Structural Integration Therapy
What is it?
Structural therapy is a type of bodywork that focuses on the connective tissue (fascia), and works to lengthen, stretch, soften, and re-organize this tissue to restore postural balance, ease of movement, and a feeling of being more at home in your body. Based on the work of Dr. Ida P. Rolf, it is designed to restore postural balance by aligning and integrating the body in gravity.
What is fascia?
It's EVERYWHERE inside you. Fascia is multi-dimensional tissue that enwraps your musculature, connects muscle to bone, bone to bone, slings your inner organs, cushions your vertebrae, and covers your bones. Daily life affects your fascia - how you sleep, sit, carry your backpack, drive your car, etc. Fascia becomes glued down on itself, hardened and dehydrated as it responds to misalignment and dysfunctional movement over time. Structural work helps revive and free the tissue via skilful application of pressure, movement, and sculpting of the fascia. To learn more about your fascia, check out this excellent article, "The Top 5 Ways Fascia Matters to Athletes", by Brooke Thomas at breakingmuscle.com.
What to expect:
This practice goes in-depth and features more interaction between practitioner and client, both communicating, feeling, and breathing together to do the work of the session. Sessions are done with a client wearing undergarments/loose fitting shorts. Each session begins with a physical assessment of your body standing, moving, and sitting to discern how you work to hold your body in gravity, and be able to track change. We'll also discuss where you feel tension or pain, any injuries or ailments, and collaborate on how to apply this work to your own personal needs.
A full Structural Integration course is practiced in an organized series of 10 sessions of 60-90 minutes each. These sessions systematically unwind your fascia web, each building on the one before it. As the sessions progress, your body unravels habitual stress and compensations, revealing more efficient, graceful, effortless movement, balance, and alignment. Structural Integration is also effective for spot-work, focusing on an issue and addressing your specific concerns.
Sessions are usually one hour in length. The work is deep but should not be painful. Particularly stuck tissue can be momentarily uncomfortable, but we will work at a pace and a pressure that your body is willing to accept, so you can receive the information of the touch and change may occur.
"Anna's understanding of the individual body and its needs are astounding. After one session (of ten) with her, my structure started to reorganize and I began carry myself in an easier, more present way than I ever had before. I feel like a more fully realized person since completing the sessions."
~Ryan Czerwonko, Actor/Singer
"Although my structural therapy series with Anna ended several months ago, my body has been entirely and joyfully pain-free ever since. She indeed changed the very structure of my body in a way that lets me move more freely and efficiently in my daily life and in my yoga. I am thrilled with the results of my sessions. Anna is truly a healer--and that is embodied in every touch. She has my 100% recommendation."
~Rachel Fiske, Yoga Teacher/Tantrika/Spiritual Coach/Writer