What is Structural Integration?

Structural Integration is a type of bodywork that focuses on releasing the connective tissue, or fascia, of the body.  Perhaps you have prepared raw chicken breasts. The thin, translucent layer of film between the skin and the meat itself is fascia. Fascia surrounds muscles, blood vessels, organs, nerves, tendons and ligaments. It literally gives the body it’s form and posture, or structure.

While designed to be elastic and move freely with muscles and bones, life itself can cause fascia to become shortened, tight, dense, and lose its elasticity. Poor postural habits, injuries, stress, work and training-related repetitive movements… just the effects of aging alone can cause fascia to constrict. When this occurs, the tightened fascia pulls our muscles and skeleton out of proper alignment. The body subsequently overcompensates in an effort to fight gravity and keep the eyes forward and the head straight.  This creates dysfunctional patterning, which causes pain, discomfort, and fatigue.

Structural Integration works to lengthen, stretch, and soften this tissue to restore postural balance, efficiency of movement, and a renewed feeling of comfort and ease in your body, allowing you to achieve optimal performance.