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Fascial Integration

Fascial Integration offers complementary skills in postural analysis, physical assessment, problem solving and fascial manipulation, especially for tricky clients not responding to one's current methodology.

Developed by Bruce Schonfeld after extensive studies in Rolfing Structural Integration and Visceral Manipulation, Fascial Integration (FI) is a natural continuation of Ida Rolf's method of Structural Integration (SI).Paying forward her whole body approach to physical alignment through fascial manipulation and education, FI looks through the same architectural lens and applies a 'local and global' logic to the next layer deep, the interfacing membranes. Like the biomechanics of other body-based systems that require normal range of motion to fully function, membranes also need to slide and glide and are a critical component of more comprehensive fascial continuity. Whereas Structural Integration segmentally balances fascial components of the overall musculoskeletal system, Fascial Integration embraces systems anatomy and balances the body with additional depth and dimension. FI evolves Rolf's holistic relationship with the musculoskeletal system by linking it with the underlying membranes and larger visceral ligaments. Finding dynamic balance within a deeper fascial web, of compounding internal and external forces, FI takes a dynamic, volumetric and three dimensional approach to balancing membranous tension.

"Structure and function are inter-related."

A.T. Still

A natural companion to Jean-Pierre Barral's systemic approach to a dominant lesion (The Primary Lesion), FI examines the relationship between the parts and the whole. Providing a broader context of mobility for The Primary Lesion upfront is frequently strategically helpful. Typically with more longstanding issues, where adaptive shortening has insidiously spread across systems over time, regional and global anatomy are both in play and in need of attention. Troubleshooting the body regionally and holistically, the idea is to anatomically see and feel more of the big picture. Embracing elements from both schools of thought, FI offers inter-disciplinary skills and strategies to offset compensatory patterns (The Lesional Chain) throughout the general body. Fascial Integration holds perspectives of both a specialist and a generalist. One part structural and one part visceral, FI presents a unique Structural-Visceral perspective in the world of fascial manipulation.