What is Structural Medicine?

Moving becomes a joy. Aging with ease and grace becomes a reality.

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Different strokes from different folks. Structural bodywork, integration and medicine all have their roots in the work of Ida Rolf, the founder of Structural Integration also called Rolfing. Since then several modalities have sprung from her original work; Hellerwork with Joseph Heller, Tom Myers with Anatomy Trains (KMI) and one of my personal favorites, (teacher and colleague), Donna Bajelis with Structural Medicine to name a few.

Each modality has their unique interpretation of Ida’s work, however all focus less on the muscles and more on the entire Living Matrix featuring the dynamic superficial and deep layers of fascia. Muscles are contracting tissues that give the body and organs physical movement. The fascia surrounds the muscles, bones, and organs in the body. More specifically all tissues are embedded IN fascia; fascia gives muscles their shape and the body its structure. It is the organ of support.

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All structural integration modalities align and balance the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia. As fascia is lengthened it allows the muscles to move more efficiently.
The practitioner will apply pressure to the body, working with entire fascia system in a systematic way. When restricted fascia is released and lengthened the body can return to its structurally optimal position.
What we are aiming for is an aligned body which allows gravity to flow evenly through the system where ultimately gravity becomes the therapist; uplifting, aligning, supporting, healing.

The continuing pull of gravity, the stress of daily activities, and physical injuries can pull the body out of alignment. The fascia gradually shortens, tightens and adjusts to accommodate the misalignment. When the body is out of alignment it creates inefficiency and imbalance resulting in stiffness, discomfort and loss of energy and vitality. When a body is aligned and balanced it moves with greater ease. It requires less energy to function. Good posture is effortless and breathing is easier. The body becomes more flexible, more coordinated and athletic performance improves.

 

 

Bodywork for Everybody!