Structural Integration

Structural Integration

Structural Integration therapy is a systematic method of bodywork that addresses the connective tissue in the body known as fascia.  The therapist uses a series of highly effective touch, movement and education techniques that takes the entire body into consideration.  Working in a methodical way, it allows the entire body to restructure itself and live easily and efficiently in the field of gravity.

Fascia is the connective tissue present everywhere in the body; it surrounds each muscle cell, each muscle, and each group of muscles, each structure, each organ and the entire body. Its function is to organize all the various parts of the body, keep them in their correct places and allow them the movement that they require. It is a single “organ” that is interconnected like a spider web permeating the entire body.

(Here is a link to a YouTube video that shows how fascia reacts in the live human body.)

Due to injuries, poor postural habits, occupations and even emotional trauma, different regions of the fascial system can become restricted.  Because of its inherent interconnections, this tends to pull the entire body out of alignment.  Structural Integration aims to balance the entire body to live in harmony with gravity by loosening and lengthening the fascia so that its layers have the correct amount of tension and glide smoothly along each other. This allows the body to use its structure in the way it was designed, with freedom from restriction and imbalance. Movement feels light. Breathing is easier. Posture is effortless and pain vanishes.

Benefits of Structural Integration:

  • Freedom from pain and dysfunction caused by injury, job stress, repetitive motion, sports training, car accidents, etc (including pain caused by bulging discs and sciatica)
  • Relief of pain from conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, diabetes and dystonia
  • Increased physical performance
  • Prevention of chronic muscle and joint pain
  • A lighter, more efficient and energetic body
  • Increased self-confidence and mental awareness as a result of the body feeling “at home” with itself
  • Some people actually become taller as the body regains its natural position

SI is administered in a series of ten sessions.  Click here to read about each session.