Structural Integration

Structural Integration is a type of massage that focuses on the fascia. The fascia are envelopes and bands of connective tissue that surround our muscles and organs. The ultimate goal of Structural Integration is to physically balance both your body and your freedoms of movement, or structure. It can also optimize both structure and function.

The success of Structural Integration comes through the 10 session series. This is a 2-hour session focusing on a different aspect of the treatment process. The last few sessions bring everything together and focus on the final structural integration.

This very specialized treatment is very similar to, but not technically considered a form of massage. Structural Integration is a full-body experience that will leave your muscles stronger and your entire body more in balance.

Treatment Expectations

The ten sessions of Structural Integration are scheduled in a very specific order. Results of this treatment depend on the improvement of all the sessions. No two patients will have the same experience.

  1. Superficial Back Line
  2. Superficial Front Line
  3. Lateral Lines
  4. Spiral Line
  5. Shoulder and Arm Lines
  6. Functional Line
  7. Lower Deep Front Line
  8. Upper Deep Front Line
  9. Final Integration
  10. Final Integration

Every session works the fascia from the feet up to constantly and repeatedly get the body into alignment through a strong foundation at the feet supporting the alignment of the structure all the way up to the neck and head.

Benefits of Structural Integration

The benefits of Structural Integration include:

  • Decreased pain levels. Rolfing is especially effective on decreasing lower back pain.
  • Decreased stress levels.
  • Improved posture.
  • Improved range of motion.
  • Improved athletic ability.
  • Breathe easier.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is not uncommon for stresses from the past are part of the cause of your body being out of balance. Nobody can predict how any individual will respond to this, and a strong emotional response is possible. Ultimately, the whole process is very cleansing though.

Structural Integration may cause you some discomfort during the sessions. However, the pain will not be any worse than what you suffer from day-to-day. By the end of the series, your chronic pain should significantly improve to a more comfortable level. Always communicate with your therapist as to the level of your discomfort.

Everyone at any age would see benefits from Structural Integration; however, certain medical conditions might preclude it. Always check with your doctor before beginning treatment and if you have any questions.