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Introduction to Structural Integration



It is a very tough, strong tissue, otherwise known as the myofascial system. Connective tissue is the support system of our body. All of the major systems in the body – circulatory, digestive, nervous, musculoskeletal, and organs – are ensheathed in the connective tissue. It also permeates each and every muscle.


A healthy and balanced connective tissue system’s characteristics are flexibility, elasticity, length and resilience. The tissue absorbs and responds to gravitational force, illness, injury, emotional trauma and plain everyday stress. Any of these factors will immediately, or over a period of time, cause an imbalance in the tissue system.


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When imbalance exists, the system’s healthy characteristics are affected. The imbalance is identified as a shortening, thickening, dehydration of the tissue which impairs joint mobility and muscle function. This is usually felt in the body as chronic pain, discomfort, stiffness, or decreased flexibility and impaired movement.


The connective tissue has memory which means that any imbalance in the body – no matter what the cause – is imprinted as change in the internal structure and has a long-range and cumulative effect. The body may attempt to return to its original state but without Structural Integration, it remains misaligned.

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