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It’s the fascia that crosses joints, not the muscles. Fascia envelopes cross joints. Joints become the red flags; they tell you if and how something is wrong. You have to look for relationship, not only of joints, but within all of the mesodermal tissue. This will give you a more inclusive picture of what is going on in a body than if you look only at the muscles. –Dr. Ida P. Rolf
Structural Integration is based on the work of Dr. Ida P. Rolf*, which she started to develop in the 1920’s. It is a combination of myofascial techniques and movement education that affects posture and function of the body to restore it to it’s natural state of alignment and balance. This is accomplished by lengthening, restoring, and reorganizing the fascia, which is the connective tissue matrix of the human body that surrounds muscle, bones, and internal organs, giving them strength and shape.
The work is done mainly on a massage table and a Rolf™ bench with clients dressed in shorts, and for females, a tubetop, sports bra, or a two-piece bathing suit. A postural assessment is done to help determine where the work would be most beneficial for the structural integrity of the body. This work is very different than traditional massage. No oil is used, and active movements by the client are combined with hands-on myofascial work. The goal is to combine soft tissue manipulation and client movements to restore the body to its natural state of alignment and balance. SI has proven to be effective for many with chronic muscular pain, chronic muscle injuries, limited flexibility and range of motion and fibromyalgia.
Structural Integration With Magnus
Magnus Eklund is a board certified Structural Integrator (LMT 144, LA 6971) and offers private structural integration sessions at his Biloxi location. For more information about Magnus and his private SI sessions, please click here.
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