Structural integration is a form of bodywork that focuses on the connective tissues of the body called fascia. Fascia surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, organs and nerves, binding and connecting some structures together while allowing others to smoothly slide over each other.
Fascia is especially designed to be elastic and move more freely with the muscles and bones. Due to injury, stress, work related and repetitive movements and also the effects of aging can cause fascia out of alignment and lose its elasticity and become shorter, tighter and more dense. Tightened or misaligned fascia pulls our muscles and skeletal out of the correct posture by causing alignment which will cause mild to serve discomfort pain and fatigue.
HOW STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION HELPS:
Structural Integration is helpful is aligning and balancing the body and works to stretch, lengthen and soften the restricted fascia by bringing the posture balance, ease of movement and feeling of being comfortable more “at home” within your own body. Structural Integration is performed over several sessions with a specifically designed and customized approach to restore postural balance by aligning and integrating the body in gravity. Structural integration is based on the work of Dr Rolf.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION SESSION:
Each session has a specific goal to accomplish. Each session slowly and steadily builds upon the last session and prepares the body for the next session. The time in between the sessions allows the body to adapt to the new changes that were experienced in the previous session. This is a continuous process of the opening, shifting, unfolding and organizing the body into an increased sense of wholeness.
Were I Debra Carter (the practitioner) observes the standing posture, breath, walk and other movements of your body. The information gained will be used to design a session strategy.
BRIEF OUTLINE OF EACH SESSION:
(please note, each session may change due to each clients requirements).
One of the first goals is to encourage the superficial fascial layer to open and expand. In doing so we will began to create the space necessary for the major segments of the body to begin shifting into a more balanced relationship.
The foundation of the human structure of the body is in the arches of the feet, ankles, legs and knees creating a balanced foundation which is the primary goal.
In this session we focus on balancing the major segments of the body around a central vertical axis is put into action. The client often begins to feel lighter, more upright and even taller.
FOCUSING ON THE CORE:
We are creating space and balancing throughout the body. This is known as the “core” session because we are addressing restrictions that the body may be holding within the deeper anatomical structures of the body. In this session we focus on the inside line of the leg, the ankles, calves, knees and thighs.
We work by lengthening the most superficial layers of the muscle and connective tissue that cover the rib and gradually drop down into the layers of the deep belly.
In the session we aim to free the sacrum of restrictions, by allowing for the greater fluidity movement in the pelvis and along the entire spine.
The Goal is to balance the cranium on top of the spine. By releasing the tension and stress held in the soft tissue of the neck, shoulders face and cranium, we bring the head to gently rest on top of the body. We are able to relieve muscles that have been working to hold the body upright, we immediately find ourselves with more available energy.
ENGAGING THE BODY BACK TOGETHER:
We begin” putting the body back together”. In the above session we are creating length and space in the tissue and encouraging an order in how the segments of the body relate to each other. In this session we may find ourselves back in the legs and exploring how we may create more order in the legs so they can best support the weight of the torso.
In this session we may focus on the upper half of the body, the torso, shoulder girdle, neck and head. By balancing the arms with the shoulder girdle, the shoulder girdle with the torso, the neck with the cranium etc. We focus more on movement.
This is the session where we are working for overall integration and balance through all of the joints of the body. Session ten is a day of fine tuning and celebration.
Individual Bodywork Sessions:
You can come as required for individual sessions. These sessions can focus on changes or symptoms that you need. At Integrated Health – Integrated Life, we work with you to suit your lifestyle needs.
BodySpecific Session 30min
Body Specific Session 60min
Body Specific Session 90min
10 x 90min Sessions SI Series
In Structural Integration, we expect to give a cycle of ten sessions. There is a reason for this. We are not dealing with local problems. We are not dealing with the kind of thing that you can say, “Well, I fixed that, that’s all.” We are dealing with intent to make a body more secure, more adequate within the field of gravity. This requires that muscles be balanced, and need to be balanced around a vertical line. And, when I talk about balancing muscles, I’m talking about balancing the right side against the left side. About balancing the front of the body against the back of the body, and finally, about balancing the innermost muscles against the outermost, the inside against the outside, this is the most important of those balances, and we start from the outside working in, and it takes us ten hours before we can get to the place where we can really balance the outside against the inside.” – Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D
HEALTH BENEFITS OF STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION:
- Often people feel lighter and more energetic.
- Often people will feel taller as rotations in the body begin to unwind.
- People appear slimmer and more balanced.
- We begin to view the world from a more stable and balanced structure, we gain confidence and the environment appears less threatening.
- Our body and mind becomes more flexible and open.