• When the body gets working appropriately,
    the force of gravity can flow through.
    Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself.”
    ~ Ida Rolf

Structural Integration (SI) is based on the work of Dr. Ida P. Rolf and is a type of bodywork that manipulates the connective tissue (or fascia) of the body. Fascia surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, organs, and nerves, binding some structures together while allowing others to slide smoothly over one another.

 

Fascia is uniquely designed to be elastic and move freely with muscles and bones. Injury, stress, work-related repetitive movements and the effects of aging can cause the fascia to lose some of this elasticity and become shorter, tighter, and denser.

 

What ensues is that tightened fascia pulls our muscles and skeletal structures out of proper alignment and posture, which in turn, can cause pain, discomfort, and debilitating fatigue.

 

Structural Integration works to lengthen, stretch, and soften this thickened tissue to restore postural balance, ease of movement, and a feeling of being more “at home” within your own body.

 

{Adapted from the IASI website}

Anatomy Trains Structural Integration

The ATSI framework is one particular “brand” of SI that I have chosen to use in my practice because…

✓ it is 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


ATSI 12 Series

In working with Structural Integration, we commit to a comprehensive 12-session treatment plan that works toward whole-body alignment.
 
The body areas we focus on vary from session to session, always gently beginning with more superficial work and moving into deeper sections of the body. All treatments involve shoulder and neck work.
 
The first section of each session will involve my visual assessment of your body alignment, noting the shifts and changes that result from earlier sessions and how your body integrates the work.
 
The work itself takes place mostly on a warmed, comfortable treatment table, with some techniques that are best done with you standing or sitting.
 
You will be wearing underwear for the duration of the assessment and treatment, with plenty of warm towels and gentle heat.
 
Sessions are spaced between 1-3 weeks apart to allow for both a treatment momentum and for ample time between sessions for your body to integrate the work.
 
In the first four sessions, we work to soothe and ease the superficial fascia and musculature.  Sessions five to eight open up the deeper anatomical structures, and the final four sessions integrate the previous work.
 
If you’re interested in a session-by-session breakdown of the 12-Series, download it HERE

THE ATSI 3-Series

The 3 Series treatment plan serves to fine-tune and enhance the results of the 12 Series several months after completion or can be used as an introduction to SI work.
 
The 3 series allows us to work incrementally on:

  1. The pelvic girdle and legs
  2. Thorax and arms
  3. Head and spine

Please note that each session is subject to change and will vary based on individual needs, goals and/or preferences.

 


If you’re looking for a different approach to bodywork for chronic pain and issues with mobility, then Structural Integration may be what you’re looking for.

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