Structural Integration - Deep Tissue Bodywork, Posture and Movement Education

"When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through. Then, spontaneosly, the body heals itself."
Ida Rolf, Ph.D.

A CrossFit Trainers Experience with Structural Integration – Part 3

March 29, 2013 : Blog


Ah yes, the final piece to the picture. This part of the series is about organize the whole is a way specific to the client. This is where the artistry of the ten series lies. What does this body need? How do we get all these pieces to come together to form a more complete whole? Here’s what these two have to say about it…

“I have finally finished all 10 sessions of SI, so time for a recap (See Part 1 and Part 2 if you need to catch up)…

First, from Stephanie:

What we have done in the 10 series is built a foundation through hands-on change and movement education that now Cody will use in his daily activities and workouts.  If we take photos in 3 months, his structural alignment will be even better so long as he uses his improved body awareness and ways of moving.

In the traditional 10-series, sessions 8, 9, and 10 are integrative – where we put the individual parts back together into a better functioning whole.   In the first seven sessions we focused on better organizing individual segments and hydrating specific layers of fascia (a form of connective tissue).   Session 8 was a lower body session because the pelvis and legs are the foundation for the upper body, neck and head to be supported.   We created a sense of stability and adaptability by neutralizing rotations and pelvic tilts and shifts.  Session 9 focused more on the upper body and getting the transfer of motion and energy to go from the foundation through the spine, ribs, shoulders, head and neck in a more integrative way.  People are much more likely to get shoulder injuries when they move the arm in isolation instead of feeling a response and connection that includes the ribs, pelvis, spine, legs and feet.  Lastly in session 10 I worked mostly around the joints and had Cody play with connecting movement between his joints to experience each as part of the whole.  One goal is that after the 10th session clients experience their body segments working together and experience motion initiated by the core layer smoothly and efficiently transmit out through the sleeve layer of their body…”

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