Structural Bodywork

What is Structural Integration?  

Structural Integration (SI) is a bodywork modality using hands-on manual therapy techniques to rejuvenate soft tissue, release adhesions between adjacent soft tissues, improve dysfunctional habitual patterns, and to create an ease of movement by bringing awareness to postural patterns. This is done through a process of connected, progressive, and individually organized sessions that address the body as a whole. 

Why should you receive structural integration? 

The musculoskeletal system of the human body gives the body basic structure and the ability for movement. Our body adapts over time to our habitual movements, aging, injuries, mental and emotional factors, or environmental forces that can create dysfunctional patterns and structural imbalances that produce hardship and stress on the body. Structural Integration is a way of restructuring the physical body. It is treatment that balances the relationships between the parts of the body. 

What is a session like?  

You will be observed while standing, walking, and performing other movements.  This is for the practitioner to assess your posture and movement patterns. It is called body reading. This is done to provide information about your individual body structure so that the practitioner can develop a strategy. 

The practitioner will then use SI techniques performed with his or her fingers, hands, or forearms to manipulate soft tissue while you are either seated on a bench or lying on a massage table. You may be asked to move in specific ways during the treatment to facilitate your sensory awareness and promote structural balance. You will experience different sensations depending on the history of your body such as injuries, surgery or other trauma. It may feel like a deep tissue massage or a yoga stretch.

Before and after pictures will be used to show you your progress.

      Why am I interested in offering Structural Integration? 

      As a professional registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 500), licensed massage therapist, a certified (NCBTMB) body worker and continuing ed provider, and a certified Active Release Technique ® practitioner, I want to increase my knowledge of how the parts of the body are integrated and apply that to the field of bodywork and movement. Therefore, I embarked in the Anatomy Trains Structural Integration certification training in September 2018 and will complete my studies in June 2019. My intention is to use the techniques I have been trained in to benefit my clients.

      What is a 3 sessions series? 

      An SI series typically involves 12 sessions. A 3 sessions series is a great introduction to the full 12 sessions SI series. Each part of the progressive series of sessions addresses different muscle layers within the body, from superficial   to deep layers, in relationship to the body as a whole to enhance awareness of postural patterns.

    3-part Series

      Session #1 

      • Balance the lower limbs and the pelvic girdle
      • Establish a sense of core support from below
      • Find one's feet on the ground

      Session #2  
      • Balance the upper limbs and shoulder girdle
      • Ease shoulder girdle and neck relationship
      • Balance shoulder girdle on the rib cage

      Session #3  
      • Balance the shoulder girdle and pelvic girdle via the spine
      • Ease, balance and fluid movement in the spine