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Integrative Stretch Treatment (IST) is a specialized technique that addresses imbalances in the musculoskeletal system. Issues are assessed and then gentle adjustments and static stretches are employed to correct them.
IST facilitates the easing of tight fascia (connective tissue that binds and covers the body). It is released with both superficial and deep stretching that decreases tightness in the muscle fibers, allowing the body to resume functional movement and biomechanically efficient posture.

The tension/length relationship of the trunk and extremities are adjusted to proper tension and length, creating an immediate and noticeable sense of ease and well-being.

IST deep stretching, myofascial release and musculoskeletal mobilizations can lead to a significant reduction or elimination of tension headaches and migraines, as well as decreased back pain. Clients have also experienced decreased compression of pinched nerves resulting in increased active range of motion and energy.

IST promotes proper posture and increased sense of body position affecting overall health and wellness. Proper postural alignment decreases everyday aches and pains that occur from the normal activities of daily living.

IST sessions keep professional athletes at peak performance and protects them against physical injury.

IST benefits both people with medical issues and those who just want to feel better resulting in overall wellness.

“Assisted stretching can help increase range of motion, reduce pain and reopen neuromuscular pathways in everyone from world-class athletes to post-surgical patients” – J. Cramer, Professor and Researcher in the UO Health and Exercise Department.


Darlene has been doing body work with me for only 2 weeks, and I am already feeling, walking and standing significantly better.

A year after multiple car accidents left me with knee/lower back pain, I decided to get off the couch and into an intense fitness regime. For about a year, I trained hard, and got fit, but I also created a limited range of motion because my muscles, while hard, became very tight and short. I also developed painful sciatica that kept me up at night.

I searched locally for someone to professionally stretch me, and found a place that used a well known commercial stretching program. I went 3 times a week for 2 months and I was not getting more flexible. In fact, I was experiencing intense hip and leg pain from the stretching protocol they used. I then found Darlene and Harmony House Yoga. Using both her knowledge of the body and stretching techniques developed over 20 years in the healing arts, she has improved my back and leg pain in just a few visits. I am sleeping and feeling considerably better in a very short time. I highly recommend Darlene without reservation to anyone needing pain relief/muscle stretching.”

Lynn, Ft. Lauderdale FL