Of the ten structural integration massage sessions, the very first one is called the breathing session. This suggests the importance of breathing to all aspects of overall wellness. In this first session of structural integration massage therapy we work with many of the muscles involved with breathing including the abdominals,
What Science Says About Exercise and Staying Young
There’s a great article out in the New York Times at the moment highlighting some new research on the effects of regular exercise on aspects of aging. Specifically, they share findings on the effects of regular exercise on immune system function and muscle health. Inspiration While no one can predict
A Few Ideas to Keep Moving in the Winter
As winter drags on and early spring still presents some chilly weather, it can be hard to stay motivated to fit movement into our week. There are lots of ways that might work for you to keep a little movement in even the worst winter days. Keep it Simple You
Reconnect To Healthy Breathing
How often do you give any thought to your breathing? How is your breathing? Do you know? Are you aware of it? Thankfully, we don’t have to be consciously aware of our breath on a moment by moment basis, because we can only survive for six minutes without breathing. Our
Five Obtainable Health-Related Goals for the New Year
If you are anything like me, then you already have more projects, commitments, and plans than you could possibly complete in a lifetime. There’s so much to do and explore out there. I try to squeeze it all in so that I don’t miss anything! When it comes to goals
Massage Therapy Can Give You More Energy This Holiday Season
“It [structural integration massage therapy] is a physical method for producing better human functioning by aligning units of the body. Invariably, in matter, appropriate order is more economical of energy than disorder. Therefore, as man becomes aware of himself as a more patterned structure, he feels himself revitalized.” -Ida P.
Yoga and Massage for Hiking…Yoga and Massage in the Wild
Nearly every summer my partner and I venture off into the woods for a backpacking trip. It’s a great way to experience the quiet and beauty of the outdoors. We appreciate the feeling of aliveness that we experience from full days of movement. The break from city lights and flurry
Postural Patterns: Where Do They Come From?
Where are your postural patterns? What do you notice about the postural patterns or patterns of structure in your body? Do you have one side that feels like the “dominant side”? We almost all do. Are you “right-handed” or “left-handed”? Do you prefer to kick a soccer ball with your
Structural Integration Massage Method: How Does it Work?
In my last post, I deconstructed the “structure” in the structural integration massage method using the tensegrity model. Remember, one way to understand how we hold structure in space is by thinking of our skeletal system as the steel rods or beams in a structure like a bridge, and our
Tensegrity Model: Understanding the “Structure” in Structural Integration Massage
What is structure? How are you held up in space?…and what does any of that have to do with massage? Do you feel light and move through the world with ease? Or do you feel like you are efforting to hold your head and sit up? In either case, why?