Structural Integration

Structural integration can affect the neural, fascial, musculo and skeletal system balance that aligns the body in the gravitational field to reduce pain and decrease anxiety. Structural practitioners are trained in functional, biomechanical and kinesiological analysis to change structure.

Structural integration was first developed by Ida Rolf in the 1930’s and evolved from sources like osteopathy, chiropractic, yoga, etc. The work is based on the premise that each segment of the body should relate properly to the others. The focus is on the connective tissue matrix of the body to bring all parts into balance.

Chronic structural problems can cause a fixation in the spinal column and nerve pain that are benefitted greatly from spinal cord release in order to facilitate freedom from pain in muscles, tendons, bones, etc. The therapist who performs these release techniqes calls the work structural integration, myofascial release and somato release or sometimes deep tissue massage. The trained therapist can determine quickly where the stress is coming from to release the constricted area.

In the case of muscle constriction, the sarcomeres between muscles are usually stuck and need to be released by stimulation to the part of the brain sending the constricting message to the golgi tendon or flower spray messaging of the muscle. In this case, there is often an emotional memory that was painful and releases as well.

Some of this release work can be done by phone and is better in person.