The continuing pull of gravity, the stress of daily activities and physical injuries can pull the body out of alignment. When the body is out of alignment it creates inefficiency and imbalance resulting in stiffness, discomfort and loss of energy. When a body is aligned and balanced it moves with greater ease. It requires less energy to function. Good posture is effortless and breathing is easier. The body becomes more flexible, more coordinated and athletic performance improves.Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that aligns and balances the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia—protective layer of the muscle. As fascia is lengthened it allows the muscles to move more efficiently. The practitioner applies pressure to the fascia, working the entire body in a systematic way. When restricted fascia is released and lengthened the body can return to its structurally optimal position.
 

"The connective tissue and fascia form a mechanical continuum, extending throughout the animal body, even to the innermost parts of each cell. All great systems of the body--the circulation, the nervous system, themusculo-skeletal system, the digestive tract, the various organs--are ensheathed in connective tissue. This matrix determines the overall shape of the organism as well as the detailed architecture of its parts. All movements, of the body as a whole, or of its smallest parts, are created by tensions carried through the connective tissue fabric. Each tension, each compression, each movement causes the crystalline lattices of the connective tissues to generate bioelectric signals that are precisely characteristic of those tensions, compressions and movements. The fabric is a semi-conducting communication network that can convey the bioelectric signals between every part of the body and every other part. This communication network within the fascia is none other than the meridian system of Oriental Medicine, with its countless extensions into every part of the body. As these signals flow through the tissues, their biomagnetic counterparts extend the stories they tell into the space around the body. The mechanical, bioelectric, and biomagnetic signals traveling through the connective tissue, and through space around the body, tell the various cells how to form and reform the tissue architecture in response to tensions, compressions, and movement we make."
James Oschman, Natural Science of Healing