What type of structural integration practitioner are you?
I became a certified Zentherapy® SI practitioner in 1986. A 10-session approach, The ‘Zen’ in Zentherapy® refers to early Rolfer William Leigh’s devotion to Zen Buddhism, and the influence of his Roshi’s teachings. Zentherapy’s® ideal is a practitioner with the clarity of a monk, and the sword like accuracy of a Samurai. Bodywork is no different (for client or practitioner) than the Zazen (meditation) cushion. (http://www.zentherapy.org/index.html)
Certified in 2007 as an Anatomy Trains SI practitioner, I have been trained to utilize Tom Myers’ innovative and revolutionary Anatomy Trains principles in assessing, manipulating and integrating structure. Kinesis Myofascial Integration draws upon the influences of Ida Rolf and her 10-session series, furthering the work by adding the benefit of the ‘myofascial continuities’ perspective, and an extra two sessions; one to address rotations created by the ‘spiral line’ and one to better integrate the arms.
I have heard the sessions can be painful
Often the release of stuck or over-stressed fascia can be accompanied by mild to strong sensation. It can be described as heat, burning or the sensation of ‘already being bruised,’ as the fascia is stretched and freed. Pain is largely composed fear. Being afraid that one might feel pain causes a myriad of subtle guarding responses, thus making the practitioner’s touch feel more intense. The first thing we do when we are afraid is to hold our breath because fear commands, ”Freeze! You are in danger!” It is precisely this mistaken sense of danger while under the practitioner’s hands that makes pain so painful. It is a vicious cycle. Using your breath fully will allow you to stay aware of my hands and the letting go process. I recommend that you pay open attention to the actual quality of the sensation you experience while on the table without preconception that it is going to be intense. When you can pay attention in this way the fascia will actually change quite quickly and the unpleasant sensation will fade away as if by magic. Stay in communication with me about what you are feeling, so I can match you with care. Give me feedback so that my pressure keeps you in a manageable range. Trust yourself. Know that people don’t often engage something that they aren’t ready to process.
Your Structural Integration series will take 12 sessions to complete. It is recommended that you schedule a weekly session, so that you can experience the entire series as a coherent whole. Sessions may be scheduled further apart, but greatest benefit will result from once-a-week work. The sessions last an hour and a half to two hours at a rate of $160 per session. The length of the sessions is designed to allow time not only for hands-on bodywork, but also time for you to get up from the table, move around and feel the changes that are taking place, and for you and your practitioner to work with movement patterns, postural cueing and small bits of homework offered between sessions. Your alignment will be assessed in standing position at least once during each session, and you will be photographed before, during and after the series. Sometimes it takes time to get used to being studied visually, but know that it is only the relationship of your segments that is being scrutinized. You therefore will need to wear briefs during the bodywork (swimsuit or bra/panties for women, and briefs or shorts for men.)