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There are some conditions that would require caution and even be prohibitive to receiving Structural Integration work. Clients who have unique medical circumstances are encouraged to speak to their doctor to find out if deep tissue manipulation will support their wellness. The following conditions would warrant caution, so please let me know know if you have:
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Bipolar disorder (manic – depressive)
- Bone fractures or acute soft tissue injuries
- Cerebral Palsy
- Cortisone treatments
- Embolism or Thrombus
- Heart conditions
- High blood pressure (extreme)
- Inflammatory conditions (tendonitis, bursitis)
- Infectious conditions (HIV)
- Pain medication use
- Surgery, Scar tissue
- Varicose veins
Like most other forms of bodywork, the amount of pain experienced during a session is in relation to the condition in which the client’s body is at the moment of the session. There might be shortened fascia that is more sensitive to the work. It also depends of what kind of tissue your body has (cartilaginous vs elastin). In any case, you may communicate any uncomfortable sensation during your session to your practitioner and work together.
How often you receive your sessions depends mostly on how fast you can integrate. Ideally, you want to process and settle into the last session you did. Some people are very self aware of what’s going on in their bodies, while for others will take a little longer. I’ve worked with clients that, because of limited time, had to do daily sessions, sometimes even two sessions in one day, and still benefited from the work.
I would recommend between 1 and 2 sessions a week and to not wait longer than one to two months in between each session. Give or take.
After completion of your initial series, tune-up sessions help to refresh the effects of SI. Tune up sessions are recommended every 3-6 months, whenever problems seem like they are becoming chronic, or when the impact of injury or illness does not seem to be resolving on its own.
After completing the series, your body will continue to readjust for a few months. The Tune up sessions help to refine the integration to the work. Tune up sessions are recommended every 3 to 12 months.
In the event of chronic issues, when the impact of an injury or illness does not seem to resolve on its own or in the case of professional athletes wishing to maintain or improve their performance level, it is advisable to do Tune up sessions more frequently.
There is no age limit to receive Structural Integration. Minors will need their parent’s or guardian’s consent.
The best Structural Integration practitioner for you is the person with whom you feel the most comfortable and connected. It would be a good idea to contact a few SI practitioners and talking with them to see who you would like to work with. Find someone who shares your hobbies, lifestyle and values so they will understand your goals for the SI process.
Although each practitioner has their own style to perform the work and each session will vary in some way depending on each client, the order of the sessions must be followed. The reason for this is because each session will open up an area in the body to make space for the next one.
Yes. After a SI session, your body changes. The work can undo holding patterns or compensations that need to be dealt with in order to align the body, this is particularly normal after the core sessions. It also happens that after finishing a SI session the body opens up and gets ready for the next session, which sometimes can be in the form of some discomfort.
These sensations normally fade away in a couple of days.
Most practitioners use some kind of wax to be able to ‘hook’ on the tissue while at the same time not damaging the skin by providing some level of lubrication. Oils or lotions cannot be used as they would make the skin too slippery and impossible to work on the tissue underneath.
I personally use a blend of organic bee’s wax and olive oil. Sometimes in very hot conditions I would use water instead or as a complement.