You might not know this but there is such a thing as an Air BnB injury. After staying in an Air Bnb with a wonky mattress, ITC’s hip was extremely painful. The mattress had seen better days and the springs really played havoc with my hip and back.
I was explaining my pain to Liane at Pilates Connection and she suggested I try Structural Integration. I had no idea what that was but I was willing to give it a try and it worked.
If you’re like me and have no idea what Structural Integration (SI) – this is what SI is all about.
Unlike massage, SI focuses on the body’s fascia. A system of connective tissue that runs throughout the body like a continuous web surrounding the muscles, bones, organs, veins and nerves, helping to give the body its shape and structure. Healthy fascia allows the muscles to slide and glide over one-another, but unhealthy fascia does the very opposite, restricting movement and pulling the body out of alignment, causing aching muscles and joint pain. After SI treatment clients have noticed:
- Fewer muscle aches and joint pain
- Increased mobility and flexibility
- Improved posture
- Better body alignment
- Enables muscles to work correctly
I attended three sessions and by the last session, the stiffness and pain in my hip had gone. SI is definitely not like a massage. I always fall asleep when having a massage. SI involves you working with the practitioner. In the spirit of full disclosure, it can be intense. I have a low pain threshold (I booked in for the epidural on the way to the maternity ward). However, even with my low pain threshold, the treatment was fine.
What I liked about Liane’s approach was she did not want me to just have short-term relief, she wanted to get to the root of the problem. There is a beginning and end to the process.
Liane’s wants to create an environment where the client becomes independent and stable on their own, rather than creating a long-term dependency on the therapist or continued work, as seen with some other modalities.
SI is best suited to addressing long-term aches, pains, injuries and restrictions, which other therapies may only have offered short-term relief. Post-treatment regular movement and exercise, such as Pilates will help to maintain your newfound flexibility, alignment and strength. As encouragement, all North Shore Structural Integration clients receive 30% off their first starter pack at Pilates Connection.
So, if you have been experiencing long-term aches and pains why not give SI a go?
North Shore Structural Integration
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ITC did not pay for the treatment, however after experiencing another wonky mattress (at an unnamed relative’s house – ITC went back to Liane and paid for a one-off treatment to relieve the pain).