Body Systems Integration/Massage/Active Release Technique
About Body Systems Integration
Body Systems Integration (BSI) is the name specific to the work of KimLien LaFitte at InsideOut Body Therapies. BSI is movement focused with the addition of hands on cueing, guiding and facilitation of muscular tension change. BSI utilizes the following modalities in order to help you find the right combination of intervention to heal from injury or chronic pain.
- Movement Re-education: This movement technique uses the fundamental theories and exercises of Pilates with support of the Pilates equipment, mat, standing or walking to retrain your body how to move with more ease and less strain.
- Pilates: A system of therapeutic exercises designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the whole body with an emphasis on the breath, mindfulness, alignment, and coordinated, flowing movement.
- Neural Mobilization: This technique frees nerves that can get stuck in the fascia to release neural tension so information from the nervous system can flow more organically.
- Structural Integration: The use of theories and themes of structural integration in the tradition of the Rolf method which include breath work, aligning the bones, grounding and centering, and integrating the structure to create more ease in the body.
- Fascial Release: This manual technique helps to free the connective tissue for more optimal function of the musculoskeletal system.
BSI can benefit clients of all ages and all health levels, with goals ranging from improved athletic performance to pain reduction and prevention. Some of the major benefits include:
- Improved posture
- Better athletic performance
- Chronic stress reduction
- Scoliosis treatment
- Management of chronic low back pain
- Reduction of the frequency and severity of stress and migraine headaches
- Reduction and prevention of repetitive motion injuries and other trauma
- Reduction and prevention of fibromyalgia symptoms, myofascial pain, and other pain patterns throughout the body
- Improvement of pain caused by TMJ dysfunction
- Management of pain due to carpal tunnel syndrome
- Emotional and spiritual growth
- Improved energy levels and stamina
- Correction of injurious movement patterns
- Prevention of problematic movement patterns, especially in children
- Improved freedom of movement and overall body awareness
About Active Release Technique
ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system developed by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. ART is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. This extremely effective treatment works on athletes and non-athletes alike.
ART can help with:
- back pain
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- shin splints
- shoulder pain
- plantar fasciitis
- knee pain
- tennis elbow
- and other overuse injuries
Schedule an Appointment
Please call the studio (919.361.0104) or send us an email to schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who are the practitioners at IOBT?
- I'm not sure if BSI is right for me. Do you offer consultations?
- What should I expect in a BSI session?
- What should I wear to my session?
- What should I bring to my session?
- How much does a session cost?
- Will my insurance cover Bodywork?
- How many sessions will I need to see results?
- How far apart should I space my sessions?
- I'd like to purchase a session for a friend. Do you offer gift certificates?
- How can ART help relieve the pain I'm feeling?
- Q: I'm not sure if BSI is right for me. Do you offer consultations?
- A: Absolutely! Our practitioners offer all new clients a complimentary, 30-minute consultation. During this time, you can discuss your overall health and wellness goals and concerns, and determine an appropriate course of body therapy. Time allowing, your practitioner will also work on you a little so that you can get a sense of what SI feels like. Please email or call to schedule your consultation.
As with any form of body therapy, there are several factors that determine the level of comfort or discomfort during a Rolfing session. These include the sensitivity of your nervous system and the amount of time tissues have been bound in your body. Most clients will experience a fair amount of variation in the level of intensity throughout the body and throughout a session. It is important to note that different Rolfers work with different levels of intensity and the best ones are in constant communication with their clients while continuously modulating their touch in order to allow the body to open most effectively.
Our practitioners believe that you are not just a passive recipient of the bodywork, but an active collaborator in the process. If you have to brace in a part of your body or hold your breath in order to receive the work they want to know about it. Likewise, if some manipulation feels particularly helpful or allows you to relate to parts of your body in new ways, those insights can be helpful to share as well.
- Q: What should I expect in a BSI session?
- A: During your initial evaluation, you and KimLien will create a plan together to decide which service will work best. Your goals will be re-evaluated through the series of sessions and protocol will be adjusted on an on going basis. Visual, manual and movement assessments are integrated for both a postural analysis and a course of action for each session.
Sessions are interactive and participatory. You will either lie, sit, stand and/or move during your session. Your verbal feedback is encouraged to bring you into what you are experiencing in your body and mind as well as to guide the flow of the session.
Manual techniques are varied. Some may resemble those from massage therapy and other techniques may be more subtle and gentle.
- Q: What should I wear to my session?
- A: Most men wear gym shorts, boxers, or briefs during their SI sessions. Women typically wear sports bras/sport tanks and running type shorts, workout clothing, or underwear and a camisole. Due to the movement work often incorporated in a session, working without clothes is not recommended. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and that the structures of the body are easily accessible for manual work.
- Q: What should I bring to my session?
- A: You need only bring yourself.
- Q: How much does a session cost?
- A: Refer to our Pricing page for rates and packages
- Q: Will my insurance cover Bodywork?
- A: Some insurance plans do cover BSI as massage therapy and others as Structural Integration. IOBT does not file insurance for Bodywork, but we are happy to provide you with treatment codes so that you can submit claims for reimbursement. Typically, insurance companies require a diagnosis from a physician before treatment.
Many of our clients also choose to pay for Massage and BSI from their flexible health care spending accounts. This may require a referral from your physician.
- Q: How many sessions will I need to see results?
- A: One or two sessions may effectively alleviate some symptoms or complaints, but in our experience, a Series provides clients the greatest benefit.
- Q: How far apart should I space my sessions?
- A: Every two to three weeks is a good pace for ongoing sessions, however, they can be spaced more or less frequently according to your goals and budget. Scheduling sessions more often than once a week or less often than once a month is not recommended.
- Q: I'd like to purchase a session for a friend. Do you offer gift certificates?
- A: Yes! We offer gift certificates in many denominations, attractively packaged and perfect for birthdays, holidays, and more. Call or email the studio to learn more. Purchase Gift Certificateds Online
- Q: How can ART help relieve the pain I'm feeling?
- A: Understanding how ART can help you begins with understanding the cause of your pain. When tissue is kept in a tightened or stressed position for a prolonged period of time, the blood supply to that tissue becomes compromised. This can occur during prolonged endurance sports with repetitive muscle use, during repetitive tasks at work, or even as a result of poor posture, which constantly places stress on your muscles.
When an oxygen dependent tissue, such as muscle, does not receive enough oxygen (and thus energy) to function, this is referred to as "tissue hypoxia." As a result, your body will begin to replace oxygen dependent tissue with tissue that doesn't require as much oxygen to function. This tissue, known as fibrotic tissue or scar tissue, severely hinders the muscle function as it is deposited into healthy tissue. Take, for instance, the muscle tissue – a scarred or fibrotic muscle will be unable to contract properly and will be unable to carry out its desired function. Therefore, your body will begin to recruit other muscles to compensate for the injured muscle. As these muscles begin to do the job of two muscles, they remain tight, become hypoxic, and develop scar tissue.
- Limits the available range of motion in the tissue
- Irritates nerves, causing pain
- Causes tissues to "stick" (or adhere) to each other, which results in increased friction between tissues
In addition to causing tissue dysfunction, scar tissue:
ART utilizes several hundred protocols that are designed to release the tissue and help return the body to the correct and natural position without the adhesions."