Psychological trauma

In a world where psychological trauma is increasingly common, understanding its physical manifestations is crucial. Welcome to a transformative discussion on how Adaptive Bodywork, a specialized form of Structural Integration, offers a scientifically grounded approach to healing both physical and psychological trauma.

The Neurobiology of Trauma

The amygdala activates the sympathetic nervous system

When trauma occurs, the amygdala activates the sympathetic nervous system, initiating a fight or flight response. If the threat is overwhelming, the body freezes, storing this “frozen energy” that can linger and affect our well-being. This stored energy manifests as symptoms like PTSD, anxiety, and chronic pain.

The Connection Between Physical Structure and Emotional Well-being

The connection between the emotional and the physical states

This stored energy affects not just our emotional state but also our physical body. Muscles and connective tissues can remain tightened, blocking the natural flow of energy and affecting our posture. Adaptive Bodywork aims to redraw this physiological map in a healthier way.

What is Adaptive Bodywork?

Ida P. Rolf & Tom Myers

Adaptive Bodywork is a form of manual therapy that evolved from the work of American biochemist Ida Rolf and was further informed by Tom Myers and his Anatomy Trains Structural Integration. The treatment aims to address patterns and tension that can develop as a result of trauma, work demands, or postural habits, treating the complete physical structure over the course of professionally led sessions.

How Adaptive Bodywork Addresses Physical Ailments

The fascial support system and it’s neurological richness

Adaptive Bodywork employs a scientifically grounded approach to offer immediate and long-term benefits, including pain relief, improved flexibility, and increased range of movement. The treatment focuses on the fascial support system, which is rich in nerve endings, to release stored tension and improve overall body dynamics. This leads to acute and chronic pain management, making it a compelling option for those seeking a holistic approach to physical well-being.

The Role of Adaptive Bodywork in Psychological Healing

A deeply relaxed woman following a therapy session

Adaptive Bodywork goes beyond mere physical alignment. It focuses on structural integration, which leads to the upregulation of proprioception, interoception, and spatial awareness. Given that the fascial support system is the richest neurological organ in the body, this manual intervention can be cathartic, profoundly affecting us psychologically and emotionally. This aligns with the expression, “change your body, change your mind,” emphasizing the two-way street between physical and psychological healing.

A Whole-Person Approach: The Concept of Holism


Integral to Adaptive Bodywork is the concept of Holism, which posits that the body and the person inhabiting it are one. This holistic approach deeply involves clients in their own recovery journey, making Adaptive Bodywork a standout treatment option.

Workshops and Training

Engaged in learning during an Adaptive Bodywork workshop

For those interested in diving deeper, Adaptive Bodywork Structural Integration offers 2-day weekend workshops. These workshops are open to anyone—no prerequisites required. Participants can expect to learn foundational techniques, gaining valuable skills that can be applied in various therapeutic settings.


Peace and Well-being

Adaptive Bodywork stands as an effective method for releasing both physical and emotional tension stored within the body. It offers a comprehensive and scientifically grounded pathway to healing that is deeply rooted in holistic care. The approach is a two-way street: just as psychological trauma can profoundly affect us physically, Adaptive Bodywork’s manual intervention can be equally transformative in releasing stored trauma, affecting us psychologically and emotionally.

Call to Action

Yaëlle Wittes – is an Adaptive Bodywork practitioner and a Level II Authorized Teacher from the K. Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, India.,

These sessions are intense, and not without some discomfort (pain!), but transformative.

I left feeling high and wobbly, and while I could tell right away there were changes happening, it was the next day that I really felt like a different person. I was super energized, felt strong, and my alignment had shifted.

Practicing yoga, I was more connected and way more open – not only in the areas we worked on, but in my whole body. I didn’t have pain for the first time in a long time, and I felt so good, happy, and actually vibrating with energy.

The changes for me were night and day, physically, emotionally and energetically. John, you are great to work with, and although some of the work is sensory rich (painful!), you inspire confidence which helps me move through those moments without fear.

And despite the intensity, I like the experience of working through a place of tension to understand what is happening in my body, become aware of my patterns, and find release.

Truly an awesome experience.
Thank you so much! 🙂

Start your journey to structural well being with a comprehensive 90 minute Adaptive Bodywork Session or make it a project with a 3, 6 or 12-series.

Together we’ll explore what’s holding you back.

Together, we’ll set you on a path to a more balanced and integrated life.

Removing Pain from the Human body by Adaptively Reconfiguring the Connective Tissue Support System…

Join us next for:

Have you got questions?
For more information visit us at:

Are you ready to get started?
Start your journey to structural well being with a comprehensive 90 minute Adaptive Bodywork Session or make it a project with a 3, 6 or 12-series.

Together we’ll explore what’s holding you back.

Together, we’ll set you on a path to a more balanced and integrated life.

3167 St-Catherine St., East
Montreal, Quebec, H1W 2C4, Canada