How Structural Integration Works

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Structural Integration takes place over a series of 10-12 sessions. There is a beginning, middle, and end; it’s not an on-going and endless therapy. The first few sessions deal with the superficial layers; the middle sessions, with deeper structures, where patterns are most strongly held; and the final sessions integrate the layers and address everyday movements. Each session builds upon the openings created in the previous one.

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The focus is not solely on “local” problems; rather, the entire supportive network of the body is addressed. This network of connective tissue forms a web—a continuous, head-to-toe sheath that provides structural support for the body’s organs and systems. Because this particular body tissue behaves like a plastic, it is moveable and moldable.

Sometimes, possibly as a result of an injury, adhesions develop in this layer. That is, tissues that normally glide over one another get hung up and stuck. While the initial injuries eventually heal, the stuck spots may remain. Compensatory patterns that perhaps functioned like splints during the healing process have likely outlasted their usefulness. SI assists in the return to optimal balance.

Receiving the sessions in an area of chronic pain may at first cause discomfort as tissue that has become shortened begins to stretch and release. A practitioner of Structural Integration works with you, not on you, and the results are often felt and noticed immediately.

“Anyway, what is important is the increased awareness and presence in the body. Good sessions are almost like meditations which bring deeper levels of one’s physical being into awareness. The awareness remains, and it is this that helps people be more grounded and centered as a result . . .” —Ed Maupin