Structural Bodywork, for whom?

Structural Bodywork can have a positive effect:

  • for chronic pain complaints and recurring pain complaints

  • in case of chronic tension, stress or pain due to bad posture

  • if you have problems sitting at a desk all-day

  • with limited mobility during exercise and training

  • on improving athletic performance

  • on mood, mental health and stress

  • to create better body awareness and freedom of movement


Structural Integration focuses on reducing restrictions in the body's fascia and creating a better balance. By reducing the restrictions and adhesions in the fascia, your body will start to move differently - you can experience a sense of more space and become more aware of parts of your body that you didn't know couldn't move freely. You may feel more connected to your body and find new ways to move. It provides freedom of movement, reduces pain and improves posture.

What can I expect from my appointment?

In the first appointment, we will take enough time to discuss any complaints, areas of focus and attention, and history of complaints and health problems.
Before your first appointment, you will receive an online intake form by email with some questions about your health, complaints and expectations. When you complete and submit this form before the first session, we are both better prepared, and we can focus more on the central points, which are important for your most optimal session.
If you do not like to submit this online, this is, of course, not a requisite. Feel free to let me know, and we will discuss this together in the first appointment.

This conversation is then followed by a detailed Body Reading, in which we will look extensively at posture and movement analysis. With your permission, we take pictures at the start of the treatment and in between sessions to keep track of the progress (this is, of course, not mandatory!). We come back to this so-called Body Reading at the beginning of each session to keep track of changes. Based on what we encounter in the Body Reading, we set out treatment goals and a specific strategy. 

Immediately after the Body Reading, we start the treatment, where you lie on the treatment table and regularly come off the table to re-assess and evaluate the changes. 
A session can be pretty intense. As said: few changes occur without a challenge.
After a treatment, it can be helpful to take some time for yourself instead of running to another appointment straight away. I often recommend taking a walk outside and writing. Try to move with awareness through the rest of your day.  

Does the treatment hurt?

The treatment does not have to hurt. On the other hand, it is not a relaxation massage, but in no case does the following rule apply: "the more it hurts, the better the results you will achieve". We will talk about this in person, but in a nutshell, the session's intensity is largely determined by both of us, and ultimately you - you're in the driver's seat!
We are often used to thinking in "pain or no pain", as in "on or off".
During the treatment, it is important to feel beyond just "pain, or no pain", feel beyond this, and be fully aware of what you are experiencing. Experiencing this consciously and getting to know your body and what and how you feel in this way contributes to the most powerful treatment for you!

How can I best prepare for the treatment?

  • Make sure you have sufficient energy

  • Think about what you expect from the treatment and what you would like to achieve with the treatment

  • Before the first session, it helps to have completed and submitted the intake form

  • Take some time both before and after the session so that you can arrive comfortably and do not have to rush to another appointment immediately after.

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For example, it can be nice to take some time after the treatment to be aware of your body changes. I often recommend taking a walk outside, writing, but at least being aware of your body as you go through the rest of the day.

  • Do not do heavy strength training/sports one day before and after a Structural Bodywork session. Lighter movement, e.g. in the form of a more relaxed yoga session, qi gong, tai chi and walking, is recommended

  • Do not undergo a deep connective tissue massage or chiropractic treatment the day before or after the session.

What is the best thing to put on and take with me?

  • Wear underwear that makes you feel as comfortable as possible during the entire session. During Body Reading and the treatment, it is essential that we have a good view of your body and can reach the body for the manual techniques.

  • Most women wear a slip/ladies boxer (or short sports shorts) and a sports bra or a bikini. Most men wear boxer shorts or sports shorts.

  • Choose undergarments that make you feel comfortable and at ease.

  • Because you will lie on the table for a more extended time span during the treatment, and to avoid cooling down too much, it can be pleasant to bring a bath towel, plaid or blanket so that you can stay warm.

  • Do not wear body lotion or sunscreen during the treatment.

* Given the current COVID-19 measures, I ask you to wear a mouth mask during the entire treatment.

What is a Body Reading?

The Body Reading is part of a Structural Bodywork session and means that we will look at your posture. Based on what we see and notice in your posture, we test specific structures functionally in motion. Based on this, we plan treatment goals and associated strategies to get started in the treatment.
During the treatment, you will regularly come off the treatment table to re-assess your posture and function.

Only with permission will photos be taken (front, rear and side views), before the first session and between sessions to keep track of changes.
These photos are safely stored in your client record in the MyDiaD administration system that Physi.Yoga uses.

What is the difference between Structural Bodywork and Physiotherapy?

The main difference is that physiotherapy often places a pain complaint central and focuses solely on this. Structural Bodywork zooms out, focusing on the whole body posture and movement patterns, and then uses myofascial manual techniques to work with certain limitations. Sometimes structures in the body, much further than where the pain is, can influence recurring pain complaints or chronic pain complaints.

I do use my specialization Anatomy Trains Structural Integration within my physiotherapeutic treatments, but often more targeted, with the complaint central. In Physiotherapeutic treatments, I combine my Physiotherapeutic skillset with the Myofascial techniques.  We look at the whole body in the shorter Physiotherapeutic sessions, but with a more "zoomed-in" focus.
Fortunately, the Anatomy Trains Structural Integration specialization is also growing in the Netherlands, and more physiotherapists can and will follow the training as a result. In the Netherlands, this specialization is currently still in its infancy. I am excited and find it important that this is about to change!

Why is Structural Bodywork not reimbursed from my additional insurance?

Structural Bodywork does not fall under physiotherapy and can therefore not be reimbursed under physiotherapy insurance.
When I offer the Anatomy Trains Structural Integration 12 series from 2022 onwards, I expect this will be partly reimbursed from additional insurance (alternative medicine).

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What is fascia?

Fascia is the tissue in our body that connects everything together. This connective tissue connects our muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels and organs like a web or layer. These layers are also connected. These connections are flexible, and if all goes well, specific gliding movements are possible between these layers. Fascia is located throughout our body, and connects everything, provides support and shape. For years, this tissue has been cut away in dissections to expose the other structures in focus, such as muscles or organs, which we thought were the most important. More and more is known about the importance of this tissue.
Just as we can talk about a vascular system, muscular system, skeletal system, we can speak of the fascial system.
Adhesions in this fascial system can limit movement, which in turn can cause problems. Bad posture, an injury, trauma, surgery, stress and overload can lead to disturbances in this tissue.
Often we can experience pain in a completely different area in the body, much further away than where the cause is actually located. This is the reason why we look at the structure and functioning of the whole body.

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