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Structural Integration (Rolf Massage) in Chicago

Rolfing, or structural integration is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body. Structural Integration also releases the body from lifelong patterns of stress and tissue adhesions, tension, and bracing.

Structural Integration is accomplished by deep slow, fascial & myofascial manipulation coupled with movement re-education. It is also often called myofascial release, and it aims to unwind the strain patterns residing in the body’s myofascial system, restoring it to its natural balance, alignment, length, and ease. If you would like to schedule a myofascial release massage in Chicago, then contact one of the Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Injury Centers locations to set up an appointment.

What is Structural Integration and how does it complement Chiropractic care?

Structural Integration works to achieve a balance of tensional strains of connective tissue (muscle, ligament, tendon) and creates space by using slowly applied pressure to reposition the soft tissue allowing bones to fall back into their natural relationships, optimizing joint motility and thus allowing improvement in bone alignment. In most cases, Myofascial release at our Chicago offices, coupled with Chiropractic care can be highly effective.

How does Structural Integration work?

It is believed that gravity and traumas over time break down the body’s postural alignment and throw the body’s main segments out of alignment from its center of gravity causing pain, limited range of motion, and loss of overall function. The work uses tissue manipulation techniques that re-educate the patterns in the soft tissue that hold the bone structure upright in gravity.

The technique releases patterns of stress that impair function through touch and movement techniques to allow the fascia to slowly elongate and realign in the proper plane of motion while resetting at a pain-free functional range of motion.

The after-effect of a session, when you stand up off the table, is that gravity will re-align the body and keep it held in a more effortless upright posture. Structural Integration professionals understand the relationships that exist between regions of the body and know how to work methodically on a deeper more intrinsic level to bring about lasting change. The technique was influenced by a combination of Chiropractic, Yoga, Osteopathy, and the Alexander technique.

What does Structural Integration bodywork feel like?

Generally, Structural Integration bodywork feels like slow, applied pressure, similar to deep tissue or myofascial release therapy. Sensations typically range from pleasurable to a deeper feeling of release, depending on factors such as past injuries and chronic stress in the afflicted area that can be either physical or emotionally related.

Clients report a sense of lightness, awareness, and better balance. Movement feels easier and more resourceful. Feelings of well-being reflect the body’s higher energy level. Chronic pain or discomfort often disappears rapidly throughout the sessions or soon after.

How many sessions are typically needed until the series is complete?

Treatments can include single spot or targeted sessions to address a specific region or a series of 10 sessions designed to correct poor posture and optimize overall biomechanical body function.

Who can benefit from Structural Integration bodywork/Structural Integration?

Generally, anyone who wants to get the highest level of performance out of their body, relieve chronic pain, and correct bad posture are great candidates for Structural Integration bodywork. Professional and Olympic athletes of all types have found that their bodies recover faster from an intense workout, gain more flexibility, and increase their range of motion in all the joints, to improve form and gain the edge they need to perform at their best.

If you want to benefit from structural integration as well, then contact the best myofascial release therapists in Chicago today!

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