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Structural Integration: A whole-body approach to positive change

Heather Valentine

There is a crispness in the air and twilight comes too early. During this time, you may find yourself noticing aches and pains that were perhaps masked by the flurry of summer activity or wrestling with the reality that you weren't able to do as much as you had hoped or with the intensity that you had envisioned due to some injury or condition of life.

These cooler weather seasons are the perfect time to address those nagging issues that may be limiting you, but you struggle to find time to deal with. It is a time for healing and preparation, and Structural Integration can put you on the path toward that optimal Tahoe life.

Structural Integration offers a unique approach to improving overall body alignment and function that will allow you to move through your life with more efficiency and ease leading to fewer injuries and faster recovery.

Structural Integration was developed by Ida P Rolf. It is a systematic whole-body approach to better body alignment through reorganization of the connective tissue, or fascial, matrix found within the body. Connective tissue, or fascia, encompasses every bone, muscle, organ, blood vessel and nerve in our bodies in a web like fashion, connecting all aspects of our bodies together. Because of this connection, something that may occur in one area, like a sprained ankle, may have further reaching effects than what we realize.

There are obvious things that we do, such as compensating for an injury that may put our bodies out of balance. However, other ways that we exist and move through our daily lives, even without injury, can also affect the balance in our bodies. Movement patterns and the way in which our bodies respond to certain emotional stimuli affect our structure and can cause us to take on less than optimal alignment.

When we are out of alignment, gravity can start to have more negative effects as certain areas take on additional tension in order to keep us upright and moving forward. These compensations may show up in various places and in varying degrees — taking a whole body approach toward more optimal alignment ensures that each area of compensation is addressed and the probability for a more highly functioning form is increased.

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Benefits of Structural Integration include:

Release of chronic pain, tension, and stress

Increase flexibility and ease of movement

Improve posture

Improve balance

Reduce effort in activity

Increase energy

Improve body awareness

Enhance physical performance

Expand your sense of well being

To find out more about the process of Structural Integration, please visit my website at http://www.tahoebodyworks.com or call Elevate Wellness Center to schedule a consultation.

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