You try to stand up straight but you can't. Perhaps you feel fine but do not want to look like your grandmother when you're older. We have a solution for you. Structural integration will permanently change your posture by realigning the muscles and tissue that make it difficult to maintain good posture.
Are you suffering from an injury?
We help people who have chronic pain or temporary discomfort from an injury or lifetime problem. Structural integration and other massage techniques at Posture will change the way your body feels and help you live the life you desire.
You will leave the office feeling better, with increased body awareness, and new knowledge about the body's connections.
We believe in body correction through massage. We offer a full range of therapeutic massages in Boston, Massachusetts and Stamford, Connecticut. We offer the following massage services:
Basic Ten Series of Structural Integration
Body Correction Deep Tissue Massage
Lymph Drainage Therapy
The Basic Ten Series of Structural Integration
There are ten sessions, each one building on the last.
Each session lasts seventy-five minutes and should ideally be scheduled once per week. Through clear communication between the practitioner and client, the client becomes aware of his/her body and the effects of the work. During each session the client is taught to understand what is happening to his/her body to fully comprehend the purpose, and to become aware of the results of each session.
Clients are shown specifically where their structural and functional imbalances are located and how to change habitual holding patterns.
They are also taught how to re-pattern their chronic holding patterns and inappropriate movements, and how to match functional integration with structural integration. As a result the client is able to keep the beneficial effects of the ten-session system, continue to improve long after the ten sessions are complete, and assume responsibility for his/her own health and well-being.
The Basic Ten Series of Structural Integration - Sessions
To create lift so the body can receive more oxygen. We are increasing vital capacity. We begin lifting the upper Body off of the pelvis preparing the body for the work to come.
To give the body a stable foundation by balancing the foot and muscles of the lower leg by addressing the knee, ankle, and foot.
To address the lateral line/sides of the body from ear to knee. Help the muscles that are supposed to be in the front be in the front and things that are supposed to be in the back are in the back.
Start the beginning sessions for the "core" work. The inner leg from the arch of the foot to the bottom of the pelvis is addressed. This helps the legs look good too!
This session addresses the main hip flexors and to make the pelvis horizontal.
Lengthen the backside from heels to the head.
Head and neck are the focus to bring it over the shoulders.
Session Eight & Nine
Balancing sessions. The shoulder girdle or pelvic girdle will get worked on again here.
Here, we put the finishing touches on the body. We will address the whole body and show how the whole body is connected.
The Basic Ten Series of Structural Integration - FAQ
What should I wear?
The ideal attire worn during the sessions for women is a two piece bathing suit, or if desired, loose short running shorts and a sports bra. For men, loose running shorts. Awareness is an important aspect of the client's experience and is emphasized throughout the Structural Integration process.
What are the effects of structural integration?
Structural integration restores your muscles to how they should naturally be, and Julie gives you guidance on how to continue to improve your body's alignment. The cumulative nature of the series makes it a truly educational and life-changing experience.
Why Choose Us?
Better posture and alignment of your body
Effects that are permanent
Certified massage therapist
Full range of services for every need
Improved ability to handle life's changes with ease
Four years ago I sustained back-to-back injuries to my pelvis and sacrum. I was concerned that I would always favor my "broken side" that left me feeling bent, pinched, sad and super weak-all feelings a full-time ski bum would like to avoid at all costs. Julie was very confident when she told me that she could fix me, and that is exactly what happened. Structural integration changed my life! The quick results I experienced helped me to know that I could bounce back. Since then I have continued to ski, and with Julie's help, I feel tall and straight.
Structural Integration, Any Therapeutic Massage, Cranial Sacral Therapy.
Structural Integration, 60 minute Sessions, Education during sessions.
CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your health.
It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.
Few body structures have more influence over your health and well-being than your central nervous system.
And few body systems have more impact on your central nervous system than the craniosacral system – the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord.
Every day you endure stresses and strains and your body absorbs them.
But your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the brain and spinalcord. Unfortunately, this can compromise the function of the central nervous system – and the performance of nearly every other system in the body.
CranioSacral Therapy releases those tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct.
Using a gentle touch – starting with about the weight of a nickel – practitioners evaluate your internal environment. Then they use distinctive light-touch techniques to release any restrictions they find.
