Myofascial Bodywork & Structural Integration FAQs

Here are the most common questions I get about the work that I do:


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?

Your initial session 60mins and standard SI sessions 50 – 75mins*.

*Sessions are goal-based rather than time-based. You can expect your session to fit approx with this timing, but our priority will be to work appropriately with the theme of your session rather than to follow the clock.

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 do not allow for full access to the spine.

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

What can I expect in a typical SI or bodywork session? 

In your first session, we will ask you to complete an intake form and we will discuss your reasons for coming to receive the work. You will have ample opportunity to chat (if desired) during the sessions as things come up.

FYI – we may take photos before and after the session (totally optional) and/or evaluate your alignment before starting. Sessions are done in your underwear/underclothes while lying on our therapy table.

We use elbows, hands, fingers, and knuckles, applying slow and specific pressure to the fascia to reorganize its position in your structure. You may be asked to keep your eyes open (nap time comes later!), breathe into the area we are working, or make small movements during the session.

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We love to begin and end sessions with techniques that we believe help ‘drop you in’, relaxing your nervous system and ensuring you get the most out of your session. The specifics of which techniques we use will depend on you, your body, your goals, and will be completely different for each person.

We end the session with gentle neck work and sometimes (for the homework lovers) we will give you a task to work on at home to help garner the most from your next session.

How long should I wait between sessions?


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

{More on 3-series}


– 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.

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What happens after I finish a 12-series?

The twelve-series is designed to leave your structure balanced and in a finished place. Many clients complete a twelve-series and never feel the need for another session.

Others view Structural Integration (SI) as an essential way of maintaining their bodies and come in for regular “tune-ups” (sometimes monthly or annually).

Some clients find so much more ease and relaxation in their bodies after SI that they use it instead of massage. Others take a break for several months after the twelve-series and then request a post-twelve-series, generally three sessions, which may focus on the client’s specific goals.

Lastly, some clients only use SI on an as-needed basis, such as after a fall. These are all excellent ways to use SI after you’ve completed the initial work. Do what works for you.


How long will the physical changes last?

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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 the ATSI type of Structural Integration 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.


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Specialty service FAQs: 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!”


{More on Dry Needling}

FAQs: 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 & 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 & 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 distinctive a beginning and an end to this process)


Hopefully that covers all of your pressing Myofascial Bodywork and Structural Integration FAQs

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