What is Structural Integration?


SI considers the whole person:  It is based on the recognition that patterns of movement, posture, and strain happen to the whole person not just the corner where pain shows up.   As my teacher Tom Myers writes "This year's neck pain was built on last year's mid-back pain, which derived in turn from a sacroiliac problem three years earlier, which in fact rests on a lifelong tendency to sprain that left ankle."  

SI is systematic:  It is a process that takes place over a finite series of sessions (usually 3 or 12) designed to relieve symptoms or presenting problems by raising the functioning of the whole system.  

SI is collaborative:   It is an active process between practitioner and client that seeks to initiate change for the better in your posture and your movement via connective tissue (fascial) manipulation.  

What is Anatomy Trains Structural Integration?

Anatomy Trains is the form of Structural Integration practiced at Long Lines.  It offers an integrated view of anatomy mapping out the transmission of stress in the body via 12 lines of continuous myofascia.  

What are Structural Integration Sessions Like?

Each session begins with a client check in regarding your history and current habits followed by a postural assessment to help determine a unique strategy for your session.

The bodywork is mostly conducted on a treatment table but also utilizes seated and standing postures.  

You will be encouraged to fully participate in the work as your movements (in concert with the manual techniques) are an essential ingredient towards unlocking stuck tissue.  

What do I wear to a Structural Integration Session?

Most women wear either underwear or a two piece bathing suit that allows full access to the back. 

Most men receive the work in boxers or briefs.

You will want to come to your session without any moisturizers, lotions, creams or oils on your skin as it will impair the work. 

What are the goals of an ATSI 3-Series?

Session 1: (Pelvic girdle and legs) Balance the lower limbs and pelvic girdle - Enhance awareness of postural patterns. 

Session 2: (Shoulder girdle and arms)  Open the breath via the ribs and abdominals - Balance the shoulder girdle on the ribcage.

Session 3: (Spine) Connect the shoulder and pelvic girdles via the spine - Find ease, balance, and fluid movement in the spine.

What are the goals of an ATSI 12-Series

Sessions #1-4 (Superficial):  The first four sessions will work the superficial tissues of the body from head to toe and prepare the body for deeper work.  The general goal will be to free the front, back, and sides of the body while freeing the shoulders and arms from any binding to the trunk.  

Sessions #5-8 (Core):   The middle four sessions will focus on the deeper structures of the body.  We will start at the feet and end at the neck and jaw.  The general goal will be to work into the central stabilization muscles close to the spine and address postural restrictions.  

Sessions #9-12 (Integration): The last four sessions will integrate core and sleeve into your habitual movement, leaving you with lasting and progressive change.  The general goal will be to promote tonal balance, ease of movement, and functional integration of the entire body.