3 session Series
Structural bodywork is a powerful form of manual therapy that targets the connective tissue to help balance body segments, release held patterns and create space to allow for optimal posture and movement efficiency.
How is Structural Bodywork different from massage?
What makes Structural Bodywork so unique?
Is Structural Bodywork for me?
How many sessions will I need to attend?
What are the benefits of Structural Bodywork?
- Improved posture
What exactly is fascia?
Fascia is the spiderweb-like system that connects every single single nook and cranny of the body. It connects muscle to muscle, bone to bone, bone to muscle, houses all our nerves and blood vessels and holds all our organs and structures in place. It is our organ of form.. It gives us our shape!
Why have I never heard of fascia?
Why is fascia important in bodywork and movement therapy?
What are knots or adhesions?
Commonly thought to be always originating from the muscle itself, adhesions often come from the fascia (connective tissue) instead. All the layers of your tissue (skin, fascia, muscles, etc) all should slide and glide to create efficent movement. However, poor movement patterns, sedentary lifestyles and traumas can lead to a reduction in mobility of tissues in certain areas, aka tissues getting "stuck." Adhesions are areas where the tissue has become stuck/immobile and structural bodywork and movement can help to restore proper tissue hydration and mobility!
What does a typical session look like?
After a comprehensive health history and intake, your practicioner will complete a "bodyread" which is a series of visual and movement assessments to help paint a picture of what areas of the body may need attention. They then use this information to create tissue strategies specific to your body's needs, which they will apply during the session. Structural bodywork utilizes the clients movement along with the tissue techniques to help faciliate change in the body. Sessions typically last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half and end with "integration" that helps the body tie together all those new changes
What is a 3 series?
A structural bodywork 3 series is a sequential series of 3 sessions of bodywork and movement therapy, each targeting a different area of the body. This way, the practicioner and client are able to create change in specific areas of the body seperately, then integrate them together as a whole for improved posture, movement and health.
How do I prepare for a session?
Please arrive 10 minutes in advance, wear either underwear or tight fitting clothing (ex. sports bra and spandex shorts for women/spandex shorts for men) and try to avoid eating a large meal or doing strenuous physical activity prior to the session. Also, make sure to hydrate well in the days leading up to the session, as it can drastically affect your tissues!
What is Anatomy Trains?
Created by Thomas Myers with influence from Dr. Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais and Buckminster Fuller, Anatomy Trains is a map of the continuous soft tissue around the human body. Like the tracks of a train, the anatomy trains run in different continuities around the entire body, connecting you from head to toe! Seeing the body through this "map" of continuous soft tissue creates a holistic view of the body and helps manual/movement therapists to better faciliate healing in their clients.
Why is Anatomy Trains important to movement?
It is often thought that "muscles pull on bones" to make us move. However, recent research has begun to shift that thinking to a more holistic view involving the transmission of force from muscle to to muscle through these continuous lines of connective tissue (aka the anatomy trains). With this view in mind, movement can be seen through an entirely new lens, as force is transmitted from the ground all the way up through the head via these continuous connective tissue lines!
3 consecutive sessions of targeted structural bodywork
The feet, knees, legs and pelvic girdle
The breath, rib cage and shoulder girdle.
The lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine