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Structural Integration – AKA Rolfing, KMI, Hellerwork, Soma, NISA, Core and more.


With over 12 years of experience, study and search, I have found Structural Integration (AKA Rolfing)to be one of the most effective modalities to achieve pain free physical health and wellbeing for myself and my clients. I have been a Registered Massage therapist, studied Physical Therapist, Holistic Nutritionist and a number of other modalities and by far, Structural integration for me and my clients achieves some of the best results. Clients continually report feeling younger, more comfortable in their skin, sharp decrease or elimination of chronic pain, renewed emotional balance and many other wonderful benefits. Hands down, Structural integration works!


What is Structural Integration?
Structural Integration has been developed from the pioneering work of Dr Ida P Rolf, Rolfing and is focused on balancing the body via what really holds us together - the connective tissue or Fascia. Structural integration can be done in a number of ways, but it is usually most famous for its multi-session protocol of 10-12 sessions that spirals through the body leaving no layer of an issue untouched. Structural integrations goal is to unwind the strain patterns that are residing in your body, restoring it to its natural balance, alignment, length, and ease. By using strategic deep, slow, fascial and myofascial manipulation, coupled with movement re-education, Structural Integration can achieve a deeper, longer lasting significant change. Please visit the testimonial page to hear how it has helped my clients.


How does Structural Integration work?

When we are injured or stressed, (no matter what the source of the stress), there is a neuro-muscular response – usually involving some combination of contraction, retraction, immobility, and often rotation. These patterns put some muscles under strain (so that they develop painful trigger points) and also pulls at the fascial fabric, requiring it to shift, thicken, glue itself to surrounding structures, and otherwise compensate for the excess sustained muscular holding. Especially when there are chronic and long-held patterns, it is not enough to simply release the muscular holding, even though that is definitely a good start and may make you feel better short term. But for long term and effective results Structural Integrations aim is to free, reposition, give space, release compensations and bring balance back to the body. With balance, the pain usually fades away.

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    The process begins with a fairly extensive interview about your history and current habits. I will usually want to observe you standing and walking before the sessions start, to assess your current structural patterns. Some other assessments may be preformed to help pinpoint the issue further. There is the option to take photos in order to create a visual record of the ‘before’ and ‘after’ for both you and the practitioner, since there can be visible changes in your shape and how you feel. To help with the assessment and treatment phase it is best to wear the minimal amount of clothing giving the most access to your skin but also maintaining your comfort level. For most they simply wear hugging underwear or a bathing suit.


    The KMI work itself is done on a treatment table, or for certain moves on a specialized bench and sometimes standing. The use of my fingers, hands or forearm will be used to contact certain tissues, and movement may be asked for in specific ways while these tissues are opened and repositioned.


    The process of opening our myofascial tissues can be ‘sensation-ful’’: involving feelings of stretch, or
    perhaps some burning, as in yoga stretch or when exercising long unused muscles. The level of this sensation is always in your control, and entirely up to you. Pain, if the sensation gets that far, should be short and bearable. We will set up ways to find the right level of depth for you that allows the maximum value from each session consistent with your comfort and acceptance. The idea is to achieve a balanced body that is pain-free but you may have to feel some of the stored pain as it is released from your body.


    It may sound funny, but I have found that traumatized tissue can also contain emotional pain. Although I’m not practicing psychologists I have been trained to sensitively work with you around these releases as they relate to your body structure and can offer support. We can always work together to find the right level of work for you. Emotional feelings related to the work may come up during the sessions or between them.


    Each session deals with a different fascial planes and layers or set of relationships in the body and progressively works around the body from superficial to deep and back again. The work may or may not be where you are reporting the symptoms of pain, as the patterns that feed that problem are body-wide. A whiplash, for instance, is a problem of the neck for some days, a problem of the whole spine within a few weeks, and is linked to a whole body pattern within a few months. To successfully resolve this issue we need to deal with the whole pattern.


    It is not unusual to have odd feelings – physical or emotional – between sessions. Please contact me if there is any cause for concern. Often, old long-forgotten pains will resurface for a time (this is a positive sign that the process of unwinding is well underway). View this as a project, with a beginning, middle and an end: not an ongoing and endless therapy. Clients often return after their series to go further or as a tune up to ease the effects of external stresses we face day to day.
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    The 12 Session Series

    The KMI 12 series is a dynamic and multifaceted approach at restructuring your body through deep intentional bodywork. There is no simple way to describe KMI that will allow you to grasp its effects and benefits that are not only physical, but also can be emotional. There is no list of conditions it can help as individuals who have received the treatment have seen almost any multitude of symptoms lesson or disappear. This is because of the body’s reliance on balance for its function. The overall goal of the 12 series is rebalancing the human Structure over itself and in gravity. Because most issues are structural in nature, Structural integration will most likely have a lasting beneficial effect on your overall health, wellbeing and resilience..

    To generalize the 12 session series, it is broken down into 3 parts and 4 session increments. Part one collectively focuses on preparing the body for deeper work. By opening and freeing superficial tissues, a change begins to happen and deeper issues begin to show. . The following 4 sessions can now address the newly accessible deepest tissues of the body where we typically hold the core of our issues. Finally the last, but certainly not the least, part 3's main focus is "giving it back" to the client or integrating the new changes into the whole body.

    Expectations are hard to quantify, as human beings are all so individual. . So if you are thinking “will this help me” My answer is, Yes! But to break down my experience with my clients, I find that there is a bell curve on effectiveness and lasting results. 25% of my clients experience a wonderful life changing result that they are unsure of how they lived prior to those sessions. Another 30% experience great and wonderful changes that mostly last. Another 30% experience great changes at first and some stay and some go. 13% feel good after a session or notice some change, but are unsure of any long term effects. And lastly, 2% notice very little, to no change. These outcomes are, of course, attributed to various factors such as physical, mental and emotional stress, spacing of sessions, commitment, cause of issues, and so on.

    For a more in-depth analysis of each session we will break down the sessions one by one.

    Session 1
    This session involves a number of factors. Physically the work focuses on the superficial front line and breath. Mentally and emotionally it is the beginning of change. Collectively it is a time for the practitioner and client to introduce themselves and their expectations and qualities. The practitioner should discover a number of key factors that will help determine the directions of this and following sessions. How is the client’s nervous system (parasympathetic orsympathetic), Quality of the tissue, movements and what is there pain threshold. This session is thought of as an uplifting session as we are lifting and brining the tissue up the front of the body, but also because we are freeing the breath and allowing the body to obtain more life giving oxygen.

    Session 2
    This session can now build on the relationship developed in session one. Its physical focus is on the Superficial back line, contacting the tissue in a much deeper level then the first session. This session is thought of as a grounding session as we are bringing the tissue down the back of the body. mentally and emotionally, the back of the body is thought of as "no", we turn away from issues we are uncomfortable and this may hold some of that in the tissue.

    Session 3
    While sessions one and two consisted of the front and back which can be associated with movement and yes and no, sessions three focues on opening up and balancing the lateral line of the body which is your stability and can project uncertainty. Completion of the lateral line usually brings about a feeling of conclusion and uplift that the client might have been lacking in the previous sessions. Mentally and emotionally the side of the body is "maybe" and may contain some indecision.

    Session 4
    A revisiting of the previous areas in another approach, session 4’s focus is on the spiral line’s effects on superficial rotations, shoulder blade placement, and the arches of the feet. It is also a time to revisit any area’s of the first 3 sessions that may need more attention and opening.

    Session 5
    Direction now changes as we focus on the deeper core of the body. With the superficial fascia freed from sessions 1-4, session five goals are the releases of the now obtainable lower half of the Deep front line or core and build core support and reduce any effect the deep core may play on the organs from below. Physically this is from the inside Arch, up the inseam of the leg leading to the adductors, contacting the pelvic floor and ending at the hip flexor muscles. Even though it is the lower half of the body that has been worked, clients often experience a great lifting up through their whole body. Mentally and emotionally this deeper tissue can hold more unresolved issues then superficial tissue as most of the time we are contacting areas that have rarely been addressed before. This area can be emotionally connected to ones sexuality and sexual events can sometimes be held in this tissue.


    Session 6
    A continuation of the deep front line up the body, session 6 focuses on the “abdominal balloon” and it relationship with organ function and breath. Physically this covers the some of the territory in the previous session with work on the hip flexors, and moves up to the recutus abdominis, Diaphragm, pectoralis fascia, ribs and shoulders. Mentally and emotionally this session connects tissue that can hold a wide ray of emotions. Personally for me, great loss and abandonment is held in these tissues. A feeling of lift and new found freedom is experienced after these two sessions on the deep core.

    Session 7
    A revisiting of session 2 in a substantially deeper level, session 7's overall goal is to balance out the release of the deep front line lift that has now been created by session 6. Specific physical goals are alignment of the body over itself that allow the primary and secondary curves of the spine and body to be in balance. Lastly, but certainly not least, the focus turns to the freeing and balance of the sacrum. Mentally and emotionally I believe this tissue can hold “containment”....

    Session 8
    Session 8 is considered the apex session of the series. The end of the “core” sessions as the previous 3 sessions have build the base for the success of the final core session. The focus of this session is physically confided to a small area, but the goals are not small in anyway. The focus is on the alignment and position of the head and a release of the jaw and the upper portion of the digestive track, but the effects can be global; effecting digestion, breath, blood flow, expression and more. Freeing the superficial fascia of the neck, the session then attempts to balance the head laying the ground to release the jaw and face stripping away any “masks” that may be held. Moving interior orally and finally ending with the nasal septum. Mentally and emotionally a great deal of emotions can be held here. It is a sacred place, which can hold a great deal of emotion related to almost anything. We use are face to express or mask our true intentions and feelings.

    Session 9
    Now that the legs, hips and torso and head have been addresses, focus on placing the arms and shoulders on the torso begins.

    Session 10-12
    While the previous sessions have been on differentiation and creating space, the final 3 sessions goal is to integrate the newly freed tissues together to create a more harmonious you. The integration sessions are also very important as they allow the body to more readily accept the new changes and help maintain a lasting change.

     

    Individual sessions


    Though Rolfing or Structural Integration is most famous for the series, you can also receive structural integration out of the series format. Depending on the issue, we can usually have a powerful effect on your issue in as few as 3-4 sessions. Feel free to contact me directly for an over the phone consultation and I should be able to give you an idea of how many sessions you may need to lead to a significant change in your issue.


    The KMI 3-series is a great introduction to structural bodywork. The full KMI program (a 12-session series)
    works its way through your body in a more detailed and thorough way. The 3-series will use the same
    principles and techniques to address the pelvis girdle and legs, the upper body and the shoulders, and the neck
    and spine respectively, giving you a good introduction to yourself and the method. For the best results, we
    recommend the full 12-series, but you will definitely get a good idea of the direction and the results from this
    initial 3-series.

    View your KMI series as a project, with a beginning, middle and an end: not an ongoing and endless therapy.
    Clients often return after this series for the full 12-series, or once or twice a year for a ‘tune up’ session to ease
    the effects of life.

     

    Pricing

    The Cost is 160 dollars a treatment. Each session is approximately 1 hour and 15 min long. I accept Cash and Cheque.


     

    What should you wear during a session?

    Because the work and assessments may require movement on the table, seated and standing plus continued reassessment during the session, it is important to wear something that you will be completly comfortable and moveable as possible with the greatest access to your tissue. For most, they simply wear hugging covering underwear or a bathing suit while others are more comforbale in Short cotton or lululemon type shorts and tank top. We will of course always work within your comfort level and can discuss other options as needed.


