• “This is the gospel of ROLFING:
    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

The first four sessions begin with differentiating the superficial fascia and muscles. The fifth to eighth sessions open up the deeper structures, and the last four sessions integrate the previous eight sessions together.

The focus will vary from session to session, and all treatments will involve some shoulder and neck work, starting with superficial structures first, then moving into deeper sections of the body.

If you’re interested in a session-by-session breakdown of the 12-Series, download it HERE

The 3-Series + Individual SI Sessions

After you’ve completed the initial 12 Series and are interested in more bodywork, there are several options available.

 

THE ATSI 3-SERIES:

The 3-series can be used either as an introduction to structural integration work, It can be used as a tool to fine-tune and enhance the results several months after finishing a 12-series, or as a treatment modality in itself.

 

If you are interested in ATSI but not yet ready to commit to 12 sessions or are looking for a tune-up after your 12 series, the 3-series is a good option.

 

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

 

Session 1 – Pelvic Girdle and Legs

– The feet and their alignments between feet to ankles and knees to thighs

– Structures supporting the torso and abdominals

– Neck work and seated benchwork

 

Session 2 – Thorax and Arms

– The ribcage and the diaphragm

– Abdominals, upper back, head, neck, shoulders, and arms

– Seated benchwork

 

Session 3 – Head and Spine

– Spinal bends and rotations

– Abdominal and deep core work

– Tying up loose ends from previous sessions

 


Bodywork & Myofascial Release

This is the collective term for the full range of soft-tissue techniques used by specially-trained therapists to treat medical conditions and injuries.

These techniques include:

  • myofascial release
  • deep-tissue therapy
  • trigger-point therapy
  • dry needling
  • myofascial cupping

Health conditions that Myofascial Bodywork can help with:

My techniques are particularly beneficial to help relieve muscular tension, spasms, strains and back pain, as well as helping to reduce the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress-related disorders.

Myofascial Bodywork can help control pain associated with TMJ dysfunction, sciatica, fibromyalgia, and headaches. Also overuse conditions – tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain injuries.

I help many people who are desk-bound, stressed, injured athletes as well as those that simply enjoy the benefit of regular bodywork for general health and wellbeing.

All styles of bodywork seek to reduce pain and strain and are committed to treating the whole person.

 


Myofascial Dry Needling

Dry needling can effectively manage chronic and acute pain resulting from soft tissue strains and injuries. A technique likened to trigger point therapy with needles – dry needling uses acupuncture needles to release tight, inflamed and often chronically painful conditions.

What Dry Needling may restore:

✓ range of movement

✓ blood flow

✓ muscle and soft tissue function

What Dry Needling may eliminate:

→ inflammation

→ pain, tightness & tenderness

→ further injury

→ restricted movement

This therapy is especially effective when used in conjunction with myofascial release techniques.

 

INDIVIDUAL BODYWORK SESSIONS:

You can come in as needed for individual sessions. These can focus on changes or symptoms that have come up for you.

An assessment is always included in these sessions, and although it may be geared toward your current issues, it is still important for us to work with the whole-body pattern that may be contributing to these symptoms.


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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