“Structural Integration was introduced by Ida Rolf in the 1960s as a bodywork method to improve a person’s posture, flexibility, and relationship to the constant force of gravity. It includes a systematic and strategic treatment protocol that focuses on the body’s connective tissue known as fascia. The often-dramatic results include an elongated, decompressed and more resilient body, which is more adaptive on both an internal and external basis.

Fasci forms an extensive support superstructure within the body, providing a protective cover for organs and muscles. There is a superficial fascial layer lying just below the dermis that is an entire “body leotard”. Futhermore, each muscle fiber itself (there are thousands of fibers per muscle) are encased with fascia. This fascial network holds our shape, and forms a ubiquitous web that separates and connects our entire inner environment. This dynamic tissue can be modified and responds to mechanical stresses to the body by adapting to our daily routines. This is unfortunate in the case of a person with habitual poor posture, or repetitive strain patterns, or the trauma resultant from an accident. These incidences can pull the body out of musculoskeletal alignment, and result in fascial tissue compensations that are thickened, shortened, and glued to surrounding structures. Since this fascial web is interconnected throughout the body, then these thickened areas can have far-reaching strain transmission. Not only can this result in chronic pain and altered gait patterns, but also a loss in blood and lymphatic flow to affected joints, tissues, and internal organs.

Structural Integration serves to systematically open the fascial spaces in a way that provides deep, long-lasting, and significant results. The anatomical precision and focus of each treatment session follows a strategic method of opening the tissue, yet it is individualized for each person’s structural issues. The practitioner is trained to observe gait patterns, and pelvic or thoracic rotations and shifts that are within the client’s anatomical structure. Changes to the person’s structure are incremental and bring more ease on both a physiological and psychological level. For more information, please call Balance Massage Therapy & Skincare at 413-566-3852.