By freeing the Central Nervous System to perform at its best
CranioSacral Therapy naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to disease and enhances yo r health. And because it's so gentle, CranioSacral Therapy can be effective for all ages, from newborns to elders.
What Conditions Does CranioSacral Therapy address?
CranioSacral Therapy improves your body's ability to take better care of you. It addresses the nervous system, muscular system, and brain and helps relieve a full spectrum of pain, illness, and dysfunction, including:
Migraines and headaches
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
Infant and Childhood Disorders
Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Central Nervous System Disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Depression and Anxiety
What can I expect from a session?
A typical CranioSacral Therapy session takes place on a massage table while fully clothed.
Your therapist begins by gently touching parts of the body to monitor the rhythm of the fluid that is flowing around your central nervous system.
By carefully listening with the hands to locate areas of weak fluid flow or tissue motion
your therapist can trace those areas of weakness through the body to the original source of dysfunction.
Delicate manual techniques are then used to release those problems and improve the form and function of your nervous system.
CranioSacral Therapy sessions can last up to an hour or more. It can be used alone or integrated with other therapies to create more powerful effects.
What you experience from your own session is highly individual.
The sessions are generally deeply relaxing, creating feelings of warmth or gentle pulsing in the areas the therapist is working on.
The Importance of Lymph Drainage For Good Health
The proper functioning of the lymphatic system
The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body's ability to drain fluids, detoxify, regenerate tissues, filter out toxins and foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system. It's a complex system comprised primarily of lymph vessels and nodes working in cooperation to accomplish these tasks.
Unlike the circulatory system
Which uses the pumping of the heart to circulate its blood flow, lymph vessels rely upon hundreds of tiny muscular units (lymphangions) contracting throughout the body to propel the lymph. These contractions enable the lymph vessels to transport numerous substances (i.e., proteins, toxins, hormones, fatty acids, immmune cells) to the lymph nodes, which can then process them. The action of these muscular units can be hindered or stopped, however, due to fatigue, stress, lack of physical activity, emotional shock, cold temperatures, infections, substantial swelling, age, chemicals or food additives. When the lymph circulation stagnates, fluids, proteins, cells and toxins accumulate and cellular functioning is significantly compromised. This opens the way to many physical ailments and may hasten the aging process.
How Lymph Drainage Therapy is Performed
The LDT process involves the use of subtle manual maneuvers to aid in the recirculation of the lymphatic flow.
Specifically, the therapist works with flat hands, using all the fingers to stimulate wavelike movements. The pressure applied is generally around five grams, or the equivalent weight of a nickel. Using this technique, trained therapists are able to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth, and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body. From there, they can use their hands to perform Manual Lymphatic Mapping (MLM) of the vessels to assess overall lymphatic circulation and determine the best alternate pathways for draining lymph and other body fluids.
The Benefits of Lymph Drainage Therapy
Due to the nature and role of the lymphatic system, LDT can prove beneficial in the correction of numerous conditions, as well as a useful tool in preventive health maintenance. This is why you'll find a wide range of practitioners using LDT. Among them are medical doctors, osteopathic physicians, doctors of chiropractic, dentists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, lymphedema specialists, massage therapists, bodyworkers, and estheticians. In essence, Lymph Drainage Therapy works to recirculate lymphatic flow, activate fluid circulation, and stimulate the functioning of the immune system and parasympathetic nervous system. It is shown that when these actions are accomplished, the results may be:
Reduction in edemas (swelling) and lymphedemas of many origins
Relief of chronic and subacute inflammation and conditions such as sinusitis, acne, eczema, and allergies
Immune system stimulation for preventive and therapeutic effects
Regeneration of tissue from burns and scars (pre- and postsurgical)
Detoxification of the body
Relief of chronic pain
Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, depression, stress, loss of vitality, and loss of memory
Antispastic actions to relieve conditions such as voluntary or involuntary muscle hypertonus
Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue
Advanced technique for fascia, viscera and joints
disclaimer:pricing and availability subject to change.
At Posture, we perform therapeutic massages and structural integration. If you are looking to improve your posture, break free from pain, and receive a deep tissue massage, then Posture is the place for you. Our bodies are continually changing. Injuries, accidents, illnesses, and emotional stress all take their toll on our body. Structural integration restores your muscles to how they should naturally be.