What is the structural integration Rolf method? The goal of Structural Integration is to obtain balance and alignment, serving both structure and function within the field of gravity by freeing and unwrapping the connective tissue called fascia.  Fascia is a thin yet fibrous tissue that is the binding tissue and support of the body.

What does Gravity have to do with Structural Integration? Gravity affects the body over time, some of the conditions we may develop as we age from gravity include: loss of circulation, loss of height, decreased flexibility, and sometimes-prolapsed organs can occur. Because of repetitive motions and overuse of our bodies, imbalances are created – oftentimes without knowing it.  Some may call these problems, but they’re merely unavoidable result of the constant force of gravity.  Structural integration aims to create lift from gravity working with connective tissue as the medium than a mere downward force that pulls at the body over time.  

How do fascia, connective tissue, and muscles relate to SI and what is the difference? Fascia is a thin, fibrous, strong tissue that envelopes and connects muscles. Connective tissue is broad word, but can be classified within four categories.  Its main purpose is to create structure and support connecting two or more types of connective tissue across the body.  Connective tissue as a whole should be resilient, flexible, effectively responds to the gravitational force, and hydrated.  When imbalances are created, connective tissue becomes dehydrated, course, and shortened.  Over time, the imbalances create strain in the body that can be felt by stiffness, general discomfort, the reduction of flexibility, and movement. 

Will Structural Integration hurt?  There are several factors to be considered if SI will hurt.  First, there are areas in the body that hold chronic tension or stress.  Also account for how long the compensatory pattern has been prevalent in the body.  The practitioner and client will gauge the level of intensity and threshold that is best pending the type of sensation present.  Sensations range from a satisfying release, tenderness, or temporary discomfort.  Structural integration is a very personal process and no one person’s is exactly alike.  The client and practitioner work together as a team.

What are the benefits? Structural Integration is a personal journey creating overall well-being and balance albeit a very physical process.  Many benefits occur throughout the process some being subtle, others more dramatic whether physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and so on.  As a result of these personal journey’s many clients report feeling taller and leaner that may give rise to a better appearance inwardly and outwardly, optimal digestion, heightened sense of self, increased energy, better balance, and flexibility.

What’s the difference between Structural Integration and massage? Massage and Structural Integration are both healing in nature, but the techniques performed are different. Both therapies include hands-on manipulation, but SI practitioners are broadening and lengthening connective tissue called fascia to create fluidity, whereas massage is primarily concerned with muscles.  Although there are various forms of massage, it is commonly used for relaxation achieving short-term results.  Structural Integration aims to achieve long-term results via structure and alignment organizing, shaping, and integrating within the field of gravity.

 

Here at Structura Body Therapies we are concerned with the overall performance of the body and understand the importance of all areas of health and massage therapy. We treat patients with all types of needs from automobile accident related injuries to sports performance work.

Please contact us today for any information needed related to massage or structural integration. 801-897-8711