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Structural Integration

Information about a procedure which focuses on aligning & balancing the body

Written by Murrieta Day Spa

Structural Integration is a scientifically validated body therapy. Unlike massage, Structural Integration focuses not on the muscles but on their protective layer, called fascia (known as connective tissue).

Structural Integration aligns and balances the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia. As fascia is lengthened, it allows the muscles to move more efficiently. The practitioner works the entire fascial system in a systematic way. When the restricted fascia is released, the body can return to its optimal position.

The purpose of Structural Integration is to allow the body to realign itself. The continuing pull of gravity, daily stress and physical injuries can pull the body out of alignment. Fascia gradually shortens, tightens, and adjusts to accommodate the misalignment. When the body is out of alignment, it creates inefficiently and imbalance resulting in stiffness, discomfort and loss of energy.

When the body is aligned and balanced, it moves with greater ease. The body becomes more flexible, more coordinated and athletic performance improves.

Structural Integration is performed in a series of ten sessions. Each session is approximately 80 minutes. It is preferable that the sessions are received once a week for ten consecutive weeks. The ten sessions are administered progressively. Each session builds upon the last until complete integration of the body is achieved. The process of Structural Integration includes balancing the body in segments and achieving vertical alignment from balancing the body front to back, side to side, top to bottom and inside to out.

The practice of Structural Integration is presented as a path of personal growth, where personal alignment implies structure on all levels: Physical, spiritual and emotional.

Article Reviewed: July 25, 2012
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