Structural Integration (SI) is a form of bodywork that focuses on freeing, realigning and reeducating the connective tissue or fascia of the body.
“Some individuals may perceive their losing fight with gravity as a sharp pain in their back, others as the unflattering contour of their body, others as constant fatigue, yet others as an unrelentingly threatening environment. Those over 40 may call it old age. And yet all these signals may be pointing to a single problem so prominent in their own structure, as well as others, that is has been ignored: they are off balance; they are at war with gravity.” — Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D
Why we need Structural Integration
Injury, trauma, or everyday things we do - computers, phones, driving or even how we respond to stress - will cause our bodies to tighten and strain over time. Fascia adjusts to accommodate strain and misalignment.
Fascia is the vehicle of form and support for the body. It is the layer under the skin, it surrounds muscles and muscle fibers, it surrounds organs. It gives the body shape and form. It is elastic and changeable. It connects and communicates.
Fascia that is caught up in one place can affect other areas of the body. So that problem in the bottom of your foot may affect your knee, your hip, or even your neck. An avid golfer may begin to notice his hips don’t move as well as they used to. A runner might notice that she just can’t stretch those hamstrings any longer. As the body shortens and tightens, our sense of wellbeing and balance diminishes.
Our bodies function best when they are balanced front to back, side to side, inside to outside. When they are unbalanced, our bodies begin to break down. These imbalances and compensations erode the relationship between body parts over time. We have decreased range of motion; our energy is down; we have chronic pain. We begin to lose a battle with the gravitational field of the earth. Instead of supporting us and lifting us, gravity weighs us down.