Structural integration is a physical manipulation and movement education process utilizing the fascia network and the nervous system in the human body to create positive change structurally, energetically and kinesthetically.
Structural Integration is available and effective as individual treatment sessions. Nerve mobilization, visceral manipulation, and Craniosacral Therapy are often used to help the client out of acute pain.
For those wishing to make a greater commitment, Structural Integration is also offered as an 10-session series. In the series work, each session builds upon the last, addressing layers of tissue throughout the process. The series is designed to balance your body in segments, with each session addressing a different aspect of your structure and movement. This work will help remove compensations your body has developed over the years that may no longer benefit you.
Structural Integration was created by Dr. Ida P. Rolf, whose work is more commonly known by its nickname, Rolfing®. There are several structural integration schools around the country, all stemming from the work of Ida Rolf.
Through fascia manipulation, body-awareness, and movement re-education, Structural Integration works to release chronic structural imbalances and effectively realign the body.
Structural Integration educates the body's options for movement, creating change that releases old habits and allows the work to carry forward. As a result, a new sense of vitality and empowerment is available in one's own body. All types of people have benefited from Structural Integration. Children and older people alike can benefit from improved structural alignment.
SI has been effective in treating:
Chronic pain, joint pain, post-partum issues, sports injury, auto injury, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, TMJ, depression, ADD, tension, aches & pains & more.
Breakdown of Sessions:
Addresses the superficial structure and outer sleeve. Free the tissue surrounding the rib cage, lengthen the front line of the chest, resulting in feelings of lightness and well being, a more upright posture, and fuller, deeper breathing.
Focus on the body’s foundation, the lower legs and feet, creating a sense of being firmly grounded and in touch with reality.
Lengthen the sides of the body and free the shoulders so breathing can expand for greater relaxation and more immediately available energy.
Adjust and lengthen the center line, or core, that runs vertically through the body. After these sessions, walking takes a fraction of the energy typically expended, with improved balance and freedom of movement. These sessions should be completed within two weeks of each other.
Release the muscles of the neck, face, and head, resulting in a more relaxed appearance with increased self reliance and personal power.
Sessions 8, 9, 10
Integrate the whole body in a new and more efficient manner. Energy and vitality increase as the body’s structure becomes more aligned and balanced in gravity.
Session 11 (optional)
Release and integrate the myofascial wrapping of the arms and shoulders.