Developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf in the 1940s and fine-tuned by her at Esalen Institute in California and later in Boulder, Colorado, Structural Integration combines hands-on manipulation of the body with movement re-education. Whereas other forms of bodywork like massage focus on the manipulation of muscle tissue, Structural Integration focuses on the manipulation of the fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds the muscles.
Structural Integration aligns & balances the body by lengthening & repositioning the fascia. When restricted fascia is released, the muscles move more fluidly & efficiently, allowing the body to return to its aligned & balanced state. Structural Integration also provides body movement re-education, helping an individual to change the body's compensatory movement patterns that may contribute to tension, chronic pain, & misalignment in their body.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is the stretchy membranous webbing that surrounds and connects muscles, ligaments, tendons, organs, and bones. Fascia is so integral to our body's structure that it influences the way we breathe, stretch, walk, jump, and move. Every human activity is helped, or hindered, by the health of this connective tissue.
Fascia can become hardened and thickened by injury, accident, age or postural habits. The goal of structural integration is to release the fascia enough for muscles to relax and stretch, and for joints to reorganize themselves. Using gentle pressure at key points on the fascial layer, therapists manipulate the superficial fascia with their fingers, palms, and forearms to bring the release -and reliefthe body has been waiting for.
How Can I Benefit from Structural Integration?
Almost everyone can benefit from structural integration; many people who find their way into a session have "tried everything else" and no other therapy has successfully addressed their issues. Common conditions structural integration treats include:
- Chronic low back pain
- Chronic headaches
- Tight neck and shoulders
- Repetitive sports injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- TMJ syndrome
- ... and many others!
What do I wear?
Please wear something that you will be comfortable standing, walking, and moving around in. Gym shorts or boxer briefs for men, and yoga shorts and a sports bra for women are recommended.
Structural Integration Rates
|Outcall - 75 minutes|
Meet Melissa Rudick, Structural Integration/Massage
Melissa is a dual certified massage therapist and Structural Integration practitioner with 17 years of combined experience and has a degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State, with a focus in Biomechanics. During her studies and the years to follow, she worked as a practitioner with an osteopath and his team to rehabilitate patients with spine and joint injuries. In addition to S.I., she specializes in headaches, neck ailments, and neuromuscular disorders like multiple sclerosis. She suffered a neck and back injury herself that led her to this work. Melissa is an avid rock climber who moved to Austin in 2015.