Structural Integration helps you resolve discomfort, release tension or improve athletic performance. It's revitalizing & educational work, with the goal of helping you feel more at home & at ease in your own body.
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Office location: The Optimized Living Institute, 1858 Keller Pkwy, Keller, TX 76248
Structural Integration is a type of body work focusing on the fascia. Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds, penetrates and supports all muscles, bones, nerves and organs. When the fascia is realigned, the body moves more efficiently and in alignment with itself. The end result of the process: a body at ease and moving in peace with itself.
The most common method, though not the only method, for a person to incorporate Structural Integration into their life is by a sequence known as the 10 Series. Through each of the ten appointments, the Structural Integration practitioner seeks to align, lengthen and organize the fascia, focusing on a different portion of the body in each session. At the end of the 10 Series, good posture is effortless and breathing is easier; the body becomes more flexible, more coordinated and athletic performance improves. Many who journey through the 10 Series return for advanced sessions.
Though the 10 Series is suggested, some people opt for a single Session or a 3 Series. Communication with your practitioner is key.
The 10 Series of Structural Integration, created by Dr. Ida P. Rolf, is a series of ten individual body work sessions. Often referred to as “the recipe” from its origins as instructions handed down over generations, the 10 Series originated from Dr. Rolf’s teachings throughout the 20th Century and is practiced worldwide.
The goal of the 10-Series is to help physically realign and center the body to move with greater ease, less pain and more efficiently. The 10 Series achieves this goal by using manual manipulation to reorganize the fascia, and educating the clients’ movement.
With each session building on the last, the 10 Series is a process centered modality. While the end goal of optimized mobility remains the same for anyone undertaking the 10 Series, the actual sessions may vary slightly considering health and clients’ needs. A new client can expect the following from their sessions:
Sessions 1-3: Sleeve/Superficial hours
Session 1-3 loosens and balances the superficial fascia.
The first session enhances the quality of breath with work on the arms, rib cage and diaphragm. Opening of tissues is also started along the upper legs, hamstrings, neck and spine. The second session helps to give the body a stable foundation by balancing the foot, lower leg and extension in the back. The third session aims to balance the shoulder girdle, trunk and pelvis front-to-back.
Sessions 4-7: Core hours
Session 4-7 addresses the core up through the inner leg lines, pelvis, trunk, neck and head.
Session 4 begins to balance the inner leg line from the foot to pelvis. Balancing these core leg structures increase the health in the pelvic floor and support in the legs. Session 5 is a continuation of organizing core structures now in the trunk. The focus is to balance the abdominal wall, psoas and lumbars. Session 6 seeks to ground the system by lengthening the back line of the legs, pelvis and lower back. Session 7 brings our attention to the head and neck.
Sessions 8-10: Integration hours
The remaining three sessions provide an opportunity for the practitioner to build on the previous established functions, continuing to increase the clients’ relationship with gravity. Sessions 8 and 9 address either the upper or lower body, revisiting areas previously worked to integrate both girdles. Session 10 is a completion of the series, bringing order and balance to the entire body. This final session inspires a sense of order, ease of movement and balance.
WHAT TO WEAR:
SI is a personal and educational process that focuses on specific areas of the entire body. Clothing should be minimal to allow your Practitioner access to perform bodywork, but still in accord with legal and hygienic standards. Full coverage underwear or sports attire are appropriate options. For females, this can be a two-piece bathing suit, full coverage bra and underwear, running shorts and sports bra or similar apparel. For males, this can be a pair of gym shorts or boxer briefs. A quick viewing will be performed at the beginning and end of each session. During the session, the client will be covered in a blanket or on a warm heated table for comfort. The client should be prepared to move and be alert during most of the sessions.
Throughout the course of the 10 Series, the practitioner may assign movement exercises for clients to complete at home. These activities help to support and progress the work being completed during the actual sessions. Engaging in these activities outside of the Sessions can help maximize the efforts of your 10 Series.
On average, sessions last one hour but might take up to 90 minutes considering the session. The 10 Series is advised to be completed in a timely manner in order to be able to build upon the last session, but with enough time in between each session to allow the body to adjust. Discuss time and schedule commitments with your practitioner before you begin the 10 Series.
Communicate in the actual sessions and througout the 10 Series process. Be sure to mention physical symptoms, possible stressors or trauma, pain or soreness, and anything else that might be relevant to progress in the 10 Series.
Due to the close proximity of a Practitioner to a Client, please be mindful of your hygiene. It is advised to shower before, or the day of, your Session.Please refrain from wearing lotion or oils on your skin.
PAYMENT & CANCELLATION:
$125/session and sliding scale for youth (sessions with youth are shorter)
Please call, email, or text at least 24 hours in advance to cancel or reschedule an appointment. The full session fee will be charged for missed appointments or appointments canceled with fewer than 24 hours notice.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION AND MASSAGE?
While massage often focuses on short term relaxation and muscular discomfort, the 10 Series process aims to create long-term realignment. The 10 Series of Structural Integration organizes the fascia to work with the body in creating ease of movement and increased function through the course of the client’s lifetime. Unlike massage, Structural Integration involves client education and movement throughout the series.
ARE YOU A CHIROPRACTOR/MASSAGE THERAPIST?
No. Chiropractors move and focus on bones. Massage therapists manipulate soft tissue while the client is passive. SI is done in tandem with a client, and often the client is asked to move during treatment. SI wants to change the atmosphere of the body, thus creating the opportunity of muscles and bones to move back to their proper environment.
DOES SI LAST?
Yes. Photographs taken before and after treatment, and then taken months to years later have shown lasting change. Of course it's up the individual and his or her own awareness and habits that make up the success long-term. Clients can expect many changes to continue after they are finished with the 10 series. We call this a period of "integration" which often is a time period of 6-9 months. After this period of time, advanced work is opened up to continue the work of change and progress on an individual basis.
DOES SI HURT?
SI produces sensation, and everyone's threshold for sensation is different. As fascia releases, it can momentarily create burning, pressure, tingling, shaking, but it can also release endorphins, a sense of groundedness and calm. The work should not feel like you are bracing for impact, not should it feel like you are floating into the clouds. You and your nervous system should be able to receive and integrate this work, which means that you should feel present, aware, and curious during treatment. The client and practitioner work together to make sure that depth of treatment is appropriate.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT BETWEEN SESSIONS?
Your body is going through changes and integration. During this process please be aware of your body and be faithful with any re-patternings and awareness given from your practitioner. You may also experience soreness with the changes in your body. That could just be simply be a sign of things changing or from some deep work from the previous session. To aide in recovery, you can ice for 20 min, soak in Epson salts, drink lots of water, eat healthy foods, and get plenty of rest.
CAN I WORK OUT OR EXERCISE BETWEEN SESSIONS?
Yes. But, do not try to push yourself further or overexert your body just because you are feeling healthier or better. In other words, everything in moderation.