Category Archives: Body work

Thoughts on integration from David Davis

I studied with David Davis when he used to teach at the Guild for Structural Integration. He is a gifted practitioner and instructor. Here, he talks briefly about integration, gravity and its effects in the body.

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5 exercises for your core

A strong set of core muscles in your torso helps keep your back happy and allows you to do the movements and chores of daily living. I’ve written before about the importance of the transversus abdominus muscle as a key to your core support.

Many people can benefit from core work – such as office workers, nbackpain-1944329__340ew moms, and athletes. For example, I discovered that I could do certain yoga poses better after I took up Pilates. I thought I wasn’t flexible enough but it turns out I wasn’t strong enough.

This set of exercises recommended by coach Timothy Bell will help build your foundation for balanced core support and strength.

5 Fundamental Core and Abdominal Exercises for Beginners

The skin and brain

A client asked recently about people unexpectedly experiencing strong emotions while receiving bodywork.

Why would strong emotions occur during a session of bodywork? One explanation is because of how your skin and brain are connected. When an embryo nih-braindevelops, it has three layers. The skin, brain and nerves all develop from the same layer – the ectoderm. These systems remain interconnected throughout life. Manual therapy such as SI affects your neuromuscular system. Nerves in your skin, muscles and connective tissue carry information to your brain. The limbic system in your brain contains the structures that regulate your emotions and form memories. It’s a back-and-forth conversation in the body.

In addition to manual therapy such as SI, exercise like running, yoga or lifting weights can also trigger such emotional releases. Ideas on why emotional releases occur during exercise include how brain chemicals like brain-derived neurotrophic factor are affected  by a workout, or how amino acids called peptides flow through your body.

To learn more:
The Endless Web: Fascial Anatomy and Physical Reality by R. Louis Schultz and Rosemary Feitis

Experience Life article: Laugh, Cry Lift

What makes Structural Integration different from other bodywork?

With many types of bodywork, the therapist puts their hands on tissue and does something to it. What makes the Rolf Method of Structural Integration (SI) different from various kinds of massage therapies? Ida Rolf thought SI worked directly on the body’s fascia. Modern research indicates that the action is more indirect – changes in the body from manual therapy like SI are from its interaction with the neuro-muscular system.

SI works with the nervous system and connective tissue to modify the nervous system’s  outputs to reset tension allow muscles to soften and lengthen. Additionally, the process of SI considers how you use your body in your daily activities and how the patterns developed over time affect tension and movement. SI works with the body’s whole structure. The 10-series covers all the major body segments so that the interconnected system of fascia is fully addressed.

 

 

 

Concussions and whiplash

Have you ever hit your head or been in a car crash? Bodywork can help you feel better. I recently completed a workshop on improving the symptoms of concussion and whiplash with craniosacral therapy. This gentle technique offers powerful relief! Once cleared by your doctor (generally, at least a month after a head injury), come in for a session.

After a head injury, it’s important to be evaluated for concussion and allow time for your brain to heal properly. Symptoms after a concussion range from obvious to subtle. A person with a concussion may black out or may only feel “off.” For some people, even a minor-seeming accident can result in longer-term issues like sensitivity to light and noise or brain fog. 	HEADS UP Parents - Get a HEADS UP on Concussion

To learn more about concussion and its treatment, visit the US Centers for Disease Control’s Heads Up program which contains good information about concussions for parents and coaches.

Hands and Feet

feetIf you struggle with nagging problems like plantar fasciitis or pain in your hands or arms, consider scheduling a session with Barbara. Sometimes, home care and stretching are not quite enough to resolve these chronic conditions. Bodywork can make the difference and provide the relief you are looking for.

palmBarbara says, “Using a combination of techniques from structural integration and cranio-sacral therapy, I help ease clients’ discomfort so they can get back to doing their normal activities. I have had clients return to running or be able to walk extensively at  conferences and on vacation. Clients find that typing and crafts are tolerable again.”

 

Rate increase

Dear Valued Clients –
This summer, it came to my attention that my session rates are well below what many other practitioners in the metro area currently charge. My own practitioner now charges $150 for a 60-minute session. After long consideration, I have decided to increase my fees. My last rate increase was 2011.

However, I know that cost is a significant consideration for some of you. If the higher costs listed below would be a barrier for you to receive work from me, please let me know. I am willing to be flexible! I would far rather see you at lower prices than for you not to come in when you need SI body work.

Thank you for your business; I am always grateful and delighted to work with you.
Best Regards,
Barbara

Fees effective August 1, 2016

60-minute session: $85
90-minute session: $125
Ten-series package: $1,125

Student & Senior (65+) discounts
60-minute session: $75
90-minutes session: $110