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I have been curious to learn more about postpartum care and Structural Integration. I have many clients who have had children, some more recent than others. I believe their shift in form and lack of bodywork post-baby is held in some of their presenting acute and chronic dysfunctions and altered sensations. I wondered about how SI could be used specifically for these women.
This article is not only amazing for answering these questions from a first hand perspective, but also a great read for the definition of SI in general.
Here are a few take aways:
SI isn't a "forever" therapy: there is a beginning, middle and end to the method.
"One of the things I like about Rolfing® is that it has a structure and it is finite. Unlike some forms of therapy which can carry on for years with no end in sight, Rolfing® is based on ten sessions, each of which is dedicated to different parts of the body. It’s a clear, defined program of treatment and obviously within that framework, there is scope for the Rolfer™to adapt the programme to your body and your particular needs in that session."
Is SI different from traditional massage therapy sessions?
"Whereas the objective of massage therapy is relaxation and the release of tension, Rolfing® aims to provide long-term overall improvement in the body’s alignment and functioning by focusing on the fascia. The benefits of a Rolfing® session endure long after the session."
Is SI similar to Chiropractics?
"Similarly, whilst Rolfing® and chiropractic work both seek to align the body through hands-on manipulation, only Rolfing® lengthens and balances the fascia systematically to remove restrictions and correct imbalances. Chiropractors focus primarily on the alignment of bones and joints by moving the bone to its proper position, but if the fascia isn’t addressed bones can become misaligned again. The fascia is the thin membrane that surrounds individual muscle fibers, nerves and blood vessels, connects muscle to bone and forms tendons and ligaments. It looks a bit like cling-film or that thin, white layer you often see in raw chicken or steak. It prevents friction by allowing the muscles, tendons and so on to glide over each other on movement. Over time, poor posture, injury, stress and repetitive movements can cause the fascia to become tight and pull the muscles out of alignment. This is usually felt in the body as chronic pain, knots, pain, tension or stiffness, with decreased flexibility. One of the remarkable qualities of connective tissue is its plasticity, which is why it is so responsive to Rolfing® treatment."