what is structural integration?
Structural integration was developed by Ida P Rolf. It is a systematic whole body approach to realignment through reorganization of the connective tissue, or fascia, matrix found within the body. Connective tissue, or fascia, encompasses every bone, muscle, organ, blood vessel, and nerve in our bodies in a web like fashion, connecting all aspects of our bodies together. Because of this connection, something that may occur in one area may have further reaching effects than what we realize.
There are obvious things that we do. For example, compensating for an injury may put strain on one area of the body while another area has less mobility. However, there are other components of our lives that can also affect our physical structure.
Re-aligning the body
Movement patterns and the way in which our bodies respond to certain emotional stimuli can also affect our structure and cause us to take on less than optimal alignment.
When we get out of alignment, gravity, that never ending force that is constantly affecting us every moment of our existence, can start to have more negative effects as certain areas take on additional tension in order to keep us upright and moving forward.
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Since these compensations may show up in various places and in varying degrees, taking a whole body approach toward more optimal alignment ensures that each area of compensation is addressed, thus leading to a higher probability for a more highly functioning form.
An efficient and functioning body allows for less pain, fewer injuries, and enhanced performance giving way to increased enjoyment in the things you love to do. A more efficient body also allows for increased energy which can be transferred into all aspects of your life.