with Jesse Swim, LMT
Structural integration is a type of bodywork that focuses on the connective tissue, or fascia, of the body. Fascia permeates every aspect of the body from muscles and bones to nerves, veins, and even organs like the liver and heart. Fascia also gives muscles and our bodies their shape and support.
Fascia is elastic by nature and is designed to move and slide freely with the muscles, bones, and movements of the body. Injuries, stress, repetitive movements, poor posture and aging can all cause fascia to become stiff, dense, and lose its elasticity. Improperly tensioned fascia pulls our bodies out of proper alignment. The most significant force the body has to deal with is the powerful force of gravity. When the body is misaligned, it has to use valuable resources to stay upright instead of using the body’s naturally stacked posture, which is supposed to rely on bones to do much of the work. This coupled with the stresses of daily life, injuries, unhealthy work stations, and mental attitude can cause the body to shorten and tighten the fascia to accommodate. This in turn causes stiffness, pain, and fatigue.
Structural integration is the process of lengthening, softening, and freeing the fascia to allow the body to move with ease and restore postural balance. The process is a ten session series that systematically loosens and restructures the tension system of the body. Each session builds upon the last, addressing different layers of tissue throughout the process. The series is designed to balance your body in segments, with each session addressing a different aspect of your structure and movement. As the body comes back into alignment with gravity, it has far more resources to dedicate to healing and overall energy.