SI Frequently Asked Questions
What is Structural Integration (SI)?
Structural Integration works on a ten session series to align and balance the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia. Over time the continuing effects of gravity, the stress of daily activities, and physical injuries can pull the body out of alignment. When a body is aligned and balanced it moves with greater ease, requires less energy to function, becomes more flexible, more coordinated and can improve athletic performance.
Things to know for your first visit.
You will need to fill out an intake form. This is so that we can provide the best possible treatment and care.
During your first consultation, we will discuss any health-related issues and concerns.
Due to the close proximity of a Practitioner to a Client, please be mindful of your hygiene. It is advised to shower before or the day of your session. Please also avoid using lotions, oils or scented perfume before your session and drink plenty of water leading up and following your sessions.
What should I expect?
During the Structural Integration (SI) process, changes in your posture, movement, and physical experience are achieved through education, awareness, and therapeutic touch. When working with a structural integrator for the first time, an initial intake process will be performed. This includes the gathering of a client's health history and observation of how the client moves and holds their body, standing posture, breath and gait. Clients remain clothed to whatever extent they wish, though this is usually with full coverage underwear or activewear. Sessions will take place on a physical therapy table, bench and in standing posture.
Does it hurt?
SI got a rep for being painful from the early days when it was being born. SI should feel good. It may be intense at times but should be a good intense. Think of that scratch that you just can't reach.
What should I wear?
Most people choose to wear full coverage underwear, sports bra, compression boxer briefs. During the session a blanket is offered to cover the part of the body that is not being worked on. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns about what to wear.
How long are the sessions?
Sessions range between 60 minutes and 90 minutes depending on the session, the person, and what is needed.This includes the pre and post assessment, time on the table and any post session homework.
Why ten sessions?
It takes a whole life to create the postures and patterns we live into. SI takes a holistic approach to organizing the whole body. We work slowly to ensure the body is able to integrate the work for lasting change.
What is the difference between SI and massage?
Massage often focuses on short term relaxation and muscular discomfort. SI aims to create long-term realignment, which can mean continual improvements after the sessions. The 10 Series of Structural Integration organizes the fascia to work with the body in creating ease of movement, increased function and balance.