Structural Integration

Connective tissue lines all the body cavities, provides the framework for the minerals that create cartilage and bone, and separates the muscles and their individual fibers. It so permeates the body that if you were to remove every other kind of cell and leave the connective tissues in place, you’d still be able to see exactly what you looked like.

Connective tissue possesses special properties that make it possible to change its shape and pliability.   Massage practitioners take advantage of these properties to get results that relieve excessive tensions which may be pulling the body out of healthy alignment. Realigning our bodies to work in harmony with gravity

Structural Integration is an innovative approach to well-being that recognizes a
natural order inherent in the human being.

When the musculo-skeletal system is re-balanced and re-aligned and optimal movement restored, our innate self-healing abilities stimulate a new vitality. The Structural Integration series is a sequence of 10 sessions designed to restore natural structure and function.

The essence of Structural Integration is to foster growth, an expansion of body awareness and conscious choice to bring aliveness, alignment and fluidity to daily body use.  Sessions are 90-minutes in length.

Structural Integration Bodywork straightens and untwists a body, restoring its natural balanced relationship with gravity.

How do the Structural Integration Sessions work?

bodyalignmentEvery body is different, and yet in another very fundamental way, everyone is the same. We are all the same in that most people have two legs, a pelvis, rib cage, neck and head, etc. The ten sessions reflects this level of sameness we all share. And yet the way the ten sessions are performed is different according to the uniqueness of each individual. One analogy is that the ten sessions are a map, a basic guide for balancing the human structure. Like any map, you use it to get to the general area you want to visit. But once you get there, you put the map away, and you start exploring what you see around you.

Part of the reason for the effectiveness of Structural Integration is because of this systematic approach. It is somewhat like the process of tuning the drum skin on the frame of a drum. The way to tune a drum is very symmetrically, a little on one side, a little on the opposite side, then a little at right angles, and then opposite to that, and so on, all around the drum. Then you start over and tune a little more, very carefully, symmetrically all the way around again. The reason for this approach is that to do a good job, you want to make sure the skin fits the frame properly, and in a balanced manner. It is similar with Structural Integration. There is an artful intelligence to how SI gradually opens and restores a body it to its naturally balanced pattern.