Stuctural Integration is a process of bodily change achieved through a series of sessions.
The main aim of this hands on therapy is to balance the structures of your body in relationship to each other and gravity.
The process is usually 12 appointments. Each is a complete treatment with a beginning, a middle and an end. Each session builds on the previous one, working on all the fascial planes of the body.
We are aiming to align the feet, knees, hips, pelvis, thorax, neck and head so will be working throughout the body during the 12 sessions, regularly reassessing and revisiting different tissues in relation to their effect on these places.
The treatments are system not symptom orientated.
The science behind the treatment
Anatomy Trains Structural Integration (ATSI) focuses on re-patterning the connective tissue, or fascia, of the body.
The fascia surrounds bones, muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels , nerves and organs. It creates a network throughout the body, holding some structures together whilst allowing others to glide over each other.
Healthy fascia allows muscle contraction. Injury and stress can cause it to dehydrate, become shorter and denser. Tightened fascia pulls our muscles and bones out of proper alignment, creating postural changes with symptoms of pain, discomfort and weariness.
ATSI therapists use myofascial release techniques to restore hydration in the fascia. This influences your body mechanics and natural alignment.
As you experience the Structural Integration process you may have fuller easier movement.
You may gain a sense of being more comfortable in your own body.
You may benefit by reduced pain, especially long term chronic pain.
How does this differ from massage?
During most massage treatments you can relax, drift off and even sleep if you want.
The key to Stuctural Integration is that both you and I are both involved in creating change in your body.
I use myofascial techniques and you are asked to notice and refine your movement patterns.
You may receive treatment lying down, seated or standing. You may be asked to walk around and do specific movement patterns.
Home practice movements are often given to help assimilate the changes into your body and strengthen the mind-body loop of information that creates easier movement.
After you have completed it you need to allow it effects to settle into your body.
12 Session Outline
At the first appointment I gather information about your lifestyle, including activities, medical history, and any pain patterns.
This is followed by a structural and functional assesment, including photographs to record the changes and help in strategizing and evaluating the structural integration series. The series follows a pattern which is both holistic, and individualised.
The first four sessions are about opening and differentiating the superficial tissues, preparing the way for the next four.
The middle four focus on deeper fascia and therefore link to breath, emotions and spirit.
The final four seek to free the arms, bring awareness to the kinaesthetic relationship between joints and bony structures and to integrate all the previous work.
A shorter 3 session series can be a useful introduction to Structural Integration.
This allows you to experience the work, get to know your therapist, understand the potential for change and feel some positive movement therapy.
Reducing the risk of virus transmission
It is important to make treatments safe for both of us. To that end I have taken an FHT Accredited course in the Control of Cross-Infection in a Post-COVID-19 World. You can be reassured that I am doing all that is currently advised.
Measures will include:
- COVID-19 health questionnaire
- quantified risk assessments
- extra cleaning and sanitising
- frequent hand washing
- wearing a visor
- wearing gloves when needed
- temperature checks
- providing hand sanitiser
- providing clients with masks
If you have an underlying condition that puts you at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 please ensure you discuss this with me.
Treatment Fees are £50 per hour, payable online at the time of booking. Or pay by cash at your appointment.
Some of the SI sessions need to be longer than 60minutes and therefore incur a higher charge.
If you are on a low income please contact me to work out an alternative payment plan or to discuss the possibility of being a case study in my research.
I have a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you miss your appointment, or cancel with less than 24 hours notice, you will be charged for your appointment. Cancellations prior to 24hrs will not incur a fee.