How can structural therapy nourish your soul?

Structural therapies refer to a range of movement approaches which promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being and are from Eastern and Western backgrounds. These are also known as bodywork therapies and can combine postural correction and deep-tissue manipulation.

Movement is life; the universe and everything in it is in constant motion according to contemporary physics. Around the world, movement and dance have been used by indigenous societies for both individual and community healing.

It remains an integral part of many healing traditions throughout the world, with movement and song used to develop a community, promote fertility and for personal healing too.

Benefits of structural therapy

The benefits experienced from structural therapies such as Alexander technique, structural integration, Rolfing, chiropractic, osteopathy include ease of movement, strength and flexibility, improved muscle tone, coordination and circulation, pain relief, and relief from neurological, chronic back pain and respiratory disorders.

Emotional distress, expressed through the body can also be relieved using structural therapies. Anxiety attacks and eating disorders are examples of these emotionally related conditions.

Structural therapies can also create a change in emotions and attitudes with an increase in self-esteem, as movements are related to thoughts and feelings. People have also reported experiencing emotional openness and creativity with enhanced communication skills.

What to expect from a structural therapy session

There are a number of different structural therapy approaches and depending on which one is chosen, you will experience particular assessments, treatments and lengths of time in doing them.

For example with structural integration, an evaluation process is carried out, including your medical history and that of your family. You will then experience an introductory evaluation of how you hold and move your body.

A chiropractic session can last around 60 minutes. Your initial appointment will start with a consultation either over the phone or in person. Your practitioner may ask you to obtain an x-ray of the area you have issues with. They will then check your history and give you a physical examination.

Osteopathy treatment sessions are patient-centred with an initial discussion lasting from 30 to 45 minutes. Once health conditions are evaluated, the patient will proceed with an examination which will go for approximately one to two hours inside the osteopathic clinic.