What is Corrective Bodywork?

manual therapy aimed at alignment

Corrective bodywork is manual therapy intended to alleviate symptoms related to misalignment. While this sort of therapy can produce tremendous relief and balance, it is not wholistic. Corrective bodyworkers are not always trained in Structural Integration but they use many of it's principles. 

At Structural Elements, our corrective bodyworkers are trained to work with your neuro-myo- fascial net systematically; treating your body in layers. They organize their work so that aberrant patterns in your fascia are not driven deeper. This is a common mistake made in “deep-tissue” or “myofascial” therapies. 

Working in this corrective style, our therapists use soft tissue manipulation to guide you toward more balance and freedom from pain. They have extensive knowledge of the properties and behavior of fascia. 

Our corrective bodyworkers avoid creating unnecessary pain through unrefined touch. They concentrate on doing deep, lasting, and significant work, with anatomical precision, blended with movement and sensitivity to the unfolding individual experience.

Model of a segment of a Collagen molecule

Model of a segment of a Collagen molecule

The Process 

Structural Elements Corrective Bodywork

Every session of corrective bodywork begins with careful looking. Therapists look with you at patterns in your structure that are keeping you from feeling ease. They take note of structural tilts, bends, shifts and rotations. 

Addressing these patterns responsibly requires practioners to help you acheive more alignment in outer layers of connective tissue first. This soothing work with superficial tissue sets the stage for later work with deeper layers.

Treatments are further organized to help you find balance in your body’s four cardinal planes. Imbalances in the saggital plane are adressed before changes are made in the frontal plane. Then rotational imbalances in the transverse plane are handled. Working in this systematic way encourages your body to find nuetral - gradually unwinding from unnessecary tension.   

Movement reeducation, cues to enhance your kinesthetic awareness and fill in your body image are an essential part of the work.

This restorative work is applied while you are lying, (usually supine)sitting on a bench, standing or walking.

Meeting the plasticity of the body with a flexible and gentle somatic response
— Jeffery Maitland
Structural Elements Corrective Bodywork

the results

Many clients are in less pain after one to three sessions of corrective bodywork. Of course, every body is different and results vary. A common experience is to feel taller, lighter. Some people feel more grounded. Clients often leave their session with a solid sense of alignment in areas that were treated.