Structural Integration Opens Potential
‘I can’t recommend Tyler highly enough! I originally went to see her with chronic hip pain from a total hip replacement 7 years previously. No matter how I exercised I had repeated bursitis on my hip under the scarring. After a great deal of google searching I came across Tyler and decided it was worth trying (the doctors could only suggest another operation to cut out the scar tissue with only a 60% chance of improvement).
Due to the longevity of the problem Tyler recommended the 12 week program. After 12 treatments and starting from my feet to my head Tyler managed to not only cure the hip pain but also pain in my toes and feet, residual pain from a frozen shoulder, vertigo and a clicking jaw! She gave me homework exercises which were ridiculously simple but incredibly effective and her overall knowledge of the human body and how it works is truly impressive
Tyler’s kind and gentle approach makes you feel that you are in very safe hands and I now try and see her every six months for a ‘tuning’ to keep things right. Thank you so much for quite literally changing my life to a pain free’. Penny, complications from a hip replacement surgery.
Structural Integration (or Rolfing) is a bodywork and movement education that is designed to reorganise the body’s structure and posture by addressing strain.
What to Expect
Each session is 90 minutes in length. The work is carried out on a massage table and bench. A body reading is done so I can put together a strategy of treatment to address your specific patterns of restrictions (photos may be taken if you agree as an aid to assessment). Each session should be 5 days to a week apart (with the longest gap no more that 14 days) to keep up the momentum to the work and maximise the potential for change.
A Structural Integration Series has a beginning and an end. After the Series you will not receive more S.I Series work for 6 months to a year. It is able to create ongoing changes for a long time after the initial 12 sessions and there is further improvement in posture a year or more after. Many clients will benefit from coming back for ‘post-Series’ work on a particular issue, or a mini-series following an injury, surgery or a stressful time. Many people find that at some point they wish to return for a tune up.
There are two treatment options available:
The 12 Series:
The 12 Series allows for the comprehensive treatment of the whole body and its patterns:
Sessions 1-4: Superficial myofascial sleeve.
Sessions 5-8: Deep Core layers.
Sessions 9-12: Balance of pelvic and shoulder girdles and spine and integration of the sleeve and core.
The 3 Series:
This mini series can be used as a general treatment of the body but can also can be used as tune-up sessions or advanced work in continuation after the foundational Series to address specific improvements. Exploration is often directed towards the individuals’ structure and function in sitting, standing and in movement, using positions that allow the spine and limbs further balance and easier movement.
Session one – Balance the pelvic girdle, hips, feet and legs. Work with movement of the spinal curves.
Session two – Concentrates on balancing the shoulder girdle over the ribcage and the ribcage over the pelvis. Works with seated postures to explore hip and and spinal mobility.
Session three – Concentrates on the head, neck and spine. Explores seated postures to ground the legs and float the spine.
Do I really need 12 sessions?
The 3 Series is better suited to those who have gone through the Structural Integration series, which is the 12 session format, as post series work. The 12 series is designed to open the body from the superficial tissues to the deep tissues and joints of the body. More can be achieved and in a way that the body is able to make sense of and maintain.
Uncertain whether Structural Integration is right for you?
I include a complimentary consultation for Structural Integration as part of your first visit. I also offer a free short bodyreading appointment if you would like to know more about Structural Integration and how it can help you. I am happy to arrange a short appointment for you so we can discuss how Structural Integration can help you if you are interested and would like to find out more.
You can also take the first three sessions before you decide to commit to the full series, as this will enable you to make an informed decision whether to continue.
Non-series sessions are available as Integrative Bodywork. It focuses on assessing and treating musculoskeletal conditions and aids in the rehabilitation and prevention of injuries and pain. It is ideal for those with local problems, who do not currently have the commitment required for a Structural Integration Series.
Before, During Pregnancy and Post-Natal
Starting pregnancy with a more balanced foundation will provide sound support at a time when the body is placed under big postural stressors. A series of treatments can avert or reduce many potential structural discomforts often experienced during pregnancy due to poor alignment. These include back pain, hip joint pain, pubic pain, cramps, sciatica and breathlessness.
The standard series of 12 treatments is not appropriate once a pregnancy has begun. However, S.I techniques and movement education can still assist a pregnant woman to adapt to a changing structure and provide relief from discomforts resulting from structural changes.
A series of sessions after pregnancy can assist a woman in restoring her alignment, grace and comfort. Structural changes resulting from pregnancy and childbirth can establish lifelong patterns of chronic discomfort. Hours spent breast feeding can further cause shoulder, neck and back discomfort. Structural Integration helps to re-stabilise the pelvis and spine to rebalance the body. In addition, a more aligned body uses less energy to move through the world and may help a woman make peace with her body after such a life-altering event.