Integrative Bodywork Throughout our lives, we create movement and habitual holding patterns based on our environment. While these patterns start of as an incredible adaptations either from physical or emotional injury or other environmental factors, over time, these once functional patterns become dysfunctional. Integrative Bodywork is the synthesis of various modalities and techniques to meet the specific needs of the client. Structural Integration (Rolf Method), Scar Tissue Remediation, Visceral Manipulation, Traditional Abdominal Massage are a few of the modalities that make up Integrative Bodywork.
Structural Integration (SI) is a transformative process of bodywork sessions, developed by Dr. Ida Rolf, to align our bodies and movement patterns with gravity. SI specifically reorganizes the body's connective tissue (Fascia), which surrounds and supports every organ, nerve, bone and muscle within the body. Throughout the SI 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. Rather than focusing only where pain is, the intention of the Structural Integration series is to physically and energetically align and balance the whole body. Below you will find a brief outline of the SI series. In addition to the physical focus of each session, we begin to explore the relationship between our body, our beliefs and our emotional patterning.
Visceral Manipulation (VM) is a gentle manual therapy that aids your body’s ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that cause pain and dysfunction. “Viscera” relates to the internal organs of the body, such as the liver, kidneys and intestines. Visceral Manipulation, or VM, does not focus solely on the site of pain or dysfunction, but evaluates the entire body to find the source of the problem.
Traditional Abdominal Massage (TAM)addresses misalignment or congestion in the reproductive organs of both men and women, as well as many common digestive disorders. The techniques effectively alleviate tissue congestion and organ constriction to improve the vital flows of energy, blood, lymph and nerves in the abdomen. TAM addresses physical, emotional and energetic tension patterns in the abdomen. This is supportive in the prevention of chronic diseases (IBS, PID, PCOS) while improving the body’s ability to self repair and balance.
Scar Tissue Remediation (STR)Scar tissue forms as the connective tissue heals after an injury (such as an accident) or surgery. Scar tissue remediation is gentle, physical manipulation of a scar, which makes the scar supple and prevents the scar tissue from adhering to the tissues underneath it. Scar tissue is essentially collagen molecules arranged rather willy-nilly to knit severed tissues back together. While scarring is a natural part of the healing process, excessive scar tissue may form when the proper building blocks are not present and there is excessive inflammation. This scarring may cause restrictions to blood flow, movement, and also contribute to structural imbalance. STR gently encourages the connective tissues to reorganize in a coherent manner. Scar Tissue Remediation can support these types of scars and more: