Anatomy Trains Structural Integration
What is Anatomy Trains Structural Integration?
Anatomy Trains Structural Integration springs from the pioneering work of Dr. Ida P. Rolf, as developed, by Thomas Myers. It consists of a multi-session protocol (usually 12) of deep, slow fascial and myofascial manipulation, coupled with movement re-education. Anatomy Trains Structural Integration is one of a number of schools that train practitioners in ‘Structural Integration’, Ida Rolf’s name for her own work. Structural Integration is practiced as an old-world-craft with a 21st century comprehension of how your body structure works.
The Anatomy Trains ‘brand’ of structural integration concentrates on doing deep, lasting and significant work, with an anatomical precision, blended with the movement and sensitivity to the unfolding individual experience. The Anatomy Trains ‘recipe’ for structural integration is based around the ‘Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians’ which are explored in a book by Thomas Myers published in 2001.
How Does Anatomy Trains Structural Integration Work?
The design of Structural Integration is to unwind the 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 airplanes, etc. Structural Integration is designed to unwind this process and reduce structural stress.
Anatomy Trains Structural Integration is Beneficial For:
- Injury prevention/rehabilitation
- Improving flexibility
- Reducing stress
- Improving posture
- Increasing vitality
- Improving your yoga practice
What to Expect from a Session
Anatomy Trains Structural Integration work is done on a massage table, or for certain moves on a stool or bench. The practitioner will use his fingers, hands, or arm to contact certain tissues, and then ask you to move in specific ways while he or she opens and repositions those tissues. The process of opening these tissues can involve some burning, like a yoga stretch or exercising some long unused muscles. The pain, if the sensation gets that far, should be short and bearable. Please converse with your practitioner to find the right level of depth for you that allows the maximum value for each session consistent with your comfort. The idea is to achieve a balanced body that is pain-free. You may have to feel some of the stored pain as it leaves your body, especially in traumatized areas.
What to Wear
Participants are requested to wear bra/underwear/shorts or a two-piece bathing suit.