    Can Structural Integration Help you?


    I believe Structural Integration can aid almost anyone with almost any issue. With any issue, the question should always be what caused the problem and what is keeping it from resolving? Typically the answer to these two questions is complex with multi layered compensation around a unknown core issue. Structural Integration’s approach leaves "no stone unturned" as it methodically moves through the entire body revealing and stripping away the layers of compensation, the symptoms and eventually leading us to and tackling the center or core of the issues you are facing. . Not only do clients gain what they came for (usually pain reduction), but they also leave with a body that sometimes feels 10 years younger, stronger and a greater sense of health and wellbeing.


    This is because Structure equals function. For a quick example of what I mean I will have you make a tight fist with your hand. Hold it super tight. Can you observe any changes in its colour or shape? Now quickly unclench and look at you palm and notice how some parts are white while others are pink. The white areas have no blood flow while the pink areas had excess blood. Think about all the tension you’re aware of in your body and how it might be doing this every second of every day in your own body. The movement of Blood, Lymph, hormones and such is so important to your overall health. Because your cells need food, oxygen, waste removal, hormones and more to function well and keep you healthy. Without this movement your cells can starve and go into hibernation, shutting down all non critical functions and can only focuses on its own survival. It stops working for the whole system, the human being and you suffer. If you can rebalance the system, take away the tension, increase the movement of fluid and the whole system benefits!


    With that said, I have to say the following. Structural integration is a wonderful ‘tonic’ for your posture and movement. Do not undertake this treatment without medical permission if needed, and always communicate any medical issues that might be relevant to your sessions. Structural Integration can be remarkably effective for chronic pain patterns of a structural nature, but is not designed as a ‘curative’ for any disease or as a ‘first aid’ remedy for recent injury or as a substitute for medical attention where needed. Check with your practitioner if you are unsure whether Structural Integration is contraindicated for your situation.

     

    How often should I have sessions?

    In the beginning one treatment a week will allow us to quickly gain momentum, more rapidly eliminate your pain and gain some real result quickly. After about 4 sessions or if financial and time restraints require we can widen the frequency to 2-3 weeks between treatments.

     

    How do imbalances form?

    When we are injured or stressed there is a neuro-muscular response that usually involves some combination of contraction, retraction, immobility, and often rotation to protect you. These patterns put some muscles under strain (so that they develop painful trigger points) and also pulls at the fascial fabric, requiring it to shift, thicken, glue itself to surrounding structures, and otherwise compensate for the excess sustained muscular holding. This can spread throughout the whole system and can effect other parts of your body that seem unrelated. Over time these chronic and long-held patterns become more and more engrained within the nervous system and also the whole body structure . It is not enough to simply release the muscular holding, even though that is definitely a good start. Freeing and repositioning the fascial fabric, along with re-integration of the movement patterns so that they stay easily in their proper positioning, is the aim of structural integration.


    Other reasons for imbalances come about from inefficient movement habits, our body's response to daily stresses, mimicking others when we were young(kids are so impressionable), the invasions of injury or surgery, birth, our body's response to traumatic events both physical and emotional. Over time these issues may have started out as a simple response can become quiet embedded, effecting the way you move, your posture and eventually change every aspect of your structure and function and can lead to pain.
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    Rolfing Vs Structural Integration

    Rolfing is simply a brand of Structural Integration and just means they graduated from the Rolf institute who have trademarked the name. There are now many schools of Structural Integration and have all similarly branded their own name. It is thought that Ida Rolf wanted the work called Structural Integration, but politics and business has created a confusing mix of names for the same group of work (structural Integration). Similar to coke and pepsi or mac and PC... they are both pop and computers, but slightly different and everyone has their preference. I think it’s unfortunate because it can confuses the public and can make it difficult for them to find Structural integration practitioners. Because of this, I have joined and support the International Association of Structural Integrationists www.IASI.com who are trying to bring all the schools together and jointly use the term “structural Integration” .

