What is Structural Bodywork?
Structural Integration is a holistic and interactive treatment that combines manual therapy targeting the myofascial system with movement. The emphasis is on movement education. The bodywork itself is called Structural Bodywork.
As a result of an injury, surgery, trauma, repetitive movements, habitual posture, personality expressions, specific posture, and movement patterns can arise.
As we develop this habitual pattern, connective tissue areas throughout our body can stiffen, and adhesions can form in this bodily matrix.
We speak about the bodily matrix here because this tissue connects our entire body. We also call this the fascial system; read more about it here.
In the Structural Bodywork sessions, we use myofascial manipulation techniques to release these adhesions, improve mobility and restore a balance in the whole body.
"Rehab & Prehab"
Structural bodywork can be applied within rehabilitation (rehab) as well as to prevent complaints ("prehab").
An essential difference with physiotherapy treatments is that in Structural Bodywork, the entire body's posture and movement patterns are central, instead of a separate pain complaint.
This is why, with Structural Bodywork, we focus on the whole body, and not just look locally at the location of a possible complaint.
A typical result with Structural Bodywork is that pain complaints and recurrent complaints disappear because the entire body's balance is looked at.
Gesture becomes habit,
habit becomes posture,
posture becomes structure.
Of course, a client is welcome to make an appointment for a single session of Structural Bodywork to see, for example, whether Structural Bodywork suits him or her and if there is a click with the therapist. However, Structural Bodywork is generally offered in a series of sessions (such as the 3-series, read below). Such a series is the most effective because we can devote attention and time to the whole body.
In a single session, Structural Bodywork, we look at the patterns that "stand out the most", and we zoom in a little more on an area or areas that we encounter during the body Reading in posture and movement.
The ATSI 3-Series
The "3 Series" is a more comprehensive introduction to Structural Bodywork and consists of 3 separate sessions of 100 to 120 minutes, arranged at 1-3 week intervals, to address specific problems, injuries or posture patterns.
In the first session, we start with an anamnesis, in which we speak about problem areas, points of consideration, expectations and medical history or history of complaints. We do a detailed "Body Reading", looking at the whole body's posture and test functionally for possible movement restrictions.
In the first session, we start from the ground up to create a stable base from the feet, legs, and pelvis.
In the second session, we start again with a Body Reading, working further up around the pelvic area to the ribs, shoulder girdle and arms. Breathing is in focus.
The third - and generally the last - session focuses on the back and neck, bringing together and integrating the previous sessions.
In each session, we use the so-called Body Reading to analyze posture and movement to check function and find the areas where improvement is possible.
Based on this Body Reading, we create a strategy, which will be central to the treatment. During the session itself, I use hands-on techniques, in which you, as a client, often actively participate by creating movement, and you regularly get off the treatment table to re-assess your posture.
* I expect to offer the full Anatomy Trains Structural Integration 12 series at Physi.Yoga from the beginning of 2022.
Goals during the sessions
Balancing the lower body and pelvis
Finding a stable base of support
Having both mobility and adaptability in the feet
To find "lift", lift comes from the ground
Returning briefly to the 1st session
Balancing the upper body and opening the breath
Finding our breath
To find a balance between chest, shoulders, arms and neck
To find a balance between chest, abdominal area and diaphragm
Balancing the spine
Connecting the pelvic girdle and shoulder girdle through the spine
Attention to the position of the spine
To find ease, balance and fluid movement in the spine
Bringing everything together, integration
What can you expect?
Possible outcomes include pain and discomfort relief, improved posture and movement, and improved general well-being, both physical and emotional. Clients often indicate that they feel longer, lighter and more comfortable in their skin.