Structural Integration

What is Structural Integration?

Based on Dr. Ida Rolf’s work of Structural Integration ( Rolfing® ) and developed by Olivier PELLETIER, LMT, CORE Kinetic Integration (CKI) is a 10-session protocol of manual therapy, awareness exercises, and movement re-education, designed to restore the body to its natural state of alignment and balance. Through the process of (CKI), changes and improvements in posture and structure (shape) and function (movement) are achieved by manipulating the muscular (myo) and connective tissue (fascial) system along the line of gravity. Throughout the 10 session journey, each session builds on the previous, to support the ability of the body to reorganize. As habitual strain patterns ease throughout the body, chronic pain is often alleviated.

The Ten-series can be divided into three distinct phases:

PHASE 1: Extrinsic – The first three sessions strive to loosen and balance surface layers of the body.

PHASE 2: Intrinsic – The next four sessions are referred to as the “core” sessions. They lengthen and release the deeper layers of intrinsic musculature and focus specifically on the relationship between the lower extremities, pelvis, spinal column, shoulder girdle, and head.

PHASE 3: Integration – The final three sessions are a more comprehensive approach to reworking and integrating all regions of the body. They are designed to decrease stress and increase energy as the body’s structure is better aligned with gravity.

The Benefits of Structural Integration

Our bodies grow, move, and change within the constant field of gravity; when we oppose gravity inefficiently, valuable resources are wasted. Physical injuries, trauma, and the stresses of daily life require us to adapt how we move and hold ourselves upright. These adaptive patterns can become deeply ingrained—even long after they’ve fulfilled their protective and adaptive functions—to the point that basic movements like sitting, breathing, and walking are more effortful than necessary. Such prolonged effort can contribute toward feelings of tightness, pain, fatigue, and lack of vitality.

Structural Integration can help us learn to “let go” of chronic stress and tension, to stop fighting gravity and allow it to support us instead. Movement becomes a pleasure, breath comes easier, and “good posture” becomes effortless. We experience a sense of ease, efficiency, and grace. Many Structural Integration clients come to find relief from pain and discomfort along the way. While this describes some general benefits, the SI process is individual and personal, with a wide range of effects and benefits.

Who Benefits from SI?

All types of people benefit from Structural Integration. Some come to ease chronic pain and stress; others are hoping to improve their athletic performance; still, others are simply interested in exploring their potential for awareness and vitality. Children and older people alike can benefit from SI.

Structural Integration is contraindicated for those with infections, fevers, acute inflammation, and recent trauma. Some forms of rheumatoid arthritis, severe osteoporosis, or osteomyelitis are also contraindicated. If you are unsure whether or not SI will be safe for you, check with your doctor and inform Olivier about your condition before working together.

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