Structural Integration Massage Treatment

Structural Integration Massage Treatment


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Bodyharmonix bodywork therapists use structural integration principles to guide massage treatments. They target fascia, which is the connective tissue that surrounds your body’s soft tissues and nerves. Over a series of structured treatment sessions your postural alignment will be greatly improved. This is done in view of the fact that your spinal tensegrity organises the structure of the rest of your body. Realignment of your structural position means that your body is better able to resist gravity in its movement patterns.

Other Valuable Methods

Dr. Ida P. Rolf developed structural integration guidelines from her Rolfing techniques. Drawing on her biochemistry background, Rolf applied her knowledge about the characteristics of collagen to movement therapy. Her holistic goal was to aid people to work with gravity (alignment), rather than against it (misalignment).

Our Approach to Your Physical Structure

Structural integration combined with massage lengthens your connective tissue. And stretching of this fascia enhances your postural stability. Softening of this type of tissue increases your range of movement (ROM). Ultimately, structural integration is an excellent way to ease tense, alleviate pain, improve your physical conditioning, and to reduce risk of injury. 

Massage Treatment

The focus of your structural integration massage will be to make strokes inward toward your heart and other vital organs. This follows the direction of blood flow and lymph that is removing toxins from your cells.

We use structural integration to successfully restore the body’s overall balance for a range of conditions. Your vertical alignment is repositioned to that you are better aligned with the forces of gravity. In this way, you use less energy in your moment patterns and your capacity to perform increases. And your pain levels decrease which improves day to day functioning and athletic ability.

Structural Integration Transformation

It’s amazing how remedying your body’s misalignment can reverse compensatory postural patterns. In the event when your centre of gravity is not providing you with optimal stability, muscle groups begin to pick up the slack elsewhere in what we call compensation. And this puts more stress on your body. It changes your biomechanics of movement and patterns of functioning.

Case Study Results

We are going to share with you an investigation of structural integration for people with neck pain.

The range of motion and levels of pain for 31 particants was tracked across 10 treatment sessions (James, 2009).

The first session focused on breathing and myofascial release of the trunk, neck, shoulders and head. The second session targeted posture, and the third created elongation of the spine. The next sessions focused on leg stability; trunk balance; trunk mobility; cranial movements; lower body integration including upper body integration and the level of structures during static and dynamic activities.

For the case study participants pain was significantly reduced and their range of moment consequently improved as well. In summary and as shown above spinal dysfunctions ate



James, H. (2009). Rolfing structural integration treatment of cervical spine dysfunction. Journal of Bodywork Movement Therapies, 13(3), 229-38. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2008.07.002

Charmayne Paul, Bodyharmonix Associate, of Psych and Stats Tutor ~ Chart your course to success~



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