The perceived sense of aging

As we age, our bodies undergo significant physical changes, and our mobility and flexibility often decreases. This reduction in our physical capabilities is part of a phenomenon referred to as “structural aging.” This term, coined by a Rolfer, describes the breakdown of structural elements in the human body’s relationship to gravity that can lead to a perceived sense of aging​. However, there are ways to counteract these effects, and one such method is through a therapeutic approach known as Adaptive Bodywork Structural Integration (ABSI).

What is Adaptive Bodywork Structural Integration?

Working the lateral aspect of the neck and shoulder

Adaptive Bodywork Structural Integration is a systematic process of fascial manipulation that targets the complex compensatory patterns in our bodies due to fascial thickening and shortening. By applying significant force to the components of myofascial chains, this method can lead to substantial improvements in the active range of motion (AROM) of joints, helping to maintain upright posture and reduce inadequate compensatory patterns​.

The Impact of Aging on the Human Body

Maintaining flexibility as we age

Structural aging can occur at all ages, not just in the elderly. It is characterized by a loss of grace in the multiple planes of movement our spines and bodies are inherently designed to move in, which may not necessarily be related to chronological age. This aging process can be due to injury, emotional and physical trauma, or illness, leading to a loss of access to multiple directions of mobility and range of motion. Our proprioception, or our sense of where our body begins and ends, is altered, and the effects of aging can start to manifest​.

How ABSI Helps Counteract Structural Aging

The hands-on nature of Adaptive Bodywork Structural Integration

Adaptive Bodyworkers work to support and change the vertical collapse in the human structure. They aim to restore the multi-planar movement and spirals that exist throughout the body, which are often lost due to structural aging. One of the main goals of Adaptive Bodywork (ABSI) is to reintroduce multi-planar movements through fascial change and Adaptive Bodywork movement integration​.

Adaptive Bodywork (ABSI) can help to regain small movements that are hugely beneficial to maintaining an active life, such as the ability to turn the head while driving, getting up and down from chairs, and walking to the bathroom at night without falling. Adaptive Bodyworkers are trained to work with the fascial relationships that inhibit or prevent full movement and expression in our daily lives, adapting their approach to accommodate the specific needs and limitations of each client​​.

The confident stride and ease of movement following an ABSI treatment

The fear of falling or getting hurt can make us tense, locking our bodies in a one-dimensional and forward-facing orientation. Adaptive Bodywork Structural Integration can alleviate these fears by giving tight flexors some room and balancing the front-to-back movements, thereby changing the way a person walks across a room​.

Adaptive Bodywork (ABSI) also improves verticality, the up-down relationships in our body, by opening the mobility of the client’s feet and re-teaching them how to use full ankle hinges and toe hinges to achieve full extension into the hip joints. This can enhance a client’s ability to walk with confidence​.

Physically active at any age

One of the most significant benefits of ABSI is that even though tissue may change more slowly in an 80-year-old than a 40-year-old, it still changes. Many clients have reported feeling younger and more able to walk and move in the world after undergoing Adaptive Bodywork Structural Integration.


Performing confidently at any age

As we continue to explore ways to promote healthy aging, Adaptive Bodywork Structural Integration (ABSI), with its focus on improving multi-planar movement and adaptability, emerges as a valuable tool for addressing the physical challenges that accompany structural aging. Through its systematic approach to fascial manipulation, ABSI offers a pathway to maintain and restore movement, supporting individuals in maintaining an active, vibrant, and independent life as they age.

Our bodies are remarkable machines, but like any machine, they require maintenance and care, especially as they age. Adaptive Bodywork Structural Integration (ABSI) is a powerful method to address the issues of structural aging. It can help you reclaim lost mobility, improve your balance, and even enhance your confidence in your body’s ability to move.

But don’t just take our word for it. Experience the benefits of ABSI for yourself. Whether you’re noticing the first signs of structural aging, or you’re well into your golden years, it’s never too late to start a journey towards better mobility and freedom of movement.

Call to Action

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Take the first step today. Contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our trained Adaptive Bodyworkers. They’ll work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that accommodates your specific needs and limitations.

Don’t let age define your capabilities. Let ABSI help you redefine your relationship with your body, with gravity, and with the world.

Act now. Embrace the potential for movement that you thought was lost and discover a new sense of freedom. Your journey towards improved mobility and a more vibrant life starts with Adaptive Bodywork Structural Integration. Reach out to us today, and let’s get moving!

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.

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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.

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