Structural Integration (SI) is a therapeutic process to help you find an efficient way to live in your body. It is a system of bodywork that focuses on the effects of gravity by working with layers of connective tissue or fascia. Fascia surrounds the muscles, bones, and organs. The continuous pull of gravity, the stress of daily life, and past injuries can pull the body out of alignment. SI aligns the body by layering, lengthening, and realigning the fascia. As fascia is lengthened, more room is created and the muscles are able to work efficiently. The body moves into a structurally optimal position through an organized method of touch and movement education. This work may lead to physical, emotional, and psychological change. When a body is aligned it functions with ease.
The body naturally wants to organize and heal itself and SI helps this process. When the body becomes misaligned, the fascia gradually shortens, tightens, and adjusts to the imbalance. This creates inefficiency in the body that results in stiffness, discomfort, and loss of energy. When a body functions optimally with gravity it requires less energy to function, has effortless good posture, and is able to breathe easily.
As Dr. Rolf used to say:
"Anyone can take a body apart, very few know how to put it back together."
The true genius of her method is it utilizes the art and science of reshaping and reorganizing human structure according to clear principles in a systematic and consistent manner.