What generally leads someone to receive Structural Integration?
Is it only for people in extreme circumstances? The goals and results of Structural Integration are in no way limited to those of us who are athletes, or whose bodies are already chronically stressed and strained. Rather, it is my message that every one of us can achieve a higher level of balance, ease and grace in our bodies. Every one of us can be reintroduced to the pleasure of relaxed and nourishing movement, free of unnecessary restriction or excessive tension. We all have patterns, physical and psychological, at work in our lives Structural Integration is just the thing to educate and empower us in the exciting and liberating task of changing them.
What is the difference between SI and Rolfing?
Ida Rolf called her work Structural Integration. Her colleagues nicknamed it "Rolfing". The term "Rolfing" and "Rolfer" are serviced-marked by only one training institution.
Can I get a single session of Structural Integration? Do I have to commit to all 10 sessions?
If you are wondering if S.I. is right for you, the answer to the first question is absolutely yes! You can receive your First Hour with no further commitment to the traditional 10 series. If you found your First Hour worthwhile, you may then proceed to sessions 2 and 3. Upon completing your Third Hour, we will assess your results and discuss progressing further.
For optimal results, when proceeding beyond the Third Hour I strongly recommend a commitment to completing the Series in its entirety. This lends balance and a sense of completion to the structure. Structural Integration takes a comprehensive, holistic approach to working with the body. From this perspective, that pain in your shoulders may actually be coming from a misaligned pelvis or some similar disorder and thus eschews the typical massage model of "spot work".
If what you are seeking is a single session of work which addresses a particular area of your choosing, you would be best served to consider Connective Tissue Massage.
What is the difference between CTM and SI?
Though they both aim to loosen and lengthen fascia, the goals of SI are to create better order and alignment in the body. CTM is an "a la carte" approach, working wherever the client is feeling discomfort, while SI sessions are conducted according to the "Recipe" as devised by Ida Rolf.
Is SI painful?
While it is true that during an SI session you may find some areas more sensitive than others, keep in mind that these are your sessions. I am a partner who works with you, not on you. You control the pace and intensity of each session. Be advised that the release of tissue that has been shortened and stuck for decades may be accompanied by an intense (though short-lived) sensation.
Is Connective Tissue Massage the same as "Deep Tissue Massage"?
Because "deep tissue massage" is a phrase used by practitioners of a variety of modalities of bodywork, there is no standard definition of what it exactly comprises. CTM begins at the most superficial layer, and as that tissue softens, it allows access to the next available layer. Eventually, the deepest layers are worked on directly. However, since connective tissue/fascia is continuous and multi-layered, it is possible to affect the deeper layers of tissue even while working on the superficial layer. So in that sense, CTM can be considered Deep Tissue Massage.