"Planet earth is full of stressful situations. It could be anything from a constant low-level stress felt at the office, or an acutely traumatic event such as a car crash or taking a fall. In the body, stress manifests as chronic pain, tension, or inflammation. After an injury we tend to habitually compensate for the injured area in order to recuperate but over time that compensation leads to problems in other areas that may have nothing to do with the original area affected. After a traumatic event the body tenses up in order to protect itself. However, unless the trauma is properly treated or processed, unnecessary muscle tension accumulates in the body which leads to low-level inflammation which leads to chronic pain and soreness. If this is you, you are not alone. The good news is that this is all preventable, and reversible through this comprehensive modality.Structural Integration looks at the whole being. It follows the premise that "function follows form." So, to address the functioning of the body, we must re-align the form in gravity. To do so we look at how the body holds itself in gravity and how the seemingly disparate parts interact with each other. When we understand that we can begin to bring these relationships back into balance until the body no longer struggles against gravity and can be at ease. This means your pain diminishes, you move better, and you feel a greater sense of freedom and joy.If you are not familiar with Structural Integration, you may be familiar with Deep Tissue Massage. Although the aim of both Structural Integration and Deep Tissue are to target the deeper muscle and fascial components of the body, and can feel similar, the intent is different. Deep Tissue Massage is specific at targeting deep muscles, but the intent is many times vague and occasionally invasive or painful. Whereas with Structural Integration, the intent is to stretch, elongate, and release muscle and fascia by gripping the tissue and allowing it to respond. Many people who have come to me asking for "Deep Tissue Massage" then experience Structural Integration and are instantly amazed and delighted. This is work that is deep, but never hard. This is similar to the sensation of a good stretch - enjoyable and delicious if you respect the "edge.""
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