What should I wear to a Structural Integration session?

Our bodywork sessions are highly interactive and may involve standing, sitting, stretching, and walking. This type of work also requires direct access to the skin of the thighs, shoulders, abdomen, and back. A good guideline is to “dress for a Bikram Yoga class” under your street clothes.
Women: a sports bra or yoga tank and short/fitted yoga shorts, boyshorts, or similar.
Men: running shorts with a lining, boxer briefs, or similar.

What should I wear to a Thai Structural Bodywork session?

Stretchy, relaxed-fit workout pants, sweatpants, or shorts that cover the thighs and a short-sleeved t-shirt are recommended to be worn over the above attire.

How many sessions will I need?

This is a highly individual question that involves many factors, since each body is unique in its alignment, habitual movement patterns, and injury history. Depending on the types of issues we are addressing, and what level of relief you are seeking, you may need between 3-15 sessions to reach your goals. During your initial consultation and postural analysis we will be able to give you a more accurate estimate. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Computer programmers/office workers with wrist pain or nerve issues:
    3-5 sessions for lasting relief of symptoms

  • Yoga and Pilates practitioners, to improve your movement practice via bodywork:
    2-4 sessions to refine a few postures/exercises or overcome a plateau
    12 sessions to overhaul your alignment and dramatically progress your practice

  • Long-term chronic pain resulting from major injuries or surgeries:
    8-12+ sessions for long-term relief of symptoms, depending on the types of issues addressed, level of relief sought, and whether joint replacements, spinal fusions, etc., are involved

  • “Tune-up” or “Fix-it” sessions after minor injuries, outdoor pursuits, travel, etc.:
    1-3 sessions to restore your previous level of function

Is ATSI the same as Rolfing®?

No, but they are both forms of Structural Integration (SI). ATSI, Rolfing®, and Hellerwork are brand names used by graduates of specific schools of SI, who all practice fascia-based bodywork in the lineage of Dr. Ida P. Rolf and her ground-breaking, original method of manual therapy. Anatomy Trains Structural Integration (ATSI) is the only form of SI which fully integrates Thomas Myers’ visionary framework of Anatomy Trains myofascial meridians with traditional Structural Integration methods and techniques.

What are the mind-body benefits of Structural Integration?

While progressing through a series, clients often note that they begin to feel an increased sense of mental clarity or calmness. When one is in a chronic state of pain, it can take a tremendous amount of mental energy just to get through one’s day. As one’s body moves toward a state of structural balance, and pain-based distractions begin to fade away, one’s overall energy level increases. This can sometimes feel like a “weight has been lifted” or feeling generally “lighter”. If you wish to further cultivate this benefit after your series, we offer opportunities to explore individualized meditation practices (contemplation, mindfulness, yoga nidra, etc.) as a part of our Restorative Yoga offerings.

Can Structural Integration help me if I have Hypermobile Joints?

Yes! If you are extremely flexible but still feel tension and restriction in certain areas, we can help—without destabilizing your hypermobile areas. Marla has extensive experience working with joint hyperextension, ligament laxity, and hypermobility on a professional level as well as personally (she is hypermobile herself and has recovered successfully from a variety of joint and ligament injuries over the years).

Hypermobile clients generally have globally “overstretched” areas in combination with smaller points of extreme fascial restriction that pull the joints into hyperextension and put stress on the ligaments, as well as a higher degree of tension in the superficial fascia and cutaneous nerve systems overall. Practitioners who are inexperienced in dealing with hypermobility may overlook these details, since the fascial system of a hypermobile body distributes tension differently than that of the average client. By selectively releasing these often-overlooked, smaller structures and balancing tensional forces between the overstretched and over-tightened areas of the body, one can stabilize and re-align hypermobile joints so they are less likely to hyperextend during relaxed standing and active movement. Better alignment puts less stress on your joints and decreases pain symptoms. There are also specific Thai fascia-based techniques that can help stabilize the tissues surrounding the joints into more supportive alignment patterns.

In conjunction with simple corrective exercises and movement integration work to balance function in the deep postural muscles and local stabilizers surrounding the joints, this is a powerful recipe for relief. This combination of detail-oriented bodywork and neuromuscular re-education can help prevent future injuries and preserve the integrity of your joints and ligaments in the long-term.

Is there anything I should do after my session?

Going for a short, mindful walk immediately after your session, even if it’s only a lap around the block before you get in your car, is an excellent way to begin integrating the work you’ve just received. Taking an epsom salt bath in the evening can also be highly beneficial after deep bodywork or an intense workout. If you are given homework exercises at the end of your session, practicing them as instructed between visits will also greatly increase your progress and benefit the integration process.

Do you accept insurance?

Unfortunately, we do not accept insurance; all payments are due at time of service. However, we do accept FSA and HSA cards for bodywork sessions and offer detailed receipts with NPI number, Tax ID, etc. To be eligible for reimbursement for bodywork, most providers require a prescription or letter of medical necessity from your doctor that includes applicable diagnosis codes (ICD-10) along with a recommendation to evaluate and treat as needed with manual therapy and neuromuscular re-education. Check with your provider to determine eligibility under your plan. We are happy to work with you to provide the necessary documentation to submit your own claims, should you choose to do so.

How long is a Structural Integration session?

Our bodywork sessions are usually 75 or 90 minutes long. We find that giving you a little extra time for each session (compared to a customary 60 minute appointment) can greatly increase the rate of progress we are able to make toward your goals. We also offer 2-hour split sessions (60 minutes of Structural Integration followed immediately by 55 minutes of Movement Integration, Pilates, or Yoga) as an option for highly motivated, movement-oriented clients seeking to take their bodywork series to the next level.

Do I need to bring anything to a Movement session?

All props and equipment are provided during your session. Wear workout clothing that you feel comfortable in, but note that fitted clothing makes it easier to see details of alignment.
Pilates: Socks are optional; no zippers or large jewelry that may catch on the fitness equipment. We use a combination of Peak, Balanced Body, and Stott Pilates apparatus and accessories.
Yoga: Manduka Black Mat Pro 71” or 85” mats and Manduka eQua mat towels are available for use during your session. You are welcome to bring your own mat if you prefer to use a different brand.