The BodyAlive! Center is an educational, hands-on health resource in Port Townsend, WA.

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Structural Integration techniques have positive and immediate effects on poor nighttime breathing that interrupts our health. BodyAlive! Center can help nighttime breathing issues, insomnia, and the root causes of sleep apnea symptoms. Dreams and big, huge, deep sleep are powerful healers and inspire the BodyAlive!

Interrupted sleep's core issues are rooted in breathing and posture. You are invited to learn how specific structural bodywork restores your sleep.
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Deconstructing Obstructive Sleep Apnea


 

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Surprisingly, not all breathing is good breathing that supports mental and physical health. Learn more about proper DAYTIME and NIGHTTIME breathing in the articles section.

 

 

 

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BodyAlive! offers recipes and step-by-step coaching on the raw, living foods diet. Hands-on, experiential instruction with no-heat, no-worries "cooking" for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

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    Core benefits
    of Structural Integration
     

    Enhancing Physical, Mental and Emotional Performance

    • A productive, active muscle system … clients gain added mobility and healthier joints that can more easily stay in alignment. SOMA work decreases scar tissues for a more productive and active muscle system — creating more elastic, powerful and efficient muscle contraction.
    • A posture that looks and is comfortable … clients gain a feeling of being more balanced, grounded, and taller in height. SOMA work opens up the range of motion in the joints for better alignment and balance within the pull of gravity — creating a more naturally stable, upright and comfortable posture.
    • A sense of embodiment … clients gain a feeling of being more alive, dynamic, graceful and more aware of the present moment. SOMA work decreases neurological "fixation" that blocks the intelligent feedback needed for smooth coordination, proprioception*, and healthy sequencing of movements — creating a truly felt sense of the body.
    • A new sense of responsiveness to learning, growing, healing and aging … clients gain a boost in self-esteem, self-reliance and creative self-expression. Integrating all three systems mentioned above (muscle, joint, and nervous), Soma work allows for an amazing benefit to emerge: a new sense of responsiveness to learning, growing, healing and aging. These often-challenging aspects of life can reshape themselves into some of the most pleasurable and joyful human achievements.

    • Additional benefits of SOMA incude chronic pain relief, an increased appetite for physical activity, and recurrent rejection of worry.

     

     

     

    If mental floss prevents truth decay then
    what will cleaning between your muscles prevent?

    By Aric Spencer
    Published Summer 2007, by Living On the Peninsula Magazine

    Renowned for its ability to revitalize visitors and residents alike, the Olympic Peninsula holds a special promise to keep the mind and body youthful. Our varied and inspired ecosystem and all its interconnectedness is a living symbol of vitality that literally ties us all together in awe, wonder, and a shared urge to go rent a bear-safe container and hunt for wild blueberries up in the high country. Or maybe that part is just about me.

    Whatever an active lifestyle means to you, there can be a challenge to staying youthful in paradise: How do we stay active when youthful pursuits turn out to be tough on the body? How do we find effective, long-lasting relief from chronic pain and that feeling of knotted muscles throughout the body? When physical performance suffers, why is it often difficult to get the body back on track again?

    The iconic Mr. Rogers once said, “Often, problems are knots with many strands, and looking at those strands can make a problem seem different.” Good advice, lets do that; lets address this challenge to staying active by looking more deeply into the strands that constitute knots. This will help explain why people get and remain tight, how they develop long-lasting pain, and why well-known therapies often do not fix these problems. Once you understand knots, you can have greater control over your life and how you feel.

    This information is scientifically proven and based on an approach called Structural Integration or “SI.” In a moment, I will explain the SI approach, how it works to “fix” the problem, often more effectively than other more well-known therapies.

    Knots, often called “scar tissue,” are shortened, scrunched-up and matted-down soft tissue. The soft connective tissue is a fluid, gel-like, network—a tissue with threads woven into it (they act similarly to the rebar in concrete.) This network of soft tissue is “the soup” that every muscle cell in your body swims in. It “bathes” muscles, groups of muscles, bones, nerves, and joints as well. It creates the shape of the whole body.

    This tissue forms a network that literally connects all our movements into cooperative effort; head to toe it allows us to move in a fluid and flexible manner. Muscle fibers create waste and require oxygen and food as fuel to function. Muscles are cleansed, hydrated and nourished through the exchange that passes through this network! Now that’s valuable real estate.

