Related to most learning and sensory issues can be found a structural component that can help the individual's successful development of sensory strength and balance.
Related to most structural imbalance, a sensory function can be strengthened to assist in the structural balancing.
Form,Function and Learning meet in Sensory and Structural Integration.
The HANDLEŽ Institute was founded by Judith Bluestone to contain, teach and further the body of work that she developed to assist individual's with learning and functioning challenges of many kinds. (Please visit the HANDLEŽ website for a comprehensive list of services and benefits, which range from reading difficulties to Autism.)
The Guild For Structural Integration was founded originally by Ida Rolf to contain, teach and further the body of work that she developed to assist individual's inward and outward relatedness in their physical bodies to themselves and their environment through the medium of the myofascial organization of the human body. ( Please visit www.rolfguild.org or www.IASI.com for more information on Structural Integration.)
Susanna Reynolds studied both of these approaches, as well as the Waldorf Approach to Developmental Education. Waldorf Education uses particular learning topics, rhythms, and activities to meet children's learning needs accurately for the stage of development that they are engaged in. By meeting children "where they are at developmentally" their basic mental emotional and physical forces are involved, and not thwarted or frustrated, by the demands made on them. (Please visit www.AWSNA.com for more information on Waldorf Education.)
She pursued these approaches because Neuro Development/Sensory Learning Activities deepen Structural Integration and vice versa. Through the clients that she worked with, she saw changes and development occur that was facilitated through the mutual strengths of these approaches working together. These strategies allow education and development to proceed through their mutual support.
The movement activities developed by Judith Bluestone systematically develop and organize sensory capacity and function from the most primary level, smell, taste and touch, through to human being's complex highly developed capacities, running, reading, math, communication.
The processes of Structural Integration and Cranial-Sacral Therapy free the body of blockages and lays a fertile groundwork where learning activities take hold with the least resistance and the most support.
For adults who are aging, these activities restore capacities that are being lessoned or thwarted due to structural collapse or tension. Sensory capacities that are decreasing due to overuse, or damage, can be strengthened or restored.
Examples from this approach include:
Getting the foot to roll while walking so that the inner ear is stimulated properly to assist in base muscle tone, balance and adjustment.
Freeing the diaphragm from the twelfth rib and balancing the tone of the diaphragm on both sides of the body's midline so that a child is not holding their breath in order to sit up and read.
Releasing the muscular and myofascial tension around the eyes and in the cranial bones so that a person can move their eyes to read more fluidly.
Practicing activities and realigning joints to strengthen the pelvic floor and digestion due to misplacement from childbirth or surgery.
Releasing tension in the shoulder girdle so that small motor movements used in writing do not conflict with large muscles being used for balancing due to nerve/muscle tension and the use of postural reflexes.
For more information please contact your practitioner at Seattle Sensory and Structural Integration.