What happens during my session?
Traditional massage is meant to be a passive experience with minimal participation from the client.
SB-3 series or 12 series, on the other hand, is a team effort between the practitioner and client. The client will be asked to stand during the session to help awareness of change.
You will get on and off a table and bench during your session. Also, you will be asked to perform movements such as bending, movement of arms and legs to increase effectiveness of the technique.
How does a session feel, will it hurt?
Traditional massage can be soothing or a deep tissue can feel uncomfortable at times but beneficial like an intense stretch. Soreness after a deep tissue is sometimes reported.
Structural Integration is meant to work progressively around the body from superficial to deep and back again. Please converse with you practitioner to find the right level of depth for you that allows the maximum value from each session consistent with your comfort and acceptance.
The idea is to achieve a balanced body. You may feel some stored pain or burning like sensations as it is released from the body especially in traumatized areas. Do not let the work go beyond pain tolerance and make sure to give honest feedback to help you.
I’ve heard the term “emotional release” what does that mean?
Traumatized tissue can also contain emotional pain. Although we are not practicing psychologists, your Structural Integrator has been trained to sensitively work with you around these releases as they relate to your body structure. These releases may be related to work during or between sessions.
It is not unusual to have odd feelings physical or emotional between sessions. Often, old long forgotten pains will resurface for short periods of time; this usually is a positive sign that the process of unwinding the body is underway.