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If you haven’t experienced Structural Integration yet, you probably have questions about what to expect. Here are answers to the questions we hear most often. Have a question that isn’t answered here? Call and speak to Gailey at 952-948-0420.
What makes Structural Integration different than therapeutic massage?
Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that releases restrictive patterns of tension in the body’s connective tissue. This improves alignment of the skeleton and muscles, balances the physical form, and makes it easier to move. By aligning the physical form, Structural Integration relieves the body from excessive gravitational forces and allows it to begin to heal itself.
Is Structural Integration like Rolfing?
Yes! Structural Integration and Rolfing are both based on the bodywork of Dr. Ida P. Rolf.
What makes Structural Integration different than Rolfing?
The difference is in name only. Structural Integration is the lineage of bodywork pioneered by Dr. Ida P. Rolf. Rolfing® is a trademarked name for the Structural Integration offered by one particular school. Much like Kleenex® is one brand of facial tissue, Rolfing is one brand of Structural Integration. Its name pays homage to Dr. Rolf.
Is Structural Integration painful?
While Structural Integration is intense, it is important to remember that the process is different for everyone. The key to a positive Structural Integration session is to remember that as the client, you control the pace and the intensity of each session. Open communication with Gailey during each session ensures a positive experience.
How long is a Structural Integration session?
Each Structural Integration session is 90-120 minutes in length.
What do you wear during a Structural Integration session?
You should wear comfortable clothing that allows access to the body. Women may wear a two piece bathing suit, workout clothes, or a non-restrictive bra and underwear. Men may wear gym shorts or their underwear.
How many sessions are in a series?
There are 10 sessions in the core series. After completing a 10-series, you may wish to continue with an advanced 5-series. At some point in the future, you may wish to undergo a “tune-up” 3-series.
Do I have to complete all 10 sessions?
To receive the full benefit of Structural Integration, all 10 sessions should be completed within six months. That said, it’s possible to sign on for the first three sessions and then decided if you wish to complete the full 10-series. This is the best way to test the waters and see if Structural Integration is for you.
What’s the best cadence for scheduling a 10-series?
Structural Integration sessions can be scheduled to meet your needs. You may schedule up to two Structural Integration sessions per week. Most people schedule sessions from one to three weeks apart. To achieve the maximum benefit from the Structural Integration process, plan to complete all ten sessions within six months.
What happens when you’re done with Structural Integration? Does Structural Integration last?
Yes! The results of a Structural Integration 10-series can last for many years. Following Gailey’s “post ten” recommendations and participating in yoga, pilates, or similar exercise will help extend your results.
How often should I return for a “tune up”?
Every body is different. Each of us is subject to unique physical and emotional stresses and these manifest differently in the body. Some clients complete a 10-series and never need additional work. Other clients wait six months before coming back for an advanced 5-series. Others return every few years for a “tune up.” Gailey can advise you on when it is appropriate to return for more structural integration sessions.
What kind of results can I expect from Structural Integration?
After completing a Structural Integration 10-series, you may measure taller, experience freer movement, feel lighter, experience less pain and have fewer headaches. You will appear more confident as your skeleton aligns, your posture improves, and you move with greater ease. Learn more about the benefits of structural integration.