Structural Integration is performed in ten sessions. Each session is approximately one hour in length. It is preferable that the sessions are received one per week for ten weeks in a row. The ten sessions are administered progressively; each session builds upon the last until complete integration of the body is achieved.
The process of Structural Integration includes balancing the body in segments and achieving vertical alignment by balancing the body front to back, side to side, top to bottom, and inside to outside. At the beginning of the first session the client completes a health questionnaire and spends some time speaking with their practitioner about the goals and intentions as applied to their unique situation and structure. Male clients receive work in underwear or swimsuit, female in two piece swimsuits or bra and underwear. The practitioner will observe the client, how they stand, walk and other general movements. The client will participate in the session often being asked to breathe into the area being worked on or to make small, specific movements.
During the session the client may experience a warm, pleasant sensation from the area that the practitioner is working with. Some individuals do not experience any sensation while others may experience momentary discomfort. The practitioner will apply the appropriate pressure, based on the client’s needs and feedback. During most of the sessions the practitioner will help the client to become aware of habitual patterns of movement and imbalances in their body and will help them to work toward making changes in these patterns and in their daily life. After the basic ten series is complete a client usually allows a period of time for the body to adapt and fully integrate before scheduling additional work. The waiting period can be anywhere from one month to one year based on the client’s unique experience. After the waiting period the client can return for tune-up sessions or advanced sessions to further the process of integration.