ATSI, Massage & Bodywork Sessions

Here are the most common questions about working with Emma Simpson:


Are your fees covered by Health Funds/Insurance?

All of my services are covered by all major health funds. You will need to contact your healthcare services provider to see what kind of coverage you have.

HICAPS is available for on-the-spot health fund payments.


Time per session?

Allow 60-90mins, unless specific duration has been scheduled.


What to wear?

Your level of comfort is important. And it is equally important to have full access to the areas necessary in each session.


FOR WOMEN – a two-piece bathing suit, or a bra and full coverage underwear/running shorts that allow for full range of movement. Avoid sports bras that does not allow for full access to the spine.


FOR MEN – full coverage boxer shorts, running shorts or bathing suit recommended.


How long should I wait between sessions?


Ideally a week in between, but every-2 weeks or once a month is acceptable.



– Sessions 1-4: All four sessions can be done within one week, or one week apart, due to the fact that each session focuses on a different part of the body.

– Sessions 5-8: Should be done a week apart.

– Sessions 9-12: Can be done 1-3 weeks apart.

E.g. If you stick to 1 session/week schedule, the 12-series will be completed in approximately 3 months time.


How long will the physical changes last?

Depending on how complex your compensation patterns are, it may take a bit of time to unwind all the structures involved. More often than not, the deeper the structure and the longer it has been that way, the shorter the effects will last.

Ideally, if you establish a dedicated daily self-care routine, and address the root causes that are causing your discomfort (eg. crossing your legs, or sitting at a computer for extended periods of time), the impact of SI treatments will last longer.

Your body’s ability to hold these positive changes is based on age, hydration levels, tissue type, tissue conditions, as well as other factors.

The ATSI series is carefully worked out in a sequence that is designed to prevent you from regressing. In fact, you can expect positive changes to keep developing in the months following the end of the series.


What makes ATSI different?

ATSI is one particular form of Structural Integration and as such, there are many other brands of SI – Rolfing®, Guild of Structural Integration, Hellerwork, Soma, Core…just to name a few!

I chose to specifically practice the Anatomy Trains “brand” of Structural Integration for the following reasons:

  • System-oriented, rather than based entirely on symptoms
  • Treatment is applied gently and sensitively, with full client participation and autonomy
  • ATSI-certified practitioners welcome and value the input of other disciplines

Although many people are drawn to Structural Integration because they’re experiencing some kind of pain or restriction, the true intent of this work is to get to the underlying root condition behind the acute issues.

The key is to create an environment where the client becomes independent and stable on their own, rather than creating a long-term dependency on the therapist or continued work, as seen with some other modalities.

ATSI is compatible with acupuncture, homeopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic, sacrocranial work, and most forms of massage, yoga, and exercise.

Massage and Structural Integration…what’s the difference?

Massage Therapy Structural Integration
A passive process for the client An interactive partnership between client and practitioner.

Client participates through practitioner-guided movements.

Addresses muscular, circulatory and nervous systems,

usually to calm all three.

Addresses fascia (connective tissue), which impacts all other systems in the body
Traditional goals include full body relaxation and/or

treating symptomatic areas

Addresses full-body patterns. System-, not symptom, -oriented work
Session performed on treatment table with client

appropriately draped in sheets

Session performed using treatment table, special bench seat and client movement.

Client in full-coverage undergarments or minimal clothing

Done for wellness, stress reduction, treatment

for acute injuries, etc.

Symptoms may or may not return.

Done for full body change. When you want LASTING change from chronic issues
Open-ended process: you can see a massage

practitioner for 20 years if you like

Done in a Series of 3- or 12 Sessions

There is a beginning and an end to this process.


Myofascial Dry Needling

A technique likened to trigger point therapy with needles – dry needling uses acupuncture needles to release tight, inflamed and often chronically painful conditions. This can be an especially effective therapy when used in conjunction with remedial massage techniques.


Do the needles hurt?

Initially, there can be some discomfort. Sometimes even the word needle can evoke a level of unease or worry in people.  The aim of dry needling is to initiate a twitch response from the trigger point (a taut band or ‘knot’ in a muscle), this, in turn, relaxes the muscle.

The twitch response can feel like a dull ache or throb, although it can be uncomfortable it is often a welcomed feeling – like “ahhh, someone finally hit the spot!”


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