Based on the work of Dr. Ida Rolf, Structural Integration (SI) is an interactive series of bodywork sessions, whose goal is to open, align, and balance one's body primarily through working with fascia, or connective tissue. Rather than repairing injuries or imposing perfect posture, SI practitioners work to mobilize fascial (connective tissue) layers, and support their clients' ability to move in a free and balanced manner.
This type of work is a good choice for people who are dealing with chronic pain and injuries, and those who suffer repetitive overuse and postural strain. Injury and repetitive movement patterns can cause dysfunction in the body, as connective tissues gradually adjust to accommodate misalignment.
Think about the tires on your car. Misalignment can cause abnormal wear and tear not only on the tires, but on many other parts of the vehicle as well. Correct alignment and maintenance allows your car to function properly and get full longevity on all of its parts and pieces. Same goes for your body.
Although Dr. Ida Rolf designed Structural Integration to happen in a ten-session format, it may be that you will benefit from fewer (or more!) sessions. We highly suggest you commit to at least 3 sessions, and then at that point, decide if you would like to continue with the series.
Clients can expect to participate in a way that differs from a traditional relaxation massage. SI practitioners may ask for movement, and will often conduct parts of the session seated or standing. Because you will be asked to move around and actively participate in these sessions, this work is best done in soft, comfortable clothing.
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