Structural Integration

If you are looking to renew your body and shake out old patterns, pains, postures or injuries, Structural Integration is a great treatment to get your body organized and re-balanced.  I received my Structural Integration training in 2007/2008 and combining this with my massage and occupational therapy training has given me a much deeper understanding of injury, posture and how the body is interconnected, for example how a low back injury can be affected by tightness in the calves and feet.  I also feel that having many orthopedic and deep tissue massage techniques in my toolbox helps my clients get better and faster results.  Structural Integration applies the laws of gravity to the body and I use my hands to manipulate the muscles and fascia, much like a sculptor, so that the body is balanced, aligned and moves more freely, with the goal of reorganizing your body into proper alignment.  I also give you practical information and things you can do to re-enforce good alignment so you can take the bodywork into your everyday life.

 

What is Structural Integration?

Creating unique solutions for every patient

Structural Integration is a scientifically validated body therapy.  Unlike massage, Structural Integration focuses not on the muscles, but on their protective layer, called fascia (also known as connective tissue).  Muscles are the contracting tissues that give the body and organs physical movement.  The fascia surrounds the muscles, bones and organs in the body.  They are what gives muscles their shape and the body its structure.

Structural Integration aligns and balances the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia.  As fascia is lengthened, it allows the muscles to move more efficiently.  During your session I will apply pressure to the body to work the entire fascial system in a systematic way.  When restricted fascia is released and lengthened, the body can return to its structurally optimal position.

The continuing pull of gravity, as well as the stress of daily activities and physical injuries, can draw the body out of alignment.  The fascia gradually shortens, tightens and adjusts to accommodate the misalignment.  When the body is out of alignment it creates inefficiency and imbalance, resulting in stiffness, discomfort and loss of energy.

When a body is aligned and balanced it moves with greater ease.  It requires less energy to function.  Good posture is effortless and breathing is easier.  The body becomes more flexible, more coordinated and athletic performance improves.

I received my Structural Integration training in 2007/2008 and combining this with my massage and occupational therapy training has given me a much deeper understanding of injury, posture and how the body is interconnected, for example how a low back injury can be affected by tightness in the calves and feet.  I also feel that having many orthopedic and deep tissue massage techniques in my toolbox helps my clients get better and faster results.  Structural Integration applies the laws of gravity to the body and I use my hands to manipulate the muscles and fascia, much like a sculptor, so that the body is balanced, aligned and moves more freely, with the goal of reorganizing your body into proper alignment.  I also give you practical information and things you can do to re-enforce good alignment so you can take the bodywork into your everyday life.

 

What are the Benefits?

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Structural Integration is a very personal process so it is important to remember that individual results will vary.  However, as a result of this process, people often appear taller and slimmer (some actually gain anywhere from 1/4″ to over 1 inch in height!) and feelings of discomfort or pain are generally alleviated.  Other frequently experienced benefits are greater flexibility, feelings of lightness and fluidity, better balance, increased breathing capacity, renewed energy, and greater self-confidence.

While Structural Integration is primarily concerned with physical changes in the body, it affects the whole person.  Our emotions, attitudes, belief systems and behavioral patterns are all interrelated with our physical beings so aligning the physical structure tends to open up an individual’s potential in all ways.  Clients generally report positive changes, stating less stress, greater self-assurance, and improved ability to handle life’s changes.  Such benefits have been reported in all age groups.

 

Does Structural Integration Last?

YES!  and ….. Keep in mind, as life changes, bodies change in response.  Any injuries, accidents, lengthy illnesses and emotional stress may necessitate additional work.