"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
How I work:
During a first session with a new client, I take time to understand your immediate goals, history ("somatic biography"), and longer standing problems. Are you here for a "first aid" session, and need immediate relief from a headache, restriction in your shoulder, or recent lower back pain? Or, have you come in to address long term, more complex issues, which might be better addressed in a multi-session series? A first session will give us a chance to assess your body's postural issues, develop an initial treatment plan, and begin to work with your body to unwind some of it's restrictions. If we are only working for a session or two, we will focus on finding immediate relief. If we are planning a series together, we will start with Session 1 of a Structural Integration 10 series, a session which begins to loosen and ease the very top layer of fascia which connects your ribcage, shoulder girdle, and pelvis; to open your breath, and soften some of the tissues of your neck and shoulder girdle.
In the longterm, my work with clients expands into custom made treatment plans accommodating the unique needs of each person. Most of my clients decide to receive a an SI "series", a standard formula of structural integration using ten sessions that builds on the original vision of Ida Rolf. For those clients who need ongoing tune-ups, or advanced work for more complex and longer standing postural issues (such as scoliosis, complex joint abnormalities and dynamics, etc), I am able to deepen our work with advanced structural techniques to address problems in the feet/ankles, hips/pelvis/sacrum, spine, shoulders/arms, and neck.
What is a structural integration "series"?
A "series" is the basic offering of structural integration. All varieties of structural integration (KMI, Rolfing®, Hellerwork, and others) include some variety of a multi-session series. A standard series ranges from 9-14 sessions, and generally starts with the outer "sleeve" layers of connective tissue, and works deeper session by session to integrate the inner and outer lines, allowing more freedom and ease in our movement. My orientation uses a contemporary vision of Ida Rolf's ten series, and integrates movement awareness activities from Mary Bond, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, and the work of Andre' Bernard.
What is an SI "series" like?
.An SI series, as I interpret it, works to enhance many of the dynamic and functional components of our living body. We start by working to direct and differentiate connective tissues, and create more ease, balance, and "uprightness" in the body. In an SI series, each session has a particular goal, and with each client, I address different issues.
In general, I often do something like the following:
Hour 1: Open the superficial tissues. Ease the breathing apparatus, shoulder girdle, and relationship between pelvis and ribcage.
Hour 2: Create a strong foundation in feet and lower legs.
Hour 3: Create balance between front and back, and the sides
Hour 4: Core: Ground the leg and pelvis
Hour 5: Core: Integrate and balance the leg and spine through the deep abdominal core
Hour 6: Core: Create balance in the "back body" via the spine and sacrum
Hour 7: Core: Balance the head on top of the neck
Hour 8: Integrate: The arms and ribcage
Hour 9: Integrate: The feet, legs, and pelvis
Hour 10: Integrate: The spine, neck, and head.
In summation, an SI series allows us to with the breath and the ribcage, the feet and lower legs, the lateral "outside" edge of the body, the back line, the midline of the leg and base of the pelvis, the deep abdomen, the spine, the neck, and a variety of other areas to create ease, balance, connection, and integration throughout our parts. Throughout the series, structural integrators spend time loosening tissues and reorienting bones, but also giving activities that help the client re-learn movements. When a series concludes, participants report feeling a variety of benefits including: greater ease and efficiency in walking and moving, more energy, less pain overall, more aware of oneself while moving, taller, better performance in athletic endeavors, and many others.
*Charles Eckhart is not a medical doctor and does not seek to diagnose any problem. Structural integration is no replacement for medical treatment given by a Medical Doctor. All activities and information taken from this page should be used at your own discretion, and with your own good judgment, seeking medical advice if necessary.