What to Expect?   Change!

What Can I Expect During a Session?

Sessions are approximately one hour. Before each session, I will watch how you sit, stand, and move so I can see and understand your structural patterns. During the treatment, you will be lying on a massage table while I perform a series of hands-on manipulations using my hands, fingers, knuckles, and elbows on your body. Clients may feel a warm sensation on their skin, deep pressure, or a variety of other sensations during the process. Many clients experience feelings of relaxation and ease as the work progresses.

What Can I Expect to Feel between Sessions?

Very similar to how you feel after a workout at the gym or other exercise program, there may be soreness. It’s common to experience ongoing shifts in balance and awareness. The body usually integrates the changes within the first few days after a session. Most people enjoy feelings of lightness, improved comfort, and greater ease of movement. 

How is this Work Different from Chiropractic?

Chiropractic differs in that it focuses on the bones and skeletal system, especially the spinal column. Chiropractic techniques often involve thrusts to alleviate symptoms of pain or tension within the body.  In contrast, I apply sustained pressure and invoke client movement to the connective tissue of the body, as well as the muscles, ligaments, and tendons to release chronic patterns. Chiropractic and Structural Integration are very complementary to one another. 

How is this Work Different from Massage?

Massage techniques are intended to relax the muscles, improve circulation, and relieve tension. Massage can be beneficial for chronically tight areas also. Massage techniques tend to work on the surface of the body, rather than working through the layers of the body.

The Practitioner, seeks to discover what is present in the body for the purpose of changing how the body is organized and how it functions. A holistic view is taken of the relationships between the muscles, fascia, tendons, and bones to facilitate a rebalancing and realignment of the structure and establishes improved lines of balance to promote a higher level functioning.

Does this Work Hurt?

In the early years the work had a reputation for being painful, great improvement in techniques have changed that. It is now understood that discomfort in response to manual pressure is an indication of the amount of chronic tension stored in the tissue. It is the responsibility of the Practitioner to work within the levels of tolerance for each client to accomplish the goals of the work. Most clients are not concerned about discomfort during the sessions. When the client’s level of tolerance is respected, the Practitioner and client can work together to achieve the best results.

What Happens After the 10 Sessions?

The Basic Ten Series is designed to make significant changes in the form and balance of the body. However, it is not intended to be a one-time cure-all for body dysfunctions or chronic ailments.  After a period of adjustment that usually lasts from six months to a year, many clients opt to continue with the work tailored to the individual's needs.

Do the Effects of Last?

Most often the benefits last for many years after the initial Ten-Series. Some people continue to improve without any further work.  However, bodies change and injuries occur, so periodic work can be beneficial. Also, if one continues with "old habits" and old patterns of behaviors that are detrimental to a person, the results are not as long lasting either.

What do I Wear to a Session?

It is important for the practitioner to see your body structure before, during, and after a session. Most clients, both men and women, go through the sessions in their underwear. Loose workout clothes is a viable substitute.  Contact with the skin is necessary in order to address the fascia.

Alessandra Lior, RN                  303-502-6152                  alessa44@yahoo.com