    For myself, I learned Structural Integration from Thomas Myers, a Rolfer and teacher at the Rolf institute. He broke off from the Rolf Institute and formed his own school in 1990 after writing the worldwide bestselling book “Anatomy Trains” (anatomytrains.com). He had the pleasure of studying from Ida Rolf and Moshe Feldenkrais and has over 35 years of experience. He has slightly modernized the work based on his experience and knowledge. After having a Rolfing series and a series from one of Thomas Myers practitioners I decided to study with Thomas as I found the work to be better organized and more effective. But basically, it’s like going to an RMT that graduated from one school or another... they’re all massage therapists and it really does depend on the practitioner... So I suggest you chose a practitioner that is right for you. First I recommend you read the practitioner websites, talk to the practitioners and if you can I suggest even giving a few practitioners a try and picking the one you like the best.



     

    Testimonials


    "After 10 yrs of ongoing rehab and multiple sugeries following a motor vehicle accident plus several other physical traumas, chronic pain is quickly becoming a distant memory thanks to the structural integration techniques of Bryon Brewster. The KMI methodology he follows is thoughtful and efficient. Because of Bryon's passionate approach and attention to detail I can say with confidence that there is a solution to chronic pain associated with structure and biomechanic instabilities! Thanks to Bryon's work there is hope for a painfree existence! Thanks Bryon!! "
    Melissa Rudat
    Pilates Instructor

    I am a 37 years old professional woman I have suffered from back pain partly due to degenerative disc disease, and disc herniations. Over the last 10 years I have seen countless specialists including; surgeons , physiotherapists, chiropractors, ART therapists. I have tried dry needling, pain injections ( nerve blocks) prescription anti inflammatory and countless herbal and holistic alternative therapies.

    I searched out Bryon after attending an Anatomy trains workshop. I went to him with no expectations on my back pain but more was interested in feeling someone work the Anatomy trains on my body to deepen my understanding of anatomy. After the third session I was amazed at the results. My body started to feel untangled and more efficient. I have always known what ideal posture is but I had been so stuck in compensation patterns I have always struggled to maintain it. After each of the 12 sessions I was amazed at the changes in my body, my appearance and my energy. By the end of the series my back pain had reduced by 95%! Skeptical at first that the changes would last I waited to write this testimonial. It has been almost 3 months since my last treatment and I am doing better than ever. My workouts are easier my mood has improved from being out of constant pain. Thanks Bryon!
    Lisa S.
    Pilates Studio owner and instructor

    After having been treated by Structural Integration, I had greatpostural, breathing and joint (low back, knees and shoulder) issues solved for good.
    I am confident that this work wouldld be able to help you to speed up your posture improvement.
    Marcio S.
    Personal Trainer

    This unique technology has great results. Opening up the joints helps in body movement and makes it more fluid. It stretches out areas that are literally jammed and cannot be stretched. Areas where the muscles are particularly stiff are addressed and getting more motion is accomplished. I have found after several sessions that areas, especially my rib cage, upper back and chest are much more open and flexibility has improved. This corrects my posture, which results in a freedom of movement throughout my whole body.
    Sharon B.
    Executive Assistant

    Dear Bryon,

    You are an amazing body worker and I hope these words can contribute to make others believe in your capacities too. I have sought help from chiropractors, osteopaths, Alexander technique practitioners, physiotherapists, and many more, and there is none who has helped me increase my well being as you.

    You say that Structural Integration gives lasting results, contrary to say regular massage therapy, which you of course know very well from your years of experience and education in the field. I can vouch with my experience that these words are facts rather than beautiful fancies. There is now three months since I last saw you. Overall, I feel more upright and relaxed than ever and I could also mention several areas of my body where you have clearly made an impact: the rotation in my ribcage is gone; the shoulders do not slant forward at all anymore; and I have much more movement and almost no pain in my arthritic hip. What is most mesmerizing is that the treatment keeps working far after the series is completed. It is an adventure to work out my body these days as I work with the new possibilities that the series opened up for me.

