Anatomy Trains Structural Integration (ATSI) was developed from the pioneering work of Dr. Ida P. Rolf by Tom Myers. ATSI consists of a 12 session series of bodywork, each of which follows a different map of the fascial planes, or muscular and fascial relationships in the body. We progressively work through the body, going from superficial to deep and back. This process has a beginning and end. It is not ongoing therapy.
Why Structural Integration
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Benefits of Structural Integration
Increased range of motion
Increased athletic performance
Feeling more at home in your body
Improved body awareness
Less injury prone
Less aches and pains
The first session is where we get to know each other, establish a starting point, and talk about goals for the series. The first session deals with differentiating the superficial fascia and muscles on the front of the body.
In the third session, we continue the superficial work by opening the sides of the body head to heel. After the third session is a great place to stop if you're interested in trying out structural integration work without committing to all 12.
The fifth session is where we go deeper into the core from the feet up. We address the balance of the arches, knee alignment, and contact the pelvic floor through fascial continuities. This session aims to find a solid foundation in our pelvis with ease.
In session seven, we address spinal alignment with the deep core foundation from session five and six. Our aim is ease through the balancing of spinal curvature in three dimensions. The sacrum and balance of tension in the hips is also addressed in this session.
Session nine is the first integration session. This is where we look at your walking mechanics, including movement in the pelvis and joint alignment. The aim is ease and efficiency through coordination.
Session eleven is focused solely on the arms. By opening the sleeve of the arm, we address compensations in the neck, head, and torso. The goal is lightness and freedom in the shoulders and arms.
We continue discussing goals and exploring the level of touch needed for change in your body. The second session is where we continue differentiating superficial fascia and muscles, but this time we focus on the back of the body.
The fourth session is the last of the superficial sessions where we address the relationships and coordination between the left and right sides of the body. This can be destabilizing because of how much we depend on our dominant side.
Session six is the second core session in the series. We continue building and balancing your foundation from the pelvis up. The session aims to create space and freedom through the abdomen and torso for easier breathing.
The eight session is where we finally address the head and neck. We use the foundation built in the last three sessions to find alignment and ease. Because your muscles now have the ability to be "on-line", you may find the ability to let go of familiar neck, jaw, and face strain.
Session ten focuses on integrating relaxed and efficiency breathing over the structure from session nine. The aim is to alleviate any areas restricting ease in breathing in three dimensions.
The last session is where we bring it all together by balancing all the work done in the last eleven session. The body will continue to grow and adapt to your new alignment for the next year or so.
What Our Clients Say
Tom Myers Explains Structural Integration
Rock is amazing. He is so incredibly knowledgable about the body, and not only did amazing structural integration work for me, but also taught me so much about the fascial network of the body. His work has had lasting profound effects on my posture and wellbeing - I'm feeling more strength and stability in my feet, my hips are more aligned, and I just feel more grounded. Highly recommend!