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.
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 a form of Structural Integration based on the work of Anatomist Tom Myers. It offers an integrated view of anatomy mapping the transmission of mechanical stress in the body via 12 lines of continuous myofascia. These body-wide meridians aid manual and movement practitioners when considering movement and how one structure can affect distant structures in the body. The delineation of muscles often seen in anatomy books is a convenient tool for identifying specific structures. The reality of it though is that muscles are connected and continuous via spirals of connective tissue. Here is a short video introduction...
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 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.