    As a Pilates teacher who takes my job seriously I have a fair knowledge in anatomy. An accomplished Pilates teacher can see the body as sets of systems working in coherence rather than as isolated muscles working singularly. With your way of sometimes simplifying and other times giving me the full anatomical explanation, you have been one of my most important Pilates teachers.

    Your passion for helping other people through Structural Integration is tangible. As I sit here on the other side of the Atlantic, writing these words, I write with a posture that you have helped me create. Writing could be a toll before, but I now write with ease; and that applies as well to how my body feels as to how easy it is to give you my warmest recommendations. I can only hope that you experience all the success you could wish for as a body worker and a Structural Integrator.

    With gratitude,
    Magnus Andersson, Pilates instructor, tango teacher, and music researcher and critic

    "I've had severe chronic tension for decades due to excessive computer use and high levels of anxiety. Although years of chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, osteopathy, physiotherapy, yoga, pharmaceutical and natural supplements helped a little, nothing has produced such effective or rapid change as just one experience of Bryon's Kinesis Myofascial Integration / Structural Integration. I'd heard of Rolfing before and knew it sounded like a good fit for me, but never met anyone fully trained and seasoned in its use until now. And I know Bryon's rate may look pricey compared to other forms of body work, but after spending thousands of dollars on many physical therapies offering only small benefits, I can say Bryon's rates are a giveaway when compared with his results. Bryon also guided me on exactly how to breathe to best release my physical holding patterns. My next major gift to myself is going to have to be a 12-session KMI series so I can start living in the body I was born to inhabit.
    Tanya P.
    www.HypnoSage.com

    At a major fitness club I watched Bryon guide one person after another in a fashion superior to the other trainers. Intrigued I requested that he prepare a program for me, a fit senior. I then signed up for the Structural Integration series. I now wish to offer this endorsement because of the lasting benefit of his sure and careful realignment of my body. It has brought me unabated happiness.
    Gloria Shulman
    Senior

    As far as Structural Integration goes, well I'm sold on it. The postural changes have stayed, still some spasmming, but I think it's my body refusing to give into its new lengths. I have done some workouts this past week, my legs are far far stronger, and feel great, and I even feel like I have way more energy when working out. This has been the best thing anyone has been able to do for my Ankylosing Spondylitis, and that's just from 3 treatments.
    James M.
    Student of Osteopathic Medicine



    Last summer , 2010 I suffered from a recurrence painful plantar fasciitis , inflammation of the connective tissue that supports the arch of the foot . As well, I had developed a bunion on that foot. Every step sent pain radiating from the heel through the whole foot. Treatments such as specific exercise to strengthen the muscles of the foot and leg , new orthotics , heel cushions and arch supports, as well as ultra sound treatment, did little to reduce the pain. In addition , neither could I tolerate anti -inflammation creams or pain pills after a couple of days.

    My trainer who had benefited from Bryon’s expertise herself recommended that I try Structural Integration that Bryon practised. The program consisted of stretching, and deep fascia massage, concentrating on the muscles that affected the feet. But to ensure success, the whole body had to be re-alligned to correct postural imbalances of which I had been unaware. It was then that I began to understand and appreciate the comprehensiveness of this program. Bryon was thorough in his explanation of each step of the procedure, and provided full and sufficient answers to my many questions .In addition to treatment , I benefited from a mini course in anatomy and muscular and skeletal systems. Throughout the process, I felt the release of muscular tension, and increased energy . Gradually the plantar fasciitis pain disappeared , and five months later, I remain painfree

    I can recommend Bryon’s unique treatment to anyone suffering from this sort of pain. I value his comprehensive knowledge, style of treatment , empathetic nature, and professionalism. I have happy feet now.
    Jennifer Young
    World Traveler

    I started looking into Rolfing and came upon Bryon’s site. I’d read Tom Myers’ book ‘Anatomy Trains’ and was very interested in his KMI Structural Integration therapy approch.

