“Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen”
– Shakti Gawain
Treatment Overview & Commonly Asked Questions
Structural Integration vs. Massage
As a massage therapist licensed in New York State, I’m well aware of how bodywork and Structural Integration differ from massage. Basically, bodywork and Structural Integration are meant to realign the bodies fascia (the glue that holds us together and is wrapped around our muscles and bones) just as a chiropractor adjusts the spine. Fascia is how our body parts attach to our skeleton. The work is not intended for medical purposes but can be used to address the root cause of your pain.
Structural Integration focuses on body awareness, structural patterns and posture for optimal function to let you move more smoothly and live a more active life here in Amherst, NY.
Massage is a means of relieving stress or creating a more relaxed state of mind and body. Medical massage gets down to the muscles and the related areas that are causing your problems. In combination with structural bodywork, medical massage makes your pain relief last longer as your “new body” has more adaptability.
What are the SB-3 and 12 Series
and How do They Work?
The SB-3 series sessions are a collaborative process between the practitioner and the client to unwind the bodies soft tissue.
The series process begins with a fairly extensive interview about your health history and current habits.
- Session 1- Balancing the lower limbs and pelvis, enhance awareness and postural patterns in these areas.
- Session 2- Open the breath via ribs and abdominals and balancing the shouders on the rib cage
- Session 3- Connect the pelvis and shoulders via the spine to ease balance and fluid movement in the spine, again to enhance awareness of postural patterns.
- Sessions 1-12- These sessions go into further and more in depth look at the body in it’s 3 dimensional fashion. The 12 series is intended to fully reset the bodies fascia without leaving out sections of the body that we can not get to in the 3 series. You can look at the 3 series as the sparks notes version so to speak of the 12 series. The 3 series is testing out the waters of what the 12 series has to offer in a more detailed view.
What Should I Wear for My Sessions?
For traditional massage, you come as you are and will undress to your level of comfort. You will be covered the entire time except for the the areas being worked. Proper draping will be used the entire session.
SB-3 and 12 series are conducted in bra and underwear or a two piece bathing suit for women and men in boxers or briefs. Your practitioner will need to observe you standing and sometimes walking or performing simple tasks before starting
a session to most accurately assess the body. This will give the best results for the session. All massage and bodywork sessions are conducted in my Amherst, NY location.
***PLEASE AVOID applying lotions or oils as it disrupts the techniques for the session.
You Don't Have to Live with Pain
My bodywork + massage studio is conveniently located just outside of Buffalo in the beautiful suburb of Amherst, N.Y.
Over the last fourteen years that I’ve been practicing as a massage therapist, I have been able to help scores of people overcome chronic pain, relieve tightness, regain a full range of movement and improve their overall wellness by utilizing Structural Bodywork and Deep Tissue Massage. I am in fact the only Anatomy Trains Structural Integrator in Buffalo, NY.
Many of my clients have been able to find relief from problems caused by past surgery, a car crash, sports injury, repetitive movements at work, or undiagnosed issues, even when other treatments have not worked. One of the principals I follow is to treat the underlying issues rather than just the symptoms in order to achieve a more productive and longer lasting outcome. Click on the button below for more detailed information on the services I provide.
Images of Fascia & Results of Bodywork
Have a Question?
Call Jo’Ann at 716.949.2810 or send a message.