Carly Rae

Structural Integration FAQ



SI allows you to experience greater freedom of movement and an increased awareness of the body you live in. It is important to remember that each experience and the benefits will never be exactly the same from person to person because no two people are alike. As a result of SI, people often appear taller. Some actually gain anywhere from a quarter inch to over one inch in height. Feelings of discomfort or pain are often alleviated. Other benefits can include greater flexibility, feeling of lightness and fluidity, more stable balance, increased breathing capacity and energy, as well as greater self-confidence. While SI primarily targets physical change within the body, it also affects the whole person. We are made up of emotions, attitudes, belief systems, and behaviour patterns. All of these emotional and physical qualities are connected. Align the physical structure and it will expand the whole individual’s potential.


SI is performed as a series of ten sessions. Each session is approximately one hour in length. You will receive maximum benefits if the sessions are held one per week for ten weeks in a row, but they can be completed over any length of time. The ten sessions are administered progressively – each session builds upon the last until integration is achieved.

The client completes a health questionnaire and shares their goals and intentions at the start of the first session. Male clients will wear underwear or a swimsuit, and women wear a two-piece swimsuit or bra and underwear. The practitioner will observe the client: watch how they stand, walk, and other general movements. The client will be asked to breathe into the area being worked on or to make small, specific movements. During the work, the practitioner will help the client to become aware of habitual patterns of movement and imbalances in their body, and help each client make positive shifts and create healthier habits.

After the ten series is complete a client usually allows a period of time for the body to adapt and integrate before scheduling additional work. The waiting period can be anywhere from one month up to one year, based on the client’s needs. After the waiting period, the client can return for tune-up sessions or advanced sessions to further the process of integration.

+ What happens in a session?

Structural Integration sessions are 75 minutes. The first session is a little longer so we have time for a medical history intake, and so I know your intentions and goals with the work. The session will begin after I assess your posture and movement. I apply manual pressure, similar to massage, but usually slower and often deeper. I may ask you to do some movements, which supports the depth and integration of the work, and helps me assess what needs to be done.  

+ What should I wear?

Underwear is best. For women, it is best to wear a sports bra rather than one with clasps or underwire. For men, briefs are better than loose boxers.

+ Are SI Treatments available for men?

Yes, I offer Structural Integration Treatments for both men and women.

+ What can I expect after a session?

You may feel quite energized or you may need to simply rest and move slowly. Regular activities can be resumed, but keep in mind that you have undergone deep bodywork and you will likely be more sensitized to your physical and emotional environment. It is normal for emotions to come up, and for muscles to feel like they have worked out. Take it easy and drink lots of water. It is great if you can allow a bit of time after the session for integration – a walk or nap can be helpful.

+ Will I feel emotional?

It is completely normal for emotions to arise during, in between, or after a session.

+ Is bodywork painful?

Sometimes the sensations can be strong. It can often feel freeing, expansive, and pleasant. Revealing deep, underlying patterns means often going to places that have been restricted for a while. There can be work involved in finding freedom. If it is too painful, the body can get tense and that will defeat the purpose. We will work together to find the pace and depth that is right for you.  

+ What does Structural Integration help with?

Some of the conditions Structural Integration is good for are:

  • Back pain, bulging discs, back and shoulder tension
  • Sciatica
  • Nerve pain
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Jaw pain or TMJ issues
  • Whiplash
  • Tension headaches and migraines
  • Muscle cramping and imbalances
  • Tight and/or tense/stiff muscles and muscle spasms
  • Immobility
  • Joint stiffness
  • Unstable/hypermobile joints
  • Post-surgery (6 months) recovery
  • RSI (repetitive stress injuries/syndrome)
  • Tendonitis
  • Scoliosis
  • Weak core muscles
  • Arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diseases of connective tissue, connective tissue stiffness
  • Scar tissue
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Postpartum issues
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Body weakness

+ How often should I come for treatment?

It is recommended to come once a week or every two weeks while undergoing the Ten Series. You will know if that is a good pace for you or if we need to adjust the schedule.

+ Is it necessary to undergo the SI 10 Series?

No, treatments can be personalized to your specific needs. However, the 10 Series is a recommended and effective method of SI Treatments.

+ Do you do Scar Tissue work?

Yes, Scar Tissue Remediation (STREAM) is offered in conjunction with all other treatments.
What problems does STREAM solve?
Scar tissue remediation works to resolve pain related to:

  • birth, abdominal, pelvic and reproductive surgeries
  • biomechanical, postural, and physical imbalances
  • biochemical imbalances including bladder, gut and reproductive issues
  • gender reassignment surgeries, cosmetic genital surgery, and FGM.

These include but are not limited to bladder, cervical, uterine and rectal prolapses, Cesarean scars, interstitial cystitis, vulvodinia, vaginismus, episiotomies, birth tears, prolapse repairs, genital reconfiguration, and plastic surgery.

How does STREAM work?
Scar tissue remediation work happens in a one-on-one setting with a qualified practitioner. The work includes hands-on manipulation, trauma counseling, client education about self-care protocols, support for lifestyle and nutritional changes, along with active relaxation tools. It takes all of these elements to remediate and manage scar tissue, minimize inflammation to discourage its proliferation, and engage the nervous system to change one's relationship to pain. Clients experience healing at the root level.

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+ How much does each session cost?

All treatments are $140 for a 75 minute session.

+ How long is each session?

All treatment sessions are 75 minutes. The first session is a little longer so we have time for a medical history intake, and so I know your intentions and goals with the work.

+ What is your Cancellation Policy?

24 hours notice for cancellations is required or you will be billed for the session. Subsequent sessions will not be booked until previous payment is received. Emergencies are exceptions.

+ Are Sessions covered by Insurance?

Sessions are covered under massage therapy benefits.


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