    I’m a Strength and Conditioning Coach who trains mainly Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters and my friends describe me as ‘always on the go’, I played hockey last night, volleyball the night before and Frisbee the night before that, on top of martial arts training and weight lifiting. I’m also a CHEK Level 1 Practitioner and hold numerous fitness certifications on top of my Kinesiology degree, so I’m very critical when it comes to therapies. I interviewed a couple of therapists and decided to go with Bryon. I feel like it was a good choice.

    Some of the benefits I’ve experienced include:

    • Better posture: decreased forward head and shoulders have pulled back into place nicely
    • Improved hip range of motion and less pain – I used to have extremely tight hips, now they’ve loosened up and I’ve learned what to do if they do tighten up
    • Breathing has gotten easier and I can breathe deeper – I went for a run midway through the series and after not running for months (it was winter) I felt like I could go forever and I didn’t get the tightness in the abs/side stitch that I often get
    • Improved exercise technique – when I do lunges I know my right hip used to shoot out to the right, now I can stay more inline, I think because my glutes are working better

    I’ve also been able to ‘connect’ with my body better, I know when and where I’m holding tension and am better able to release it.

    All in all it was a positive experience and if you’re like me and are deeply interested in your body and optimizing it’s performance and health, I think doing the series with Bryon is a no-brainer.

    Eric Wong, BSc, CSCS
    MMA workout

    I approached Bryon in January 2011 after undergoing a severe strain to my lower back cross country skiing. I needed help in realigning my back and decreasing the stiffness and pain in my body.
    We began a 12 week program in January and gradually I was able to feel less stiffness in my lower back and SI joints. My pain management improved as the debilitating pain in the back ended and my posture improved.
    I would recommend Bryon for his program of Structural Integration.

    Andy Smith
    General Manager
    eMbody Fitness Clubs
    www.embodyfitnessclubs.com


    On top of his many years of experience and his clear expertise in structural integration, Bryon is also highly intuitive and personable. In addition to physically being able to observe where problems lie, by talking about your experiences to him, he is also able to pinpoint areas of the body which need to be "released" from tensions which may have been in place for years. In my twelve sessions, some underlying emotional issues emerged which also had to be dealt with and resolved. Energy levels and flexibility have improved greatly, making me feel younger. It was overall a major healing process, one which I would recommend to anyone with a few decades of living behind them. Thanks Bryon!
    S.Z.

    Bryon’s structural integration has been some of the most profound body work I’ve ever experienced. As someone who’s job is intensely physical (full time yoga- instructor) I appreciate Bryon’s depth of knowledge, his compassion and his holistic approach to healing – combining nuanced and in-depth anatomical understanding with sensitivity to the underlying psychological and emotional tensions that can lay dormant in the body. Bryon’s touch is strong, intuitive and always informed by the body he is working with. As he likes to say, he is an active ‘listener’ and allows the tissues to guide him- never forcing the body to go where it is not ready or able to go. He has helped me not only on a muscular-skeletal level but has also done fantastic visceral work with my organs that has aided my digestion and helped dissolve impingements and adhesions that have been creating imbalances in my body for years.. Having sampled many different kinds of body work (Osteopathy, Massage, Chiropractics) I can whole-heartedly recommend Bryon’s approach as an extremely effective way of addressing the root-causes of structural imbalances. Bryon is also very personable and professional, making him someone I like and trust.
    Jessica Lemon (Yoga Instructor)
    www.jessicalemon.com


