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What is Structural Integration and who can it benefit?

What is Structural Integration?

Anatomy Trains Structural Integration, (A.T.S.I.), is a style of myofascial bodywork that helps to ease, lift and align your body organising the anatomical building blocks towards their correct position by manipulating the fascia.

This encourages better posture and for the muscles to be used properly, reducing stress on ligaments and abnormal wear of joint surfaces.

Once in better alignment, your body moves with more ease and efficiency and is much less likely to feel pain.

Unlike massage, A.T.S.I focuses on the body’s fascia. A system of connective tissue that runs throughout the body like a continuous web surrounding the muscles, bones, organs, veins and nerves, helping to give the body its shape and structure. Healthy fascia allows the muscles to slide and glide over one-another, but unhealthy fascia does the very opposite, restricting movement and pulling the body out of alignment, causing aching muscles and joint pain.

  • Less muscle aches and joint pain
  • Increased mobility and flexibility
  • Improved posture
  • Better body alignment
  • Enables muscles to work correctly
  • A sense of lift and less sluggishness
  • Long lasting results

A.T.S.I. is best suited to addressing long-term aches, pains, injuries and restrictions, which other therapies may only have offered short -term relief. Post treatment regular movement and exercise, such as Pilates will help to maintain your newfound flexibility, alignment and strength.

Who can Structural Integration benefit?

Pretty much anyone with a skeleton held together with muscles and connective tissue. From five to ninety-five years old, athlete or couch potato, all can benefit from Anatomy Trains Structural Integration bodywork, (A.T.S.I.)

Many factors contribute to the fascial tissues becoming dried, tight and ‘stuck’ . Poor posture, the body’s response to injury and trauma, the constant pull of gravity, or just spending too much time sitting behind the wheel of your car, or hunched over a phone or computer.

Over time this may cause your body to take on subtle bends, shifts, tilts and rotations as it attempts to accommodate the changes in the facial network, restricting muscle functioning, postural alignment, compressing organs and compromising movement patterns.

A.T.S.I. helps to lengthen and unwind the fascia from its tensioned or tight holding patterns, allowing greater ease and efficiency of movement. The skeletal structures then tend towards their correct alignment and long-term joint pain and stiffness is greatly reduced. This is an advantage to any body, but it’s particularly poignant as we age. Staying fit, pain free and mobile has never been so important, as more and more of us are now living to a greater age.

At the other end of the spectrum, many athletes are now trained to master the energy recoil action that healthy fascia offers and use this energy transfer to accelerate and enhance performance. For more information on Anatomy Trains in training email info@northshore-structurlaintegration.com.au

Structural Integration work demands a degree of energy and focus from the participating client. So if you are currently very unwell, or pregnant it is advisable to wait until these conditions have passed before starting an A.T.S.I treatment program.

For more information on Structural Integration – please contact Liane in the studio, or visit          North Shore Structural Integration website.

 

Structural Integration and KMI

Background

fascia Structural Integration is a scientifically validated body therapy. Unlike massage, Structural integration focuses not on the muscles but on their protective layer, called fascia (also known as connective tissue). Muscles are contracting tissues that give the body and organs physical movement. The fascia surrounds the muscles, bones and organs in the body. The fascia gives muscles their shape and the body its structure.

Structural Integration aligns and balances the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia. As fascia is lengthened it allows the muscles to move more efficiently. The practitioner will apply pressure to the body, working the entire fascial system in a systematic way. When restricted fascia is released and lengthened the body can return to its structurally optimal position

The continuing pull of gravity, the stress of daily activities and physical injuries can pull the body out of alignment. The fascia gradually shortens, tightens and adjusts to accommodate the misalignment. When the body is out of alignment it creates inefficiency and imbalance resulting in stiffness, discomfort and loss of energy.

When a body is aligned and balanced it moves with greater ease. It requires less energy to function. Good posture is effortless and breathing is easier. The body becomes more flexible, more coordinated and athletic performance improves.

KMI

Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI) is one of a number of schools that train practitioners in ‘Structural Integration’, springing from the pioneering work of Dr Ida Rolf and has been developed by Thomas Myers. KMI consists of a multi-session protocol of deep, slow fascial and myofascial manipulation, coupled with movement re-education.

Modekmirn anatomy now recognises the importance of the myofascial network, which not only gives our body it’s shape – it plays an essential role in transmitting, enhancing and restricting movement. It is the glue and fabric that holds our body together. It surrounds and connects every muscle fibre, every organ, in fact almost every structure in our body.

It truly is a continuous connection throughout our whole body. Imagine it is like a spiders’ web, when it is pulled in one area it transmits tension to another.

The body does this very well and in most cases symptoms manifest themselves some distance from the root of the cause, a bit like pulling on a bit of clothing the tensions can be felt far from the initial tugging.

Benefits of KMI treatment

  • Can ease chronic pain and stiffness.
  • Restores natural alignment, length and ease.
  • Improves posture, movement and energy.
  • Unwinds strain patterns residing in your body.
  • Can improve and enhance athletic performance.

The design of KMI is to unwind strain patterns residing in your body’s locomotor system, restoring it to its natural balance, alignment, length, and ease. Common strain patterns come about from inefficient movement habits, and our body’s response to poorly designed cars, desks, telephones, and aeroplanes, etc. Individual strain patterns come from imitation when we are young, from the invasions of injury or surgery or even birth, and from our body’s response to traumatic episodes. Beginning as a simple gesture of response, movements can become a neuromuscular habit.

Here at Pilates Connection, we believe that KMI is a wonderful service to complement our existing Pilates classes, and as such, we have undertaken extensive training and certification in the practice. Rates are $130 per session which involves a personal consultation and treatment for approximately 80-90 minutes. If you’d like to find out more – please contact Liane on 0400 012 693

Client Testimonials:

“Following constant and annoying pain in my neck and shoulders, I had a KMI structural bodywork “massage” with Liane. Liane is a very knowledgeable, dedicated and caring practitioner, and after one session I found I had loosened up considerably and my aches and pains resolved. I would recommend giving it a go in preference to taking painkillers.”
TG Lane Cove North

Information source and further reading – https://www.anatomytrains.com/