Structural Integration / Triggerpoint Therapy
William Dub Leigh (founder)
Ida Rolf / Moshe Feldenkrais / Tanouye Tenshin Rotaishi
BILL THOMPSON OF ALEXANDAR'S MASSAGE SCHOOL
JUSTIN HUGHES, LMT / CLASS OF 1995
Their seven-year collaboration resulted in the evolution of Zentherapy®, which integrates the training and experiences with Ida, Moshe, and others. In other words, it contains aspects of the deep tissue work of Rolf, the neuro-muscular re-education of Feldenkrais, and the ki training of Tanouye Rotaishi.
The overall goal of Zenbodytherapy® is to give the body its optimum functionality in movement and stillness. It accomplishes this by preparing, balancing, and aligning the soft tissue of the body in relationship with itself and its environment.
Zenbodytherapy® is a series of ten consecutive weekly sessions where each section of the body will be restructured through myofascial release and targeted trigger point work.
Sessions 1-3 strives to loosen and balance surface layers of connective tissue.
Specifically, the first session is devoted to enhancing the quality of breath with work on the arms, ribcage, and diaphragm. The opening is also started along the upper leg, hamstrings, neck, and spine.
The second session helps give the body a stable foundation by balancing the foot and muscles of the lower leg.
The third session typically involves a "side view" for an understanding of how the head, shoulder girdle, and hips are positionally related to one another when standing under the influence of gravity.
Sessions 4-7 are referred to as "core" sessions and examine terrain found between the bottom of the pelvis and top of the head. The idea of core also includes the deep tissue of the legs for its role in support.
Session four begins this journey, its territory extends from the inside arch of the foot and up the leg, to the bottom of the pelvis.
The fifth session is concerned with balancing surface and deep abdominal muscles to the curve of the back.
Session six seeks to enlist more support and moment from the legs, pelvis, and lower back, while the seventh session turns its sole attention to the neck and head.
"Integration" is emphasized throughout the remaining three sessions, as sessions 8-10 provide an opportunity for the practitioner to blend previously established advancements, and ones yet to be made, into the body in a way that encourages smooth movement and natural coordination.
During sessions eight and nine, the practitioner determines how best to achieve this integration, as the protocol is unique for each individual.
The tenth and final session is also one of integration, but more importantly, serves to inspire a sense of order and balance. Once completed, the wisdom of the Ten Series will drive and support the body with health for years to come.
Two-piece bathing suit or sports top/shorts or briefs.
Before and after pictures are encouraged to be taken before the first session and after the 3rd, 7th, and 10th sessions. This will allow the practitioner and the client to mark progress and discuss future goals. It also provides a visual representation
of the real change that has occurred through Zen Bodytherapy® sessions.