On the most basic level, structural integration can enhance your experience of inhabiting your body. There are numerous benefits:
- Greater support in your posture
- Increased freedom from pain
- Increased ability to adapt to and recover from stress
- Increased strength, agility, and ease in standing and movement
- Improved concentration and mental acuity
- More restful sleep
- Healthier immune system functioning
- Decreased depression and anxiety
- An enhanced sense of integrated wholeness
Most importantly, the structural integration I practice assists you in becoming more fully embodied. What does it mean to be embodied? Because embodiment is ultimately a
subjective experience, here is how I would define it for myself: Embodiment moves beyond a simple internal and external awareness of our bodies. You can think of embodiment as feeling at home inside your own body. l experience it as a deep internal contact with my core, and a full experience of my aliveness, in which I’m able to inhabit myself throughout my whole body and feel myself living within my feet, legs, pelvis, heart, head, hands, and so on. I feel rooted into the ground, and enjoy a sense of support from my feet and pelvis. I’m aware of my breath and how it acts on my system. I have a felt sense of my substantialness; I feel a unified wholeness throughout my body, while also being conscious of the relationships inside
me so there is no separation between my body and my self. One could think of it as whole-body, whole-being integration.
Being embodied helps me stay in touch with the physicality of my emotions, which in turn lends itself to a greater capacity for authentic interpersonal connection. I’m able to feel what’s true for me at any given moment.