Structural Integration focuses on improving physical functioning by releasing musculoskeletal tension, misalignment, and imbalances caused by the effects of gravity and habitual patterns.
How it Works
A practitioner uses her hands to deliver pressure and heat the layers of fascia. They use their palms, elbows and fingers to apply slow, deliberate strokes lasing 1 to 3 minutes or more. The fascial layer is softened which relieves tension and promotes healing.
Tension and chronic pain relief, improved body alignment and faster recovery from injury are the most common benefits. People might also experience improved balance, more fluid movement and better athletic performance.
Structural Integration is not appropriate for those suffering from osteoporosis, broken bones, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, acute skin inflammation, chronic addiction, aneurysm, and tumors. Practitioners should avoid areas of the body with bruises, fractures, or wounds until they are healed.
The goal of Structural Integration is to reorganize the body into an integrated functioning whole unit that reacts to stress, such as gravity more efficiently.
- Minki Kim Structural Integration
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Reviewed February 2013 by Minki Kim, Structural Integration Professional