Structural Integration


What is Structural Integration?  

"A system to improve structural alignment and enhance ease of movement consisting of organized sessions of manual therapy of the fascial matrix, guided movement, and embodiment education" – International Association of Structural Integrators®

Anatomy Trains® Structural Integration (ATSI) is a method of bringing the locomotor and sensory systems of a human being to a new level of integrated function. The approach can be used to correct postural misalignments, ease myofascial pain and restrictions, improve movement, resolve somato-emotional difficulties, or evolve a more allied and complete body image. - Anatomy Trains®

 ATSI is based on the pioneering work of Ida Rolf, Ph.D., who in turn developed her work primarily from homoeopathy, osteopathy, yoga, and movement awareness.

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. The goals of integration include structural alignment, ease and generosity of movement, adaptability and tolerance, and singleness of purpose while maintaining openness to multiple levels of perception.

    Why am I interested in offering Structural Integration? 

    As a yoga instructor (E-RYT 500), licensed massage therapist, NCBTMB certified body worker and continuing ed provider, and a certified Active Release Technique ® practitioner, I want to continue to gain knowledge in the field of bodywork and understand how the parts of the body are integrated. I completed the Anatomy Trains® Structural Integration certification training in June 2019. My intention is to continue to develop my skills as a body worker, gain knowledge in the field of holistic wellness, and to share my knowledge with my yoga students.


      What is a session like?  

      You will be observed while standing, walking, and/or performing other movements.  This is to assess your posture, movement patterns, and range of motion. It is called body reading and is done at the beginning and occasionally throughout the session to provide me with information about your individual body structure so that I can develop a strategy and customize your session. 

      The techniques are done while you are seated on a bench or standing or lying down on a treatment table. You participate in the session with instructed movement to facilitate sensory awareness and promote structural balance. You will experience different sensations in your body depending on your history of injuries, surgery or other trauma. It may feel like a deep tissue massage or a yoga stretch at times.

      Optional- Your choice to have a photo taken of you before your initial session and after your last session so you can see your progress. 

      What is the 12 sessions series? 

    12 session Series

    The sessions progress through the body: the first four sessions are generally more superficial, freeing the tissues on the front, back, and sides of the body and freeing the shoulders and arms from any binding to the trunk. 

    The middle four sessions address the “core” of your body, working into the central stabilization muscles closer to the spine. 

    The last four sessions integrate “core” and “sleeve” into your habitual movement (and address specific problems you bring to the table), leaving you with a lasting and progressive change that will echo throughout the rest of your life. - Anatomy Trains®