How does structural integration work?
This form of bodywork works to release connective tissue adhesion's throughout the entire body. This process allows the body to "unwind". The tab about structural integration goes much more in depth about the process.
How many sessions will I need?
I follow the 10 session series founded by Dr. Ida Rolf. Although this is the goal some bodies release faster or slower then others. Generally we get through the 10 series in 10-12 sessions and can go back and work areas if there is still work to do. After completing I recommend taking a couple of months to allow the work to settle into your body. It is your body, we will go at your pace.
How far apart should I space my sessions?
This is entirely up to you. I recommend doing the first three sessions about a week apart, then we can renegotiation the timing for later sessions. It is your body and this is powerful work; we will take it at the pace you are comfortable with.
Does structural integration hurt?
It can as we will be working to separate muscle from other muscles as well as bones. However, I work hard to meet you and your body where you are at and will never push you too far out of your comfort zone. The majority of clients find the first couple of sessions to be the hardest as the body is still trying to learn what the work is.
Are the changes from structural integration permanent?
Yes. The work will set you up for better mechanical advantages resulting in less injuries or less sever injuries. However as you put new stresses on your body coming in for "touch up" sessions may be desired.
Can structural integration be emotional or spiritual?
Absolutely. The connective tissue we work on is made up primarily of neurons so your body never forgets. Sometimes freeing these areas frees the emotions stored in them. With the work we focus heavily on supporting your ability to ground yourself so that you can move these emotions through and out of yourself. We have a very safe, healing space at the Metta Center and there is no judgement over your process throughout this work. If this area of the work concerns you please contact me.
What should I expect for my first session?
We will start by discussing your goals and concerns. You will remain clothed for all of our sessions. We will then start the process of releasing the outer layers that hinder breathing and extension of the arms and legs. I will put some pressure in an area and then you will move around that point. Your movement is what does the work so you are in control of the session at all time.
What should I bring?
I recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothes that you can move in. A water bottle and snacks is also recommended.