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Structural Integration 101: All the Basics You Need To Know

Written by MagMedJo

April 3, 2022

Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that focuses on the connective tissues of the body. It is based on the idea that these tissues are responsible for holding the body together and maintaining its structure. When they are healthy and functioning properly, the body can move with ease and fluidity. But when they become tight or restricted, movement can be restricted and pain can occur. In this article, we will discuss all the basics you need to know about Structural Integration.

What Is Structural Integration?

    Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that was developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf. It is based on the idea that the connective tissues of the body are responsible for holding the body together and maintaining its structure. When these tissues are healthy and functioning properly, the body can move with ease and fluidity. But when they become tight or restricted, movement can be restricted and pain can occur. Structural Integration aims to address these issues by loosening and realigning the connective tissues. This can help to restore balance and symmetry to the body, improve movement, and reduce pain.

Who Benefits From Structural Integration?

    Anyone can benefit from Structural Integration, but it is particularly beneficial for those who have pain or dysfunction in their body. It can help to restore balance and symmetry to the body, improve movement, and reduce pain. In addition, it can be helpful for people who are struggling with stress or tension headaches, neck pain, back pain, and other chronic health issues.

How Long Does A Structural Integration Treatment Take?

    The length of a typical structural integration treatment is approximately 50 minutes. However, the number of sessions required to achieve results will vary depending on each individual’s specific needs.

What Happens In A Structural Integration Session?

    A typical session involves working on the entire body, with a focus on releasing tension and restoring balance. Sessions usually begin with some deep breathing exercises to help you relax and get in touch with your body. You will then be asked to move through a series of poses, which will help your therapist assess your body’s condition and identify any areas that need attention. Once the therapist has a good idea of where the tension is located, they will start working on releasing it using various techniques such as massage, stretching, and compression

What Kind Of Results Can I Expect From Structural Integration?  

    The results of Structural Integration can be profound. Most people report a feeling of increased energy, improved posture, and a sense of being more in tune with their bodies. In addition, many people experience relief from chronic pain and tension headaches. Some people even find that they can breathe more deeply and that they have better overall circulation. As with any type of therapy, the results will vary from person to person. However, if you are looking for a way to improve your overall well-being, Structural Integration may be just what you need.

Is Structural Integration Painful?

    One common question people have about structural integration is whether or not the process is painful. The answer to that question depends on the person. Some people feel a bit of discomfort during their sessions, but for the most part, the process is not painful. If you do experience any pain, let your therapist know so they can adjust their techniques.

Do I Have To Finish All Ten Sessions?

    You don’t have to finish all ten sessions. However, the benefits of Structural Integration are cumulative, so you will likely get the most out of the treatment if you complete all ten sessions. If your schedule doesn’t allow for that or if you’re not feeling particularly well after a few sessions, you can always pause your treatment and resume it at a later date. Just be sure to let your therapist know so they can keep track of your progress.

How Much Does A Structural Integration Session Cost?

    The cost of a structural integration session can vary depending on the practitioner. Generally, sessions cost between $75 and $125 per hour. Some practitioners offer package rates, which can provide a discount. It is important to discuss costs with the practitioner before beginning treatment.

    Above are the basic things to know about what Structural Integration is, who can benefit from it, and how long the treatment takes. We hope this gives you a good starting point for understanding whether or not Structural Integration might be right for you. If you have any other questions that we didn’t cover here, please don’t hesitate to call us today, we would love to talk with you about your specific needs and see if Structural Integration could help you meet them.

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