Structural Integration Therapy

Structural Integration Therapy

Structural Integration is not a massage. Instead of focusing on the muscles, Structural Integration focuses on the fascia – the web of connective tissue that gives the body its structure and shape.

Often when we think of strength, flexibility or physical tension, we think of muscles.  However, it is the fascia that is mostly responsible for the shape of our bodies and how they are held together. Fascia is the protective layer of connective tissue that surrounds all the muscles, bones and organs of the body in a three-dimensional web.

The ongoing force of gravity, the stress of daily activities and physical injuries can all pull the body out of alignment, which causes the fascia to gradually shorten and tighten. Contracting in response to pain, holding the breath to block emotions, or slouching while working on a computer are all examples of patterns that can make the body stiff, rigid and restricted.

Re-positioning the Fascia

By lengthening and re-positioning the fascia, we allow for more space in the joints and the muscles have more freedom to move. When the body is aligned and balanced, it moves with greater ease. Learning new patterns that encourage length and height, and letting go of habitual holding that no longer serves the body allows a sense of freedom, a sensation of being upright, and increases overall energy.

It’s not how deep you go, it’s how you go deep.

— Ida Rolf

Benefits of Structural Integration Therapy include:

  • Increased flexibility and co-ordination

  • Improved postural alignment

  • Relief from chronic pain and discomfort

  • Release of stored emotional and physical trauma

  • Increased overall energy and stamina

  • Heightened body awareness

  • Improved physical performance

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