What happens in a session?
A session runs about 90 minutes in length. The first session is a little longer, to make time for a medical history intake, and to hear your intention and goals for coming. After assessing your posture and movement the session begins. I apply manual pressure, similar to massage, but usually slower and often deeper. Sometimes I will ask you to do some movement which supports the depth and integration of the work and helps me to assess what needs to be done.
What should I wear?
Underwear! For women it is best to wear a sports-bra type bra rather than one with clasps or underwire. For men briefs are better than loose boxers. If you are more comfortable a bathing suit (2-piece for women) is fine.
What can I expect after a session?
You may feel anywhere from quite energized to needing to rest or move really slowly. Regular activities can be resumed, but keep in mind that you have undergone some deep bodywork and that you will likely be more sensitized to your movements and feelings. It is totally normal for emotions to come up, and for muscles to feel like they have had a work out. Take it easy and drink lots of water. It’s great if you can allow a bit of time after the session for integration – a walk or nap can be really supportive for this.
Will emotions come up?
It is completely normal for emotions to come up during a session, or after/in between sessions.
Is it painful?
Sometimes the sensations can be strong, and much of it can feel very freeing, expansive, and pleasant. Getting to deep, underlying patterns means often going to places that have been stuck for a while, and there can be work involved to unstick them! If it’s too painful, though, the body can get tense and it will defeat the purpose. We’ll work together to find the pace and depth that is right for you.
What kind of conditions is Structural Integration good for?
Some of the conditions Structural Integration is good for are… back pain, sciatica, back and shoulder tension, neck pain and stiffness, jaw pain or TMJ discomfort, tension headaches and migraines, plantar fasciitis, nerve pain, muscle cramping, whiplash, tight and/or tense/stiff muscles, muscle spasms, immobility, joint stiffness, post-surgery (6 months) recovery , fibromyalgia, body weakness, unstable/hypermobile joints, rsi (repetitive stress injuries/syndrome), tendonitis, scoliosis, muscular imbalances, weak core muscles, bulging discs, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diseases of connective tissue, connective tissue stiffness, scar tissue, post-partum issues, constipation, depression, and chronic fatigue.
How often should I come?
It’s recommended to come once a week while undergoing a 10-series. You will know if that is a good pace for you or if it needs to be adjusted.
Can I try just one session without committing to the 10-series?
Sure. In fact, I recommend trying one session first to know if this process is a right fit for you.