Do you feel there's more to bodywork is more of an art than a science?
The human body is complex and layered.
When we as bodyworkers work with our clients, it is impossible to truly isolate the work we do. When we affect one part, we affect the whole. By whole, I mean more than just the specific area we are working and also, more than just the physical body alone.
The human body is not linear.
A+B does not always equal C in our work. As an example, we cannot assume that because someone's low back hurts, it's due to their tight hamstrings. We cannot always approach the same issue in the same way, even in the same body! There is a myriad of reasons why someone's low back may be hurting, so how do we know where to start when someone shows up with this issue or any other issue for that matter?
Structural Integration is based on a philosophy that incorporates the idea of the complex, layered, and non-linear human body.
The philosophy behind Structural Integration gives you the tools to sort out where to start your work. When you learn SI, it's not as much about the techniques as it is about this philosophy that permeates the work. The main techniques that are taught in the Morales Method® Academy of Structural Integration, are gait analysis and palpation.
Learning how to form a strategy based on walking assessments, palpation, and the SI philosophy really stepped up my game as a practitioner. I was able to approach my clients in ways that were specific to their needs, rather than guessing where to go based off of previous experiences.
Structural Integration is an art and a philosophy first and foremost.
During my training, I began to view what I was learning similarly to the way I had viewed my martial arts training, as an art rather than a science. There was an ability to almost express myself through the work that I had not found in many other bodywork modalities. It drastically changed the way I viewed bodywork and how I approached my sessions. I found that it opened my mind to a whole new way of addressing the issues my clients were bringing to my table.
Check out the video below to hear more about how training in Structural Integration changed Sarah's perspective on bodywork.
A sneak peek into the world of SI.
Historically, it's been rather hard to get to peek behind the curtain of SI. I was fortunate to have a mentor trained in SI to give me insight and assure me that pursuing the commitment of training in SI was the right choice. But not all of us have this access.
Exploring if Structural Integration is right for you has become easier than ever!
Now that I have a school of Structural Integration, I am happy to have the opportunity to make this information more accessible to all. SI is a unique way of approaching bodywork and it isn't for everyone. I want to make sure you have the opportunity to see if this work resonates with you and the vision you have for your practice.