Structural Bodywork 12-Series
I release all dis-ease from my body & welcome health, love & happiness into my life .
What is Structural Bodywork?
Structural Bodywork (SB) is deep-tissue manipulation and movement re-education with a beginning, middle, and end.
SB manages the root causes of imbalances in your body by bringing alignment to your posture, ease to your movements, and long-lasting results in your ability to adapt to the body’s responses against gravity. Imbalances in our body lead to compensations in our postural and movement patterns which may bring us chronic pain, drain us of energy, and make us prone to injury.
The effects of these patterns don’t just affect our nervous system, but also have an effect on our fascia, the all-encompassing body’s connective tissue that provides a framework that helps support and protects our muscles, organs, and the entire body as a unit. SB works to progressively unwind these whole body compensations and patterns that cause your symptoms.
Anatomy Trains Structural Integration came about from the pioneering work of Dr. Ida Rolf, developed by Thomas Myers.
Wait at least 6 weeks after surgery, with the permission of your doctor before undertaking structural integration. Additionally, this work may not be appropriate for those with rheumatoid arthritis or other systemic inflammatory diseases.
SB purports to be an educational process for the body’s locomotor system and is neither diagnosis nor treatment for any condition nor a substitute for competent medical attention when needed. If you have medical concerns or are under the care of a doctor, please consult your medical practitioner before undertaking structural integration. At your request, I am available to consult with any member of your treatment team.
What is Structural Bodywork?
The 12- series
The ATSI 12-series explores the structure of the body and its mobility as a whole. The 12-series is a process of unwinding restrictive patterns of use while reorganizing the body's soft tissue, restoring balance, renewing body intelligence, and cultivating spatial awareness. Each session builds upon the previous to help you increase resiliency, so you’ll have more energy and ability to do what you love!
What can you expect from a "tune up" 3-Series
The ATSB 3-series - is for those who have already received the 12-series and need a "tune-up".
Session 1 focuses on the lower limbs and pelvic girdle to balance and ground the body and enhance your awareness of postural patterns.
Session 2 focuses on the shoulder girdle, arms, and abdomen to help open the breath and balance the shoulder girdle on the ribcage.
Session 3 focuses on the spine and neck to help you find ease, balance, and fluid movement in the spine.
Who Benefits from Structural Bodywork?
Everyone! Most clients come in for a session due to pain in their body that may limit them from enjoying activities or accomplishing tasks in their everyday life. Sometimes the pain stems from an injury, sometimes from an activity or sports that we enjoy as a hobby, and sometimes it's just us against gravity. You may be required to sit for long periods of time at your job or in your car to get to work, or you may be seeking help to find better ways to perform tasks at work that require you to move a lot or in a particular way. Pain is not necessary or a normal thing to live with even as we age. Below is a list of more specific ways I may be able to assist you:
Improve alignment, balance, coordination, and posture
Reduce chronic pain, soreness, and tension
Enhance flexibility, function, and movement
Learn to move, sit, and breath with greater freedom and ease
Promote spatial awareness
Support the body in muscular efficiency and energy conservation
Resume the active lifestyle that you desire
Who Benefits From Structural Bodywork?
How is it different from massage?
Structural bodyworkers go through specialized training to understand and assess pain patterns and postural issues. Each session starts with an assessment of your posture, movement, and breath, and then a plan is created specifically for your pattern and compensations to bring back optimal, posture, movement, and breath to your body.
You will be asked to wear minimal clothing (underwear, briefs, boxer shorts, bra, sports bra- that exposes your back) and can expect to shift positions several times during the session. Work is performed with you on a massage table, as well as standing and seated on a bench.
Before and after (after the full series) pictures can be taken for comparison.
Does it hurt?
We seek to work within a sensation range that is comfortable and does not exceed an individual’s tolerance. That being said, some of the work is of higher sensation and your communication about that will help your SB practitioner make adjustments accordingly.
How many sessions do I need?
SB is systematic: It is a process that takes place over a finite series of sessions (usually 3 or 12) designed to relieve symptoms or presenting problems by raising the functioning of the whole system.
Can I come in for just one session?
Yes, please do feel free to come in for a single session to see if my work resonates with you and if feels like it might be a good fit. I am more than happy to do issue-specific work. However, I will most often suggest at least 3 sessions if you are seeking to alleviate a particular symptom.
During Your 3 Series
Each session is 75-90 minutes long. We will begin by discussing your health history, activities, and goals. This is followed by a postural assessment and a biomechanical assessment to help determine a unique strategy for your session
The manual bodywork will be done on a bench, a table, and sometimes standing.
You will be asked to perform small movements in conjunction with the manual techniques to help to encourage the tissue to unlock any stuck tissue.
What to Wear
To work effectively, I need direct access to your tissue. And because you will be asked to move around during the session, you will not be draped.
Women: underwear and a bra or shorts and a bra or a sports bra work well. If you choose to wear a sports bra, please pick one that exposes your back as much as possible.
Men: briefs or boxer briefs are best but if you prefer you can wear workout shorts.