Structural Integration involves sessions of deep-tissue manipulation, based on assessment of each part of the body. How you walk, how your legs and feet support your torso, your posture — all your body movements are observed. Tension, knots and any imbalance caused by compensation are then addressed through directed pressure to the affected tissues.
Special attention is given to the interaction between tissue, breathing and the nervous system. As sessions progress, new patterns of movement and breathing are established, as the body re-learns the natural balance which allows for optimal health.
Working together with the therapist, you’ll achieve the benefits of lower stress, an increase in your body’s stability and strength, and more energy.
If you can imagine how it feels to have a fluid, light, balanced body that is free of pain, stiffness, and chronic stress, then Structural Integration may be for you.
Structural Integration is a process of re-educating the body through movement and touch. Its primary focus is facilitating the relationship between gravity and the human body. The effect is to systematically release patterns of stress and impaired function.
The Basic Ten series
The Basic Ten series consists of ten sessions that break down habitual movement patterns. Each session focuses on a different area of the body. My clients and I work together; I apply gentle pressure using my hands, arms (and sometimes elbows) to carefully encourage muscle tissue into healthy alignment. I provide directed breath instructions while clients perform small muscle movements. The area being worked will vary in sensation and feeling, depending upon injuries to an area or holding of chronic stress, as well as other factors. My goal is to help you recognize shifts from habitual holding patterns to healthy structural alignment.