STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION

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Structural Body Work sessions can be used to resolve particular problems for your posture, movement, and how you carry yourself through the world. Your body is your most proximate tool. How do you use it? Structural Body Work can be seen as an extended course in reacquainting yourself with your body in motion, whether you are a finely-tuned athlete, or a computer-bound couch potato.

Most of us have collected extra tension through the course of our lives, either from injury or surgery, imitation of our parents or heroes, from our repetitive activities, or attitudes we’ve acquired along the way. These injuries and tensions form a pattern in our bodies. These patterns become written into our muscular tensions, or skeletal form, and into the tissues that go between: the connective tissues.

 

The human body has thousands of parts and some are  meant for movement and  others are meant to create stability within our structure. Due to genetic or environmental reasons our muscles and ligaments can become shorter and tighter or looser and weaker. These tight or loose muscles and ligaments can cause inefficiencies that create compensation patterns that can eventually lead to pain and or injury.  

The Structural Body Work 3 Series approach is to free the binding and shortening in these connective tissues, what we refer to as the “fascial network”, and to re-educate the body in efficient and energy-sustaining (as opposed to energy-robbing) patterns.

 

This process happens over a series of 3 Sessions. First, we will talk over your history and help you set realistic goals for the process. We may take pictures of your body posture to have a record of where you started and where you finish in this work.

 

Most Structural Body Work sessions are done in underwear or a bathing suit. Your comfort is paramount, but we need to get directly to the tissues that are restricting the free flow of movement. Much of the session work is done on a treatment table, though some moves are done on a stool or even standing.

The practitioner will contact tissues and ask you to move, freeing old restrictions and encouraging the tissues back to a more open place called for by your body’s inherent design.

Session 1 - Pelvic Girdle and Legs

Goals of Session One are to balance the lower limbs and pelvic girdle, enhance awareness of postural patterns, establish a sense of core support and to develop a sense of grounding in the feet.

Session 2 - Shoulder Girdle and Arms

Goals of Session Two include "Opening the Breath" thru the Rib Cage and Abdominals.  We will look at balancing the Shoulder Girdle in it's relationship to the Rib Cage and Neck creating balance and easement.

Session 3 - Spine

For Session Three, we will connect and Integrate the work of the first two sessions thru attention to the Spine.  Goals are to  Open the Breath while creating ease, balance and fluidity of movement. 

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Fascia is a thin casing of connective tissue that surrounds and holds every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fiber and muscle in place. The tissue does more than provide internal structure; fascia has nerves that make it almost as sensitive as skin. When stressed, it tightens up.