Structural Bodywork focuses on the web of connective tissue - or fascia - that surrounds and connects all of the body's structures. Like muscles, fascia is subject to all sorts of stresses and strains as we go through life, leading to restrictions, postural imbalances and compensations, fatigue, and eventually pain. Working with the fascia can help to release long-held patterns of strain to restore postural alignment and bring about greater ease and flexibility of movement.
This approach moves away from 'single muscle' theory and incorporates the 'Anatomy Trains' concept developed by Thomas Myers - these 'Anatomy Trains' link indivdiual muscles into a series of functional complexes which work to stabilise, facilitate movement, and distribute tension throughout the whole body.
Structural Bodywork is delivered over three sessions initially, which build on each other to balance firstly the lower body, then the upper body, and finally the spine. Each session typically lasts around 90 minutes and starts with a postural assessment, followed by deep tissue work combined with active movement.
Working in this way is a great opportunity to view the body as a whole rather than addressing individual 'problem areas' - in fact bringing the body into more efficient alignment often addresses the underlying cause of many long-standing 'niggles'.
You can find out more about the body's 'interconnectedness' and the prinicple behind this approach in this video clip.