Structural Bodywork

Structural bodywork is a method of working to resolve physical conflicts within the body, which are preventing easier, more correct ways of moving and being. This method is a system based approach rather than symptom focused. This involves body reading,  fascial plane release techniques, and body awareness of  posture patterns in the body. When body support is lacking, tissues and their related muscles compensate by shoring up specific areas in an effort to deal with these vulnerabilities. The body then becomes a negotiation of compensations, and conflicting tensional strains which we experience as tightness, lack of flexibility, poor balance, pain, anxiety, depression, etc…

This natural response to imbalance and instability is also the body’s attempt to support itself against the ever-present forces of gravity.  These imbalances cause the body to work less efficiently, causing greater energy output to keep us upright.  Structural bodywork helps align and free tissues,and also   gives support and ease in the body where these elements are missing.  Movement is an event in which every segment of the body works in relationship to every other segment. If a body is overly stiff in certain places, and lacking support in others, these relationships will be limited, and the body will not be able to work as a unit. To the degree that this is the case, the person will be limited in their ability to adapt to  the environment in which they live.  

I am offering a 3 series.  

Session 1-

Balance the lower limbs and pelvic girdle

Enhance awareness of postural patterns

Establish a sense of core support from below

To find ones feet on the ground

Session 2

Open the breath via the ribs and abdominals

Balance the shoulder girdle on the ribcage

Balance the upper limbs and shoulder girdle

Ease shoulder girdle/neck relationship

Session 3

Connect the two girdles via the spine

Ease, balance and fluid movement in the spine

Open the breath

Enhanced awareness of postural patterns

 

Structural Bodywork  offers:

- Better body alignment

-Improved overall functioning of body

-Increased energy and resilience 

-Greater body awareness

COMPARISON OF MASSAGE AND STRUCTURAL BODYWORK

Massage

Structural bodywork

Lotions, cremes and or oils used on skin

No lotions used

Client has a passive role/draped under a sheet

Client and practitioner are working together to free tissue and address movement options

Typically, body reading is not a part of the session

Body reading is a part of each session

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST SESSION

A typical first session of structural bodywork involves a health history, body reading(sometimes called a posture analysis).  This can be done standing or walking.  Client is in a sports bra and tight shorts, bra and cotton underwear, or a two piece bathing suit. The practitioner will need to see areas of the body that are holding compensations.  The next step is to use fascial release techniques while the client adds movement .  Average length of a session is 90 minutes.