Structural Integration is a type of bodywork that focuses and works with the connective tissue, or the fascia, of the body. Fascia is the tissue that surrounds and encompasses the muscles, the groups of muscles, organs, blood vessel, and nerves connecting some structures together whilst allowing others to slide easily over each other. The fascia gives muscles their shape and the body its structure.
Fascia is intended to be elastic and move openly with the bones and muscles. Stress, injury and the continuing pull of gravity can pull the fascia out of alignment and lose its elasticity and become tighter, shorter and more dense. Tightened or misaligned fascia can pull our skeleton and muscles out of correct alignment and posture, bringing about discomfort, pain and fatigue.
Structural Integration aligns and balances the body and works to stretch, lengthen and soften the fascia to bring about postural balance, efficient movement and feelings of comfortability inside your own body. Structural Integration is conducted over multiple sessions or ‘series’ within a specifically designed and customised approach. The practitioner will apply pressure to certain points on the body, working the entire fascial system in a systematic and customised way. When restricted fascia is released and lengthened the body can return to its structurally optimal position.
The Benefits of Structural Integration: