How Does Structural Integration Work?
By lengthening and opening the patterns in the connective tissue. As a result, the thickened, toughened tissue becomes soft, rehydrated and more pliable. This allows movement and flexibility. Structural Integration changes the body’s compensations because it organizes the imbalances in the tissue. The systematic approach to relating gravity through the myofascial layers aligns the body and improves posture. The body lengthens allowing muscles the space to work and joints the freedom to function,
How Does Structural Integration Feel?
(Or in the words of so many, does it hurt?) I find it interesting that most people who have opinions about Structural Integration being painful have never experienced the process. Much of this reputation for pain came from the early days when Structural Integration was first gaining public recognition. Since that time the process has greatly evolved. As far as the actual experience is concerned, the area being worked will vary in sensation and feeling depending upon injuries to an area or holding of chronic stress as well as other factors. Feelings can range from pleasurable release to momentary discomfort. My goal is to make each client’s experience one of self-empowerment. This process is yours – not mine. We will work together at your level and pace.
Does Structural Integration Last?
YES! Photographs taken of clients years after the Basic Ten Series show that changes were still present and structure often improved. Keep in mind however, as life changes, bodies change in response. All injuries, accidents, lengthy illnesses and emotional stress may necessitate additional work.
Are There Psychological Benefits?
While Structural Integration is primarily concerned with physical changes in the body, it affects the whole person. We are made up of emotions, attitudes, belief systems and behavior patterns as well as the physical being. All are related. Align the physical structure and it will open up the mind.
What are the Benefits?
Structural Integration is a very personal process. It is important to remember that because no two people are alike, their experience and the benefits will never be exactly the same. As a result of the process people often appear taller and slimmer. Some actually gain anywhere from 1/4″ to over one inch in height. Feelings of discomfort or pain are often alleviated. Other often experienced benefits are greater flexibility, a feeling of lightness and fluidity, better balance, increased breathing capacity, increased energy and greater self-confidence.
Structural Integration helps you lift more weight and increases a fuller range of motion by lengthening and fascia and muscle. Fibers which, in turn increases the ability to lift more.
There is a growing number of world class athletes in every sport using Structural Integration as part of their training regiment for increasing muscle strength, endurance, breathing capabilities, flexibility and its other preventative effects.