Many of the "niggles" and restrictions that we feel in the body do not come from the muscle itself, but rather from the connective tissue which surrounds and supports it. Connective tissue is not supplied with nerves and blood in the same way as muscle tissue, so does not respond to normal massage techniques as effectively. Structural Integration focuses on this fibrous network, called fascia, using techniques that connect into and help to stretch and release it.
It is the fascia which holds us in the postural patterns to which we have become accustomed; Through the correct manipulation of this tissue, the treatment can help to restore a more natural ease within the body, and so release restrictions of body-use and performance.
Based on the pioneering work of Dr. Ida Rolf, with significant developments from Tom Myers about soft tissue patterns, Structural Integration treatment works on'lines' of tissue within the body, along which strain and compensation can be followed and released.
In a series of either 4 or 12 focused sessions, it is possible to release deep-set restrictions throughout the body.
Structural Integration is an excellent complement to many other therapies -
especially Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy.
Whilst Structural Integration is appropriate for a wide range of conditions including injuries from repetitive strain, sport,
industrial or traffic accidents - it is also highly suitable for postural imbalances that arise from "life" experience:
I enjoy focussing on these psycho-somatic aspects of the human condition.
More information about Structural Integration can be found at: www.anatomytrains.com