Structural Integration

Alternative healing that works its way right into your heart

Structural integration is based on the idea that the entire structural order of the body needs to be realigned and balanced around a "central vertical line" representing gravity's influence.

Structural integration therapy is largely made up of a massage technique called Rolfing. This technique, named in honor of its creator, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, is meant to manipulate the soft tissues (or myofascial tissues) within the body in order to create freer, safer movement through better posture and overall balance of all bodily systems. In many ways it is similar to myofascial release.

A practitioner of structural integration has a 10-session cycle of work, using different angles and degrees of physical pressure to stretch and guide fascia to a place of easier movement. Therapeutic intervention is directed toward the myofascial system - which include the ligaments, muscles, tendons and surrounding connective tissues.

During a structural integration session, the therapist will massage areas outward and in toward the heart and vital organs. The manipulation of the fascia (the system that connects all the body's systems) is thought to free up areas of congestion within the body. These areas of congestion have been determined as trouble spots that collect sickness and disease, and harbor injury. The structural integration of the body allows for greater freedom and ease of movement, in addition to better overall health.

Structural integration is of particular benefit to professional athletes, dancers, ice skaters, gymnasts and anyone who depends on their posture and structural alignment in order to perfect their sport. However, everyone can benefit from regular structural integration sessions as it is known to ease chronic pain and make everyday activities more effective - and less painful. This is because the Rolfing technique gently restructures the body, allowing the body to perform more effectively, and to use less energy when performing regular daily moves because they are performed right the first time.

The biggest improvement found with regular Rolfing sessions is posture. Studies show that when people undergo it on a regular basis, they complain of less back pain because their spinal curvature is corrected.

The overall goal of structural integration is to create a more resilient, higher-energy system free of inhibitions due to past trauma - such as workplace injury or an automobile accident.

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