Approaches for Enriching Life in our Bodies
Structural Integration Therapy
We believe that Structural Integration (Rolfing, Hellerwork SI) is an indispensable aid in the process of becoming whole. The primary objective is to improve the alignment and balance of our body, which in turn enhances our presence and sense of well-being and ease of aging. The wounds of life contribute to our very “shape,” which in turn hold these patterns in our tissues and limit our experience and self-expression.
Please note: the basic series of this work is given in ten sessions, but we consider SI to be an important part of our ongoing health and well-being regimen.
Other Disciplines and Approaches
A practice we find to be vital in supporting graceful aging and our overall health and intimacy is Continuum Movement, founded by Emilie Conrad. This practice over the past twenty years has brought us a level of fluidity and vitality that we could not have imagined. Simply stated, the more fluid we become the more we are nourished by life itself.
Other movement disciplines include Functional Integration and Awareness through Movement, developed by Moshe Feldenkrais; Hanna Somatic Education developed by Thomas Hanna; and Body-Mind Centering developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. There are other approaches to educating the body including yoga.
Somatic Experiencing, founded by Peter Levine, is an ideal treatment for high-impact trauma. Integrated into a relational psychotherapy, it facilitates restoring the balance of the autonomic nervous system and increasing our resilience.
Our final group of approaches is concerned with releasing held emotion in the tissues of the body. The origin of this lineage is Wilhelm Reich’s Vegetotherapy, (now called Reichian Therapy), then Alexander Lowen (Bioenergetics), John Pierrakos (Core Energetics) and Eva Pierrakos (Pathworks).
Taken all together, these disciplines and bodies of knowledge constitute a completely new paradigm of the human body. They bring us a vision of a body that is structurally aligned, fluid, resilient, receptive, responsive, adaptable and highly relational. This vision bridges the understanding that relationship health, physical health and mental health are all related.