Neuromuscular Integration and Structural Alignment (NISA)
Neuromuscular Integration & Structural Alignment, also commonly referred to as NISA, aims to stretch, loosen and soften the body's fibrous tissues that surround the muscles and organs in our bodies. This stretching and loosening is important in order to restore function and maintain muscle elasticity.
Many of us have had our mothers tell us to sit up straight. Well I know we hate to admit mother was right, but our bodys fascia shortens, hardens and causes us pain mainly due to sloppy posture. Undesirable posture can also result in other problems such as shortness of breath. It can also painfully restrict the way we move and cause chronic joint and muscle pain if posture is not corrected over a long period of time.
Neuromuscular integration and structural alignment is a beneficial treatment that starts with improving the posture. In essence, this therapy does exactly what it suggests it restores our proper body alignment (mainly posture) in order to relieve pain, restricted breathing and restricted movement.
Neuromuscular integration and structural alignment technique was developed by SOMA bodywork, a method of therapy invented by psychologist Bill Williams and his physician-wife, Ellen Gregory Williams. So neuromuscular integration and structural alignment technique is a marriage of medicine and psychology. Its half rooted in psychology and the idea that the body has a integral link to a persons psychological well being; while the other half is rooted in the actual neuromuscular practice of re-aligning the body. This is why NISA therapists firmly believe that a perfectly aligned body is the key to a harmonious body-mind connection.
NISA consists of 12 sessions for a complete therapy. It approaches the body gently to accomplish structural alignment. In fact, NISA is basically a softer version of Rolfing, a massage technique that aims to improve balance and flexibility with deep manipulation of rigid muscles, bones, and joints. The NISA technique is designed to affect the fascia by separating and stretching it.