Structural Integration assists the body back into structural and functional integrity by removing tensions and restrictions in the connective tissue web.
Awareness of how we move and use our bodies is essential to balance and integration. Reeducation of movement patterns, reactions to stress, and response to emotion are part of every session and an essential ingredient to Structural Integration bodywork.
How Structural Integration Works
SI does this by manually freeing and sculpting fascia. Fascia becomes glued, hard and dehydrated as it responds to misalignment and malfunction over time. The SI practitioner can free these restrictions by the skilled application of pressure and movement.
The approach to opening and freeing the body often occurs initially over a series of 10 sessions. These sessions systematically unwind the connective tissue web, each session building on the one before it. As the sessions progress, the body will unravel its habitual stresses and compensations, allowing more efficient movements, alignment and balance.
- Sessions 1, 2, and 3, superficially unwinds the entire body. By working with the superficial fascia first, the body is available for the next series of sessions.
- Sessions 4, 5, 6 and 7, work with the core structures of the body, specifically with how this core fascia affects the pelvis and spine.
- Sessions 8, 9 and 10, integrate the information and patterns that have been uncovered in the first seven sessions.
Although the 10 session format is a systematic approach to change, the principles of Structural Integration are easily applied to any issue, complaint or problem that may arise in the human structure and can be practiced effectively to address specific concerns. Moreover, after a series of SI work, a person may want to continue using the structural approach in on going bodywork for well-being.