Structural Integration - Deep Tissue Bodywork, Posture and Movement Education

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Ida Rolf, Ph.D.

A CrossFit Trainers Experience with Structural Integration – Part 2

March 22, 2013 : Blog

Here is part 2 of this Crossfit trainers ten series experience. This part is written after the heart of the ten series has been completed. Check out the photos! He responded well to the core work, it really changed his posture.

“So, as I am now through session 7 of the 10-session series of Structural Integration (SI), I wanted to check back in and share some photos and thoughts on my progress so far (see the post on the first three sessions here). In the traditional SI series, the first three sessions deal with the outer fascial layers of the body, which are referred to in SI as “the sleeve.”  When “the sleeve” is tight it limits range of motion, creates compression on the joints and spine, and restricts breathing and organ function.  Part of the progression of the series is to first free the outer layers, so the work on the deeper layers and structures can last.  If deep structures are released and the surface layers are still tight and creating compression, the body can actually rotate more and become more imbalanced and unstable.

Sessions #1-3 prepared the way by organizing the more “superficial/sleeve” layers of myo-fascia to make room for what we did in sessions #4-7. In sessions 4-7 we addressed “the core.”  “The core” in this case is similar to an apple – where it is the deepest layers of the body – not just abdominal muscles.  Session #4 created length from the arches of my feet through the pelvic floor – which you can see in the front and back photos.  In session 5 we lengthened the fascia along the front of my legs, hips, abdominals, ribs, psoas and iliacus fascia.  In session 6 we lengthened the back from my heels to the base of my head.  And in session 7 we created more length in my upper ribs, neck and head…”

Read the rest of the article here.