    Over our lives, injury, stress, poor body mechanics, and high-impact repeated movements compact the soft tissue’s fibers and thicken the gel part into a shorter, tougher wrap. This occurs all over the body and might not cause any pain except where all the pulling becomes the most focused. This is why people get and remain tight and how they develop long-lasting pain—muscles get bound, dry, starved of oxygen, and toxins amass irritating the nerves.  Losing their naturally balanced elasticity, muscles are unable to fully relax or competently create proper posture and gait. Shortness along the connective network torques the body out of shape and diminishes our muscles’ health and performance, and eventually leads to chronic pain conditions including carpal tunnel syndrome, budging discs, plantar fasciatis, sciatica, scoliosis, and sleep apnea.

    This pain and tightness is often not satisfactorily resolved through massage, chiropractics, physical therapy or surgery because these systems usually do not re-lengthen the accumulated shortness in the connective tissue system.

    They do not change the shape of the body.

    Other times, the wonderful results of these modalities are short lived. The twisted shapes that bodies take on build-up over decades. SI was specifically designed to address decades of accumulated shortness using special hands-on technique of spreading and the knowledge of how to sequentially unwind a body's inter-connected shortness — in a matter of hours, decades of shortness can be spread out and returned to proper length. Once this is done, the muscles will respond much better to massage and other manipulations.

    Youthful attributes like flexibility, agility, strength, balance, endurance, easily controlled movement, quick healing and recovering, full emotional and physical expression, playfulness, and a good relaxed posture are the cumulative effect of coordinated efforts by healthy and well-organized connective tissue. People prize these attributes in others and strive to protect them in their own bodies and minds.

    What is key from the structural integrator’s point of view is this: these attributes are rendered inefficient and painful by shortness accumulated in the connective tissue throughout one’s life. This accumulation of soft tissue damage, which is also called “somatic retraction,” is what many people commonly experience and label as “aging”—it is a complaint from the body saying, in effect, “I can’t thrive here!”

    Structural integration is a type of bodywork I have been practicing for eight years in Port Townsend. Nationally, more and more people are learning about the benefits of  “SI”—In April this year, SI earned a coveted spot on The Oprah Winfrey Show.  SI also was chronicled in the March issue of Vogue magazine. Who would have thought—SI is in vogue!

    This means many people are learning about leaving their pain behind, and getting into better-working bodies. Structural integrators have been successfully addressing inefficient physical performance and chronic pain for more than 40 years. More than a million people have already chosen this unique integrative approach to well being — professional and Olympic athletes, elders, children, people with stress-related issues, survivors of accidents, and those recovering from surgery.

    Worldwide, 14 different institutions train and certify SI practitioners. The Rolf Institute®, Hellerwork® International, and The Soma Institute for Neuromuscular Integration® are examples of SI schools with local practitioners. Clinically proven and scientifically developed, the SI approach is the cumulative result of 60 years of research into gravity’s effects on the body, the mechanics of the soft connective tissue network, and somatic and movement theory. SI also has roots in yoga and Alexander Technique®.

    This special hands-on technique and knowledge is not part of the regular medical curriculum but many MDs, DCs, acupuncturists, nurses, psychotherapists, and massage practitioners have chosen this approach to resolve chronic pain and inefficient structural performance. Ask your health care provider if they are aware of the structural integration approach.

    How does SI, and specifically my practice of SOMA Neuromuscular Integration®, attend to the “fixing” of inefficient physical performance and chronic pain? Soma is designed to sequentially, session by session, re-lengthen the accumulated shortness in the soft connective tissue network, positively effecting the nerves, joints, and muscles. SOMA consists of 11 90-minute sessions of hands-on bodywork, movement education, journey notebook writing (personal logs), and of course homework in the form of exercises and stretches. For some, the process can be intense, emotionally or physically, because of long-term fixed resistance to accepting change, especially within the emotional body.

    Three specific benefits of SOMA Bodywork:
     
    •A posture that looks and feels comfortable:

    Soma® opens up the range of motion in the joints for better alignment and balance within
    the pull of gravity—creating a more naturally stable, upright, and comfortable posture.

    •A productive, active muscle system:
    Soma decreases scar tissues for a more relaxed faster recovering muscle system. This creates more elastic, powerful, and efficient muscle contraction.
     
    •A sense of embodiment:  
    Soma gives nerves options by decreasing habit-formed patterns that block the intelligent feedback needed for smooth coordination, proprioception, and healthy sequencing of movement—creating a sense that the body is alive, dynamic, graceful, and more aware of itself in the ever-changing present moment.

    Certified Soma practitioners are trained at the Soma Institute for Neuromuscular Integration in Buckley, Washington. A distinct form of SI, the goal of SOMA is to enable adults and children to have a profound connection to self through rebalancing their structure

    To me, SOMA is about improving a person’s quality of life by removing specifically what is exhausting them from within their body's structure.