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I am vaccinated and wear a mask during the sessions. There is a window that is cracked for negative pressure in the room. I have a HEPA filter running at all times. I clean and sanitize between clients.
If you have had contact with someone found positive for COVID-19 or if you have any of the symptoms, I will work with you to reschedule your appointment.
All types of people benefit from Structural Integration. Some come to ease chronic pain and stress; others are hoping to improve their athletic performance; still, others are simply interested in exploring their potential for awareness and vitality. Children and older people alike can benefit from SI.
Though both include hands-on bodywork, Structural Integration work focuses on whole-body alignment including changes in your posture, movement, and physical/emotional experience through education, awareness, and therapeutic touch. The focus is on how you relate with your physical experience as a whole person—rather than on any particular body part, experience, or state of mind.
Most sessions are between 75 and 90 minutes though the first session is likely to go a bit longer because I do an assessment at the beginning to get to know more about you and your goals.
This depends greatly on your goals and schedule. Typically, people do one session per week/two weeks. Some can only schedule one session per month, like those traveling in from outside of Chico. Some highly motivated clients have done sessions 1,2,3 back to back and then one per week after that. I have even had people complete the series in two weeks. Generally speaking, I don't recommend any longer than a month between sessions.
The full benefit of this work is best experienced through the Balanced Body series but I suggest making an appointment for one session to see how you feel about the work and you can decide from there.
Pain is never the goal; in fact, it can be counterproductive. My goal is to partner with you to find the amount of pressure that is both comfortable and will encourage a process of release that offers the beneficial and enduring results you are looking for.
As there is more movement involved in Structural Integration sessions than other types of massage, I recommend underwear/short shorts/loose-fitting athletic shorts and bras/bralettes/bandeaus/loose-fitting tank tops. Combine these suggestions into an outfit that feels the most comfortable for you and your body.
If you have an infection, fever, acute inflammation, or if you have had a very recent trauma or surgery, it would not be the right time to receive Structural Integration. Some forms of rheumatoid arthritis, severe osteoporosis, or osteomyelitis are also contraindicated. If you are unsure, check with your doctor and talk with me about your condition before we begin.
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