This description gives you an overview of what you can expect from Structural Integration. T
he basic series usually consists of ten sessions, although certain individuals may require variations in the sequence format to account for particular structural issues.
(Sometimes photographs are taken before and after sessions to show the changes in the structure. However, because people are individuals, it is not always appropriate in my view for photos to be taken.) You can benefit from a few sessions, although we usually recommend a full series to work the whole body adequately enough to achieve lasting results).
SESSION ONE. Improving your breathing – to evoke a more balanced and efficient breathing pattern, I work around the torso, ribs, shoulders, neck and head and begin the process of mobilizing and horizontalizing the pelvis by working around the hip joint and legs. I start working with specific structural issues or problems and continue this throughout the series.
SESSION TWO. I work with feet, lower legs and knees to create a more stable base of support for the upper body. I also aim to straighten or enhance the spinal curves, as appropriate, by working in the lower, middle and upper back, and in the neck and head.
SESSION THREE. I work on enhancing front/back balance and continue helping to improve your breathing pattern, through work from the side surfaces of the legs, arms, torso, neck and head. I aim to lengthen or release the back of your spine.
SESSION FOUR. This is when I work to establish a core of support in the legs, from the inner arches of the feet up the inside surfaces of the legs. I also work to ease and lengthen the spinal curves.
SESSION FIVE. In this session I aim to lengthen and soften the outer abdominal wall, work in the tissues that line the front of the torso and pelvis to create a more balanced relationship between inner and outer structures. Connecting legs to spine through the iliopsoas muscle.
SESSION SIX. In this session I aim to free the back of the legs and pelvis while establishing more freedom of movement and resilience in the whole spine through work around the back of the pelvis, back, neck and head.
SESSION SEVEN. I continue work with the upper back, shoulders and neck. Work with neck, cranium and facial structures. Give balance to cranium movement.
SESSION EIGHT. I work with pelvic girdle and limbs to create better lower body integration and support for the upper body. In this session I may apply particular attention to any specific individual problems.
SESSION NINE. I work with the shoulder girdle and limbs to create better upper body integration and a more balanced relationship to the lower body. In this session also I may apply particular attention to any specific individual problems.
SESSION TEN. In this last session I aim for Structural Integration by establish horizontal planes of support and movement from the feet up to the head. Again I will work on individual problems if necessary. The completion of the Basic Ten series will definitely make it easier to deal with any specific problems in the future.