'Your body doesn't have a soul. Your body is the soul.' Jaap van der Wal, Embryologist
Deep Tissue bodywork that is more than a massage
Structural Integration (SI) has long been the secret of professional and Olympic athletes, dancers, musicians and many others commited to find relief from injuries and pain that interfere with their chosen vocation. With over 30 years of results to reference, medical doctors, chiropractors and the like are now directing patients with chronic aches toward this body therapy as a method of easing pain, increasing flexibility and improving alignment.
This type of therapeutic bodywork aims to balance your fascia (the connective tissue web that runs through the body) so it's released in areas of restriction and supported in areas of weakness. It's known to be a tonic for body and mind, opening tissues that feel stiff and are stuck, initiating change in posture, movement, energy levels, and general dynamism.
Feeling tight and a bit rusty?
The effects of this work:
- release of muscle tension and chronic pain - better body awareness (dysfunctional, habitual posture- and movement patterns) - increased range of motion, ease of movement - increased athletic performance and endurance* - a more lifted, effortless posture - increased energy, reduction of stress and tension - increased breathing capacity (assisting relaxation, detoxification, metabolism and so much more. Breathing is living) - improved balance
*We address both extrinsic and intrinsic tissues that are critical to optimal performance. Athletic clients generally notice an improvement in recovery time, movement patterns, flexibility and a decrease in acute and chronic pain.
Do chronic pain and restrictions hold you back from doing what you love?
'I feel much lighter and taller.' is an often received feedback post-treatment. Clients report a relief from chronic pain and a sense of more space and move-ablitiy in their bodies.
This work is different to a massage, as it sometimes requires your participation as well as your willingness to learn healthier postural and movement habits.
Each session includes a body reading and mobility based exercises/ routines to do at home.
This short video from my friend and Anatomy Trains Structural Integration colleague Leonid Moroz from California illustrates the work we do fantastically. So as long as I don't have such a great trailer please enjoy this one.
Thanks for the kind permission Leonid!
What the fuzz?
Want to learn a little bit more? In this video anatomist Gil Hedley, explains:
How movement melts the fuzz in our body
Why and how we are getting stiff
How our motion become limited as we age
The benefits of body therapies and how it can introduce movement manually to tissues that are fuzzed over
Single / Drop-In Session Use the session as an all over tune up, a relief from physical and mental tension, pain, bodily discomfort or as an introduction to this kind of bodywork.
12 Session Series The 12 series is divided into three parts
Superficial Sessions The first four sessions work the superficial soft tissues of the front, back and sides of the body.
The Core Sessions Sessions five to eight, work the soft tissue structures that relate to the core, the deeper aspect of the body. We start from the feet, and end at the neck and jaw. The Integration Sessions The final four sessions, session nine to twelve, are the anchor for the work of the previous sessions. One session will address the legs and pelvis, one the pelvis and torso, one the shoulder girdle and arms, and finally the ending session ties together whatever was most important within your 12 session series.
Depending on your goals and needs, I will discuss with you and devise an individual plan to get your body back to centre and balance.
Lynn Acchione, professional marathon runner:“A physical therapist told me to look into Structural Integration to heal a long time running injury. I had tried several other therapies but they only provided temporary results. Structural Integration keeps my body aligned, preventing injury by not allowing my body to make compensations due to misalignment. It has improved my flexibility and keeps my hips loose, which increases endurance and speed. I have finally gone over a year without any running injuries!”
Tim Thackery, former US National Taekwondo champion: “Structural Integration has given me a better presence than my competition. My posture has dramatically improved. My stance is firm. Not only has Structural Integration given me a mental advantage, it has increased my breathing capacity, improved my range of motion and I am more flexible. These are all qualities critical to becoming a winner in the Taekwondo sport.”
Sianna Sherman, International Yoga Teacher: "The effect Structural Integration has had on my yoga practice is so remarkable I would make something up just to get on the table."
Nathan Hedge (aka Hog), Professional Surfer: “I found that after a series of sessions my body felt more in tune energy-wise and more aligned, which is paramount for good surfing technique. The more you can position your hips to be aligned with your shoulders centered over your surfboard, then ultimately your maneuvers will be bigger, more explosive and will throw more spray.”