Structural Integration

Active Bodywork is the Sacramento specialist in helping people recover from sports or workplace injuries. Our team of experts understands the needs of athletes, helping them to regain lost performance, reduce pain, and reverse injuries sustained while pursuing active lifestyles. Our therapists are highly trained in a number of massage therapy techniques, giving you the premier care and outstanding results you desire.

One of our specialties at Active Bodywork in Sacramento is structural integration therapy, a time-honored therapeutic technique that can assist people with a variety of pain and injury symptoms. Structural Integration therapy is sometimes referred to as “Rolfing”. The technique was developed in the 1930s by Ida Pauline Rolf, and blends soft tissue massage with movement education to improve muscular function. Structural integration addresses the body as a whole, helping to balance muscle performance and improving alignment of the connective tissues and muscle fibers associated with movement.

What is Structural Integration?

As the premier structural integration practitioners in Sacramento and the surrounding communities, our therapy experts manipulate muscle fascia using hand pressure. This is a form of deep tissue massage, aligning myofascial fibers within the connective tissues surrounding muscles. Active and passive restraint of muscle motion helps the body to reprogram its efforts, improving function. This restraint technique is referred to as sensorimotor education, and assists the body in restoring balance, agility, and muscular performance. Postural and movement education focuses on the parts of the body that fall along the “gravity line”, representing gravitational forces that affect the upright posture of the human body. These body segments include the thorax, pelvis, knees, and feet, and by aligning them using muscle movements and deep tissue massage techniques, the activated muscle groups can then work together in harmony.

To perform structural integration therapy, the patient can be on a table or in a standing or sitting position. The therapists at Active Bodywork then apply manual force to the soft tissues, including muscle fibers and connective fascia. This manipulation tends to be more prolonged and with more pressure than other massage techniques. During the manipulation, the patient may be asked to perform certain slow movements as directed while pressure is being applied to areas of the body. Several sessions are usually conducted for maximum benefit from this innovative technique.

What Are the Benefits of Structural Integration?

Structural integration therapy treats the whole body rather than a specific location, helping to improve posture, regain lost range of motion, and increasing muscular performance after an injury. People receiving this form of massage therapy report improved neuromotor coordination, mechanical stress of the musculature, and a reduction of pain and fatigue. Structural integration therapists use this technique for the treatment of the chronic pain resulting from repetitive motion injuries, poor posture, and musculoskeletal damage from sports-related injuries.

The combination of deep tissue massage and movement education helps patients break postural or motion habits that are causing pain, reprogramming the muscles to reduce strain and discomfort. Active Bodywork therapists have many years of training in this therapeutic massage technique, helping clients lead pain-free, active lifestyles.