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What is Structural Integration

Updated: Nov 2, 2023

Structural Integration (SI) is a method of total-body rebalancing.

This bodywork method combines many modalities (manual therapy, active client participation, breath-work, movement cue-ing, body-reading analysis) to shift the fascial system over a series of sessions.

The fascial system is the body's system of posture and connection. It provides a container / scaffolding for the body's tissues and structures. Think of an orange. The white fibrous area of the orange hold in and creates a shape for the contents. This is similar to the role of the fascial system. If the container is stuck in a position outside of neutral, the other tissues and structures of the body will operate out of neutral as well. If the container is operating from a more central place, there are less compensation patterns in all areas of the body...thus more overall energy and efficiency.

The full ATSI (Anatomy Trains Structural Integration) method is 12 sessions long.

Each session has a particular territory of the body it addresses. From superficial to deep, the lines and layers of fascial connection are re-balanced.

These sessions should take place between 1 and 3 weeks of one another, dependent on your resources or your body's pace of integrating the work (fast or slow).

Once you finish a full series, you should have a body that allows you to receive input more easily. Daily movement, massage, exercise, mindfulness activities, therapy, physical therapy, etc...should have a longer lasting affect on a more balanced structure.

Goals of SI

- Decrease soft tissue (muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, etc.) PAIN

- Create a deeper connection between a person's body and mind...EMBODIMENT

- Help a person feel more at home in their body

- Bring greater balance, ease, and space to the body's fascial system so other total-body systems can have the energy to operate more optimally (lymphatic, circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, etc.)

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