Living with Uncertainty

Living with Uncertainty

When NASA set off in the early 1960s to put a man on the moon, there was a lot of discussion about what kinds of skills and qualifications the astronauts would need. Obviously, they had to be smart, brave and physically fit. But the most important characteristic...
Movement and Patterns

Movement and Patterns

When SI practitioners talk about movement and movement patterns, we are typically talking about our clients’ ability to move the joints of their bodies in a balanced fashion. To flex and extend their spine without excessive rotation, to move the arms and legs to...
The Carpenter’s Way

The Carpenter’s Way

I’ve been doing a lot of carpentry over the past few months, and – surprise! – I’ve been finding a lot of useful analogies to the Structural Integration process. One of the most basic things I’ve learned is that houses, like our bodies, have lots and lots of layers....
Core Intention

Core Intention

Over the years, I have often heard Structural Integration referred to as a form of ‘deep tissue body work.’ But that description has never really matched up to my vision of the work. SI’s traditional intent is to support clients’ ability to stand upright within the...
Motion and Emotion

Motion and Emotion

Most clients who come to Structural Integration recognize that much of the tension and strain in their bodies is not the result of injury or physical overwork, but of stress from a job or relationship. They are aware of the connection between their emotional and...
Movement Patterns

Movement Patterns

Structural Integration practitioners are focused primarily upon supporting our clients’ alignment and mobility. Which means that to a great extent, we don’t fit well in the standard healthcare system with its focus upon immediate pain remediation, regional anatomy,...
Dancing with Clients

Dancing with Clients

As Structural Integrators, our focus is on releasing adhesion between layers of fascia that bind muscles to each other and to bones. And there are as many ways to release these adhesions as there are practitioners. My way of releasing adhesions that limit clients’...
Notes from the Clinic – Deep Work

Notes from the Clinic – Deep Work

Often the most challenging aspect of learning Structural Integration is learning to align and ‘open’ the body’s inner core and learning to support the transfer of breath and movement through it. As SI practitioners, when we work deeply within our client’s body, we are...