Structural integration, is a holistic system of bodywork that uses deep manipulation of the
body's soft tissue to realign and balance the body's myofascial structure.
Structural Integration improves posture, relieves chronic pain, and reduces stress.
This can bring relief from general aches and pains, improve breathing, increase energy, improve
self-confidence, and relieve physical and mental stress. Structural Integration has also been used to
treat such specific physical problems as chronic back, neck, shoulder, and joint pain, and repetitive
stress injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome.
At Advance Massage & Bodywork, Structural Integration treatment can be utilized as
independent sessions to achieve your specific goal or as a system of work to treat the
entire body in a Series of 10.
Imagine that you are wearing a wetsuit that covers your entire body head to toe. Now imagine
that wetsuit is a size too small. The human body has a fascial sheath that envelops our body
much like this image of the wetsuit. This layer of tissue lies just under the surface of the skin.
One of the goals of Structural Integration is to encourage this layer to open and expand.
In doing so, we begin to create the space necessary for the major segments of the body to
begin shifting into a more balanced relationship.
The constant pull of gravity, the stress of daily activities and physical injuries can pull the body
out of alignment. The fascia gradually shortens, tightens, and adjusts to accommodate the
misalignment. When the body is out of alignment it creates inefficiency and imbalance resulting in
stiffness, discomfort, and loss of energy. When a body is aligned and balanced through
Myofascial/Structural Integration it moves with greater ease. It requires less energy to function.
Good posture is effortless and breathing is easier. The body becomes more flexible,
more coordinated and performance improves.
What will I experience while receiving this modality of bodywork?
Your therapist will focus on releasing tension from tissue structures of the muscle and fascia (or
connective tissues) with deep, and sometimes intense, strokes. During the session the client
may feel the tissue warming then relaxing in the area that the practitioner is working.
Some individuals do experience momentary discomfort as the practitioner opens up and
frees areas that are more restricted. Appropriate pressure will be applied based on the clients
needs and comfort level. During the sessions the practitioner will help the client to become
aware of habitual patterns of movement and imbalances in their body and will help them toward
making changes in these patterns in their daily life. In addition to immediate relief,
the lasting effects of Myofascial/Structural Integration works towards unlocking the potential
of your body to achieve long-lasting results that enable you to get more out of your life.
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Advance Massage Therapy
123 Rottingham, Ste. B
Edwardsville, Illinois 62025