MYOFASCIAL STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION
I practice Anatomy Trains Structural Integration. It is through these techniques, that my hands become my eyes and ears, allowing me to feel and see into the connective tissue and ultimately creating balance and equal gravity within the body system. In creating this state of natural harmony we can set the right conditions for fluid movement, breath, emotions and thoughts.
The design of ATSI is to unwind the strain patterns residing in your body’s locomotor system, restoring it to its natural balance, alignment, length, and ease. Common strain patterns come about from inefficient movement habits, and our body’s response to poorly designed cars, desks, telephones, and airplanes, etc. Individual strain patterns come from imitation when we are young, from the invasions of injury or surgery or birth, and from our body’s response to traumatic episodes. Beginning as a simple gesture of response, movements can become a neuromuscular habit.
The habitual movement forms one’s posture, and the posture requires changes in the structure – the body’s connective tissue ‘fabric’. In other words, a gesture becomes a habit becomes a posture and eventually lodges in our structure.
These changes are rarely for the better – anything that pulls us out of alignment means that gravity works on pulling us into more misalignment or increased tension to counteract the force. Compensation begets compensation, and more symptoms. ATSI is designed to unwind this process and reduce structural stress. The method depends on a unique property of the body’s connective tissue network.
Connective tissue is a remarkably versatile bit of biology. It forms every supportive tissue from the fluid blood to the solid bone, and a host of sheets, straps, and slings in between. The muscular tissue moves us around, but it works through the connective tissue fascia, tendons, and the ligaments at every turn, and it is the connective tissue complex that holds us in the shape we are in. When we are injured or stressed, no matter what the source, there is a neuromuscular response – usually involving some combination of contraction, retraction, immobility, and often rotation. These patterns put some muscles under strain (where they develop painful trigger points) and also pulls at this fascial fabric, requiring it to shift, thicken, glue itself to surrounding structures, and otherwise compensate for the excess sustained muscular holding.
Especially for chronic and long-held patterns, it is not enough to release the muscular holding, though that is definitely a good start. Freeing and repositioning the fascial fabric, along with re-integrating the movement patterns so that they stay easily in their proper positioning, is the job of ATSI. In this sense, ATSI could be seen as a companion to osteopathic or chiropractic care, but instead of thrusting the bones back into place, we adjust the fascial structure so that it stays in place – the new alignment simply becomes part of who you are, not something you have to work at or repeatedly see a practitioner to maintain.
Different to massage work, a structural Integrator focuses not just on the muscles but more their protective layer, called fascia (also known as connective tissue). Structural Integration works to lengthen, stretch, and soften this tissue to restore postural balance, ease of movement, and a feeling of being more at home in your own body.
This specific approach is practiced in an organized series of 12 sessions or individually designed to restore postural balance by aligning and integrating the body along it's myofascial lines, back into gravity.
Watch someone being treated - or better still actually experiencing it on your own body - and you will immediately understand why this method is also described as "gentle sculpturing of the body".
After just a few sessions, changes in the inner body feeling and in the everyday posture are usually obvious. Individual plans for homework in everyday life are offered to ensure that these changes are also permanent.
STEPS TO RECEIVE STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION
Structural Integration sessions are generally designed for people with posture imbalance, reduced mobility or reduced physical well-being. Structural Integration is particularly suitable for people who are in a state of chronic pain and discomfort. The pain is usually caused by an unbalanced posture due to gravity. In a treatment, we begin with the change at the origin of the problem.
FIRST CONSULTATION/SAMPLE MEETING
An initial consultation or trial session is recommended if you already have concrete ideas about ATSI, but also if you would like to find out what ATSI feels like. At the beginning, questions regarding your state of health and your expectations will be clarified in a conversation. This is followed by a manual treatment (approx. 80-90 min), which is adapted to your individual needs.
CONTACT AND BOOKING
Treatments can be booked directly through INTOKU YOGA THERAPY CENTRE in Zurich or direct through this site. My personal treatment space is fully equipped in the centre of Zurich. These private sessions can also be integrated into movement and body awareness exercises that can assist the integration process of this work.
PRICE PER SESSION OR PACKAGE
MYOFASCIAL STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION / ANATOMY TRAINS
STUDIO ZURICH PRICES
One session 90 minutes CHF 180.- VAT incl.
Three sessions 3x90 Minutes CHF 490.- VAT incl.
Twelve sessions 12x90 Minutes CHF 1980.- VAT incl.