What is Structural Bodywork?
Structural bodywork is a process-based approach typically involving soft tissue manipulation and movement therapy techniques that help to release holding patterns in muscles, improve joint movement, and achieve balance within your body and gravity. Through therapeutic soft tissue work and awareness movement training, you can release painful, stressful patterns of tension and chronic pain.
Structural bodywork addresses your body as a whole, usually over a series of sessions. Skillful touch brings relief from pain and discomfort, and awareness of how you’re holding and using your body, discover new options for movement, posture, self-care, and your overall physical experience. Rather than treating symptoms, our bodywork therapist works to help your body integrate internally between systems, and externally toward your life’s challenges.
What are the Benefits of Structural Bodywork?
- Reduction of chronic pain and tension in your body
- Resolution of symptoms from old injuries
- Better posture with less effort
- Improve joint movements
- Balance the weak and tight muscles
- Greater balance and resilience, including mental and physical resilience
Difference Between Structural Bodywork and Sports Massage
- Based on the theory that the body is a seamless network of tissues, instead of being made up of separate parts.
- Works through all the layers of your body to reorganize connective tissues and realign the body structure.
- Aims for a longer term and overall improvement in your body’s alignment and functioning.
- Suitable for anyone looking to recover from chronic pain or past injuries, with the goal of improving the overall physical function.
- Purpose of massage therapy is relaxation and release of muscle tension.
- Designed for everyday athletes and gym warriors as well as professional athletes.
- Combines the relaxation of a traditional Swedish massage with deep tissue techniques.
- Aids in muscle recovery and relieve the tension around muscles that are stressed or overused.
What Should I Expect in the First Session?
In your first session, our therapist will spend about 15 minutes to perform a thorough body assessment and set a treatment plan before the session. It is advisable that you disclose any medical history or issues you have encountered to our therapist in your first session so that the therapist can understand your body well and take necessary precautions during the session.
What Happens During the Session?
After the initial assessment, our therapist will start the soft tissue work based on the assessment and treatment plan. You may be asked to do some gentle joint movements during the soft tissue work to release restricted tissues. You can give feedback to your therapist if you experience any discomfort. Subsequently, the therapist may guide you with some active stretching and strengthening exercises to enhance the effect of soft tissues work and improve your body alignment.
Will Structural Bodywork Hurt?
There are several factors to be considered if structural bodywork will hurt. First, there are areas in the body that hold chronic tension or stress. Also account for how long the compensatory pattern has been prevalent in the body. Our therapist and client will gauge the level of intensity and threshold that is best pending the type of sensation present. Sensations range from a satisfying release, tenderness, or temporary discomfort. Structural bodywork is a very personal process and no one person is exactly alike. The client and therapist work together as a team.
How Long is Each Session?
Each Structural Bodywork session lasts 55 or 85 minutes.
What Should I Wear for the Session?
You need to wear exercise attire that allows body movement in various directions. You may also be asked to expose the skin of the body parts that the therapist will need to work on.
Is It OK to have a Session if I am Experiencing Pain in my Body Now?
There are different types of pain a person can experience. The structural bodywork is suitable for you if the pain is chronic due to stiffness and restricted movement in your body. If you have acute and unbearable pain, you should see our physiotherapists instead.
How Do I Know if I am Suitable for Structural Bodywork After Recovering from an Injury?
You are recommended to get the clearance from your physiotherapist or other health professionals if you are unsure about your body condition. To make things easier for you, you can consult our in-house physiotherapists before the session.
How Does Structural Bodywork Help Me in Injury Prevention?
By improving the joint mobility and muscular flexibility, it reduces stiffness in your body and allows your spine and joints to move freely. Besides, the combination of active stretching and strengthening exercises in the session will make your body stronger and prevent you from injury.
How Often Should I Have a Structural Bodywork Session?
A weekly or bi-weekly session is beneficial to achieve and maintain the effectiveness of the session.
How Many Sessions Do I Need to Feel the Changes in My Body?
Usually you will start to feel the difference after the first session. To make a significant change in your body, it will take 3- 5 sessions to make that happen.