Structural Integration does not “cure” symptoms or achieve perfection; it begins a process. Its goal is to establish balance with gravity. The ten-hour cycle is a first step in that direction. SI is an ongoing process that continues long after the work has been completed. Bodies have a natural liking for uprightness, comfort and ease. Insofar as they can experience it, they try to live in a place of balance. In this place, the energy of gravity can flow with (not counter to) the energy of the individual. — Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D

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What to expect in a SI session

Each session begins with the practitioner and client discussing the client’s current condition. Sessions are done with a client in underwear or a bathing suit. Men may wear loose fitting shorts. Women may wear bra and underwear or a two-piece bathing suit. The practitioner will typically observe the client’s structure standing, moving and sitting. This is called body reading. This visual observation assists the practitioner in assessing relationship and change in the client’s body.

Diane Roth giving Structural Integration treatment

SI sessions usually are one hour in length. The bodywork is deep but should not be painful. Working through particularly adhered tissue can be momentarily uncomfortable, however a SI practitioner will adjust pressure so the body will accept the touch and change may occur.

sunFrequently asked questions about SI sessions