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Structural Integration
By Therese​ ​Hansen

Structural Integration (SI) comprises Myofascial Release techniques that have been systemised into a specially designed 12-series programme.

In Structural Integration, Myofascial Release techniques are applied as part of a systematic approach consisting of a specially designed 12-series programme. Each session has a specific aim and all the techniques used have their own particular purpose. The aim of the programme is to release the compensating factors that exist on a 4-dimensional level throughout the body (from the feet to the eyes). Layer by layer, from the outside to the inside, the delicate layers of connective tissue are hydrated. The aim is to achieve a better balanced body posture and freer movement, which is essential for our overall health.

In Structural Integration we work according to a special pattern in order to balance the pelvis in relation to the feet, the thorax in relation to the pelvis and the head in relation to the thorax, so that you are gradually re-programmed to find a new and more favourable point of balance. Structural Integration is not a “quick fix” treatment, but rather an educated balancing of the entire body structure. The idea is that you own every single session through your experiences with your practitioner. Gradually, through each session, your kinaesthetic sense will be awakened and your awareness will increase in relation to your own body and movement potential, so that your posture can be altered and maintained in a satisfactory manner.

The layers of connective tissue are gradually released in coherent lines, from the outside to the inside. In this way we «unpack» more recent and older compensations that have arisen as we grow up and become older. These compensations often prove to be the cause of muscular and skeletal problems. SI is recommended for those with chronic muscular and skeletal pain, as well as for those who want to increase their physical potential within sport or life in general. In particular, people above the age of 45 have a tendency to lose the flexibility in their muscles and experience that their range of movement is no longer the same as it once was. This is due to dehydration in the connective tissue layers. SI is an excellent way to rehydrate on a holistic level and bring back youthful flexibility.

12-series step by step

In the SI 12-series programme each session works on a different area and SI should therefore always be completed as a composite process over 12 sessions. In the first four sessions we work with the four outer lines, Superficial Front Line, Superficial Back Line, Lateral Line and Spiral Line. Here the connective tissue between the major muscle groups is hydrated in order to increase coherent mobility. In the fifth to seventh sessions we then work on stability in the deep lines, Deep Front Line and Deep Back Line. The deep structures have strong and dominating patterns that can result in reduced mobility and restrictions in body posture through several joints. A gait analysis that is carried out at every session is an elementary tool that reveals how the compensations affect the movement of the body between the feet and the head. In the eighth session we work specifically with the asymmetry of the jaw, cranium and face, while in the ninth session attention moves to the hands, lower and upper arms as well as shoulders. In this session, work is done on the arm lines and balancing of the shoulders in relation to the thorax. In the tenth to twelfth sessions all the lines are evaluated in relation to the functional lines, and specific areas are re-visited in order to make a final impact on the individual client’s most dominant features. Movement is integrated into the treatment.

Each session lasts approximately 75 minutes and an interval of 7-14 days is recommended between each session. This enables us to maintain continuity in the awareness process, which is important in order to achieve an optimal effect. Structural Integration can be seen as an educated balancing between touch and movement, which will provide a basic foundation for establishing a balanced and uncomplicated improvement to body posture.