Structural Integration (SI) Introduction

Introduction: Structural Integration (SI)

by Heidi Van Etten, LMT

Structural Integration (SI) I have wanted to do the Structural Integration sessions for a long, long time. As a massage therapist, I was introduced to Structural Integration (SI) in massage school as our deep tissue program was based on the Beginning Elements of SI. I was fascinated by what can be accomplished by lengthening and aligning the body. I have recommended that many of my clients have the sessions done – and when I have seen the results, they were fantastic.

Unfortunately, Structural can be expensive and in some areas it can be difficult to find a reputable person to work with. Massage therapists need to be specifically trained in either Structural Integration after massage school, or go to the Rolf Institute.

As my husband was stationed around the country with the army, I followed. Whenever we were stable and found someone I could work with, I couldn’t afford it, and when we could afford it, we were usually moving or into deployments (single parent/army wife mode). I always kept in my head that the right time would come. The last couple of years, I have struggled with injuries and medical problems that have become significantly worse as time has gone on. I want readers to understand that SI is only one of a number of things I’m doing to improve my body and overall health.

Lucky for me, I have known Nicole of Ogden Massage and Bodywork for a couple of years, and I’m lucky enough to work with her. Even before beginning SI, we have worked through some problems with my knees so that I can begin running again. My goal is to do a half marathon.

Finally, it is my time to work through the SI sessions and I’m so excited. So as I go through the sessions, we will document my progress so that readers interested in SI can have a clear idea of what can be accomplished and what the sessions are really like.

Read: Structural Integration Session #1

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