Deep Tissue & Therapeutic Massage, Yvonne Ralston Tomlinson L.M.T
Deep Tissue Therapies
Yvonne Ralston Tomlinson L.M.T.

Body therapy to help you move better, feel better, live better!

Structural Integration

structural alignmentStructural Integration is a 10 session series of soft tissue manipulation and movement education designed to realign, balance, and reorganize the body in the field of gravity.  Unlike massage, Structural integration focuses on alignment of the fascial structure or connective tissue system, not the muscles.  The process involves deep tissue manipulation and systematically addresses the whole body opening and balancing front to back, side to side, top to bottom, working superficial to deep layers.

Dr. Ida P. Rolf, the founder of Structural Integration, was a Biochemist who discovered that by working directly with the body’s facial system she could have profound results on changing posture and structure.  She studied the properties of fascia and found that it has the unique ability to change form.  With heat and direct pressure the tissue becomes more pliable and lengthens, creating more space for the body to correct itself.

Physical injury, emotional trauma, repetitive stress, the continuous exposure to the force of gravity, and just the aging process are all contributing factors to our compromised structures. Structural Integration decreases compression in the joints and vertebrae, releases fascial restrictions around the muscles, and allows the body to return to its structurally optimal position.

“When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through. Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself.”   – Ida P. Rolf

What is Fascia?

Fascia is connective tissue, our bodies “organ of structure”.  It is a very strong, tough, fibrous tissue made up primarily of collagen fibers and a semi-fluid gel like substance.
This fascia or connective tissue spreads throughout the whole body in a three-dimensional web from head to foot without interruption.  It surrounds the muscles, organs, bones, and nerves offering the body its structure and giving shape to the muscles.

When the fascia or connective tissue becomes comprised due to physical trauma, emotional stress, the continuing pull of gravity and aging, it begins to harden, stick together, becomes dehydrated, and shortens, thus pulling the body out of alignment.

Most standard medical tests such as x-rays, myelograms, Cat scans, and MRI’s do not show fascial restrictions, so unfortunately many people suffering with chronic pain and discomfort may be experiencing connective tissue problems which remain untreated.

Benefits of Structural Integration

• Increases flexibility and coordination
• Decreases chronic or acute pain
• Improves structure, posture and alignment
• Relieves stress
• Increases body awareness
• Releases emotional and physical trauma blocks
• Improves athletic performance
• Increases energy and vitality
• Improves breathing
• Increases sense of well-being and confidence


Yvonne Ralston Tomlinson, L.M.T
Salt Lake City, Utah

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