she thinks will be therapeutic with what a client is able to receive. She's very good about keeping an open dialogue during the session and super engaged in the practice.
As an avid amateur athlete focused on weightlifting, I have been exposed to many kinds of bodywork treatment ranging from basic swedish massage, to shiatsu to corrective, movement based work and more. Over the years, I've worked with practitioners of varying quality, which has been a great way to learn what does and doesn't work for me. The Structural Integration that Inka has begun to incorporate in her practice is a game changer, and I feel fortunate to have her as a resource."
-Margie, SBK Coach