Structural Integration is a type of bodywork which aims to align the body with itself and within gravity. By working with the fascia – the soft tissue that interconnects our entire body by surrounding and weaving itself into and through muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and even blood vessels, organs, and nerves – we are able to release tension and adhesions from this structural support network, or web, of connective tissue. The connective tissue - fascia- helps dictate our structural postures and movement ability as it binds some structures together while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other.
Think of a 3-D wetsuit that not only covers the surface of the body, but also is invested in the deepest layers of the body. If this fascial ‘wetsuit’ is ‘bunched up’ in one part of the body, naturally there would be felt lines of pull, or sensations of restriction, felt elsewhere. This is the case in the body. While pain may be felt in the shoulders, neck, low back, or elsewhere, most often it is the result of imbalance and compensation patterns elsewhere.
As a result of injury, stress, repetitive motions, postural holding patterns, and aging, fascia can lose its elasticity and become shorter, tighter, and more dense. This pulls our muscles and skeleton out of proper postural alignment, which makes the body have to work harder to stay upright in gravity. Naturally, this energetic inefficiency can cause pain and fatigue, as well as limits our potential for ease of movement and function within the world.
As we free the body via this web of fascia, we enable it to experience once again the healthy reflexive support and mobility that is our birthright, leading to more balance, greater ease, body awareness, higher level functioning, and potentially less pain, as well as a feeling of simply being more at home in your own body.
Sessions can involve movement, postural analysis, and assessments.
Structural Integration - akin to “Rolfing” - is based on the work of Dr. Ida Rolf.
This work is most effective in a series of sessions - originally done in a 10 session format - and can also be modified to meet your needs.
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