Structural Integration is not about engineering or physics. It pertains to a therapy that helps the body align itself appropriately with gravity and achieve correct posture as well as the optimal functioning of a person’s body. Structural integration deals with the overall health and well-being of a person. It makes people aware of how their body structure influences the functions of their body and how aligning and reorienting the body in the right way enhances mind-body integration and curtails injury.
Structural Integration was invented by Dr. Ida P. Rolf. She found out that the presence of restricted tissue limits the ability of opposing muscles to function normally and autonomously. This simply means that the affected muscles and the surrounding connective tissues do not function optimally. She was able to find a way to better the function of the muscles by manipulating the connective tissue structure or “fascia.” This manipulation unwinds the tension in the fascia enabling the body to naturally adjust which jump starts a series of physiological effects that lead to the elimination of chronic physical, emotional and mental stress.
Very few people enjoy good structural integrity of their body. This is due to the resisting effects of gravity that makes it difficult for people to maintain a good upright posture. The daily dealing of the body with gravity results in poor body alignment that in turn causes poor health. Structural integration then is needed to correct the poor alignment of the body and make it more attuned to earth’s gravitational pull. This therapy optimizes the body’s musculoskeletal function helping the body to heal naturally and quickly.
Structural integration helps the body synch with gravity. It helps support and strengthens the body’s musculoskeletal system enabling it to function well which in turn improves the function of the internal organs especially the heart, kidneys and lungs. The overall result is a healthier and more balanced individual.
The greatest benefit of structural integration is its removal of tension and stress. When stress is minimized or removed the body produces more energy and becomes more impervious to injuries and infections. The body becomes lighter and the joints acquire their optimal range of motion.
Other benefits of structural integration include the diminution of chronic anxieties, worries and depression. When structural integration is performed on a person, the deep and latent stress elevates to the surface and escapes the body like hot steam. People may not realize just how much stress they internalize which can only be appreciated when they are all released from the body.
Structural integration works great in combination with osteopathic medicine. Osteopathic therapy also works to help the body free itself from unnatural restrictions which lead to the wellness of the person.