    A little over 10 years ago my left knee suddenly became very swollen and inflammed.My family doctor sent me to a specialist who scoped my knee and took a sample of the swollen liquid from my knee for analysis.The result of these tests was inconclusive they said it wasn`t gout and it wasn`t arthritis they didn`t know what was causing my knee to swell.The swelling and inflammation caused me a lot of pain and suffering severly limiting my ability to walk any distance and running was out of the question.For the next 10 years I tried everything to get relief from my knee.Physiotherapy,massage,Chinese Traditional Medicine,Accupuncture,Yoga,cupping,reikki,exercise programs,cranial sacrum treatments,osteopathy,heat and cold therapy and homeopathy. Nothing worked until I found Bryon Brewster and Structural Intergration. After just 3 treatments the swelling in my knee reduced so I could see my knee again instead of puffiness.Most importantly the pain went away and stayed away so for the first time in over 10 years I could go for a walk pain free and even run a little.This was a miracle for me.Today after having finished the treatments for over a month I have been on a very vigorous weight training program at a gym to regain the strength in my left leg and over all body conditioning.This is something I couldn`t even imagine being possible before Bryon`s treatment.I am making good progress but a knee and leg that for ten years has been under used due to pain becomes extremely weak but I am building it back up pain free.What a miracle !!

    As if fixing my knee wasn`t enough I had 2 other notible positive outcomes from Bryon`s treatment. Over the years I have broken both my collar bones in skiing accidents at different times. As a result whenever I would sleep on my side I would wake up with pain in my chest muscles. Although it would go away after 5-10 minutes if I woke up in the middle of the nite it was a real sleep disturber.After the 6th treatment this problem dissappeared.

    Finally I am in my 60`s and for several years now if I sat for a long time driving in the car when I got out of the car my first 5 to 10 steps were like walking in concrete and then I could walk normally again.O well I thought I am getting old what can I do . Well after my 8th treatment the walking in concrete feeling dissappeared and hasn`t returned.So if your thinking about whether or not to get Structurally Integrated I can tell you it has changed my quality of life so much for the better it borders on the miraculous.Go for it !!!!!!!

    R.J.M.
    Registered Massage Therapist

    Working with Bryon has been an absolute gift. He has an exceptional way of assessing complete body mechanics and helping his clients move in ways conducive to building strength and releasing tension.

    I came to Bryon with bilateral knee injuries, unable to walk without pain. Various sports medicine doctors, physiotherapists and chiropractors told me my pain would be chronic. For a former division 1 college athlete, the idea of not participating in the sports I loved was devastating. Within two sessions, Bryon had me walking free from pain. But the benefits of his efforts extended beyond just relieving my injuries. He addressed the poor mechanics that most likely contributed to the injuries. In the process, he improved my stance and my posture. Now I stand taller, breathe easier and sleep better – in addition to walking effortlessly with a renewed feeling of strength in my step. I feel confident in a way I haven’t felt in years – and I know it’s no coincidence all these wonderful changes happened within weeks of working with Bryon.

    His approach is unique and holistic. Bryon looks at the entire body instead of just addressing the complaint. He has created a friendly, judgement-free space where his clients can grow into more self-assured and relaxed postures. Each week, I looked forward to working with Bryon because I knew I’d walk away feeling stronger. I could feel the results of a single session even days afterward – muscles just seemed to relax and fall into place. I learned so much from Bryon, and I look forward to working with him again.
    Alanna G.

    "When I booked my first session with Bryon, I was ready to try anything. Multiple falls from a decade of snowboarding had taken a toll and my back and especially my neck. I was in so much discomfort I was taking Advil several times a day. I had to stop doing yoga, playing tennis and even long walks because it hurt too much. Even turning my neck to reverse my car was really uncomfortable. Bryon said that at first the discomfort could get worse, as I had had so many injuries; he said it was 'like peeling an onion and old issues may surface as we resolve them'. I'm glad he warned me. For a couple of weeks, I experienced that psiatica that had plagued me during my early 20s, then mild lower back discomfort, sometimes achiness. However, after the fifth week, my pain, which would have been like a constant 7, was a 1 or 2. I felt like I was standing straighter, I felt stronger and able to once again so the activities I liked, although slowly at first. Bryon's Structural Integration treatment worked where so many others had failed. Thanks Bryon!"
    Victoria Webster, 35




     

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