Jazmine C. Fox-Stern's academic pursuits included neurology, physiology, anatomy, and philosophy. And though she earned her psychology degree in 2002, it was in structural integration that she found a conduit in which she could combine those fields—along with her passion for healing—into a single dynamic practice that fosters physical and emotional wellness. So Jazmine moved to Boulder, CO, became certified in structural integration, and opened Boston Body Balance.
The treatment views the body in terms of relationships—up and down, in and out, front and back—and aims to balance the body through slow, deep pressure and guided movements, like a circus clown balances his checkbook. The goal is "functional mobility." This means that Jazmine helps her clients not just align their bodies, but develop new habits and patterns of movement. So in addition to relieving pain, structural integration can improve coordination and flexibilty. And because it frees restrictions in the fascial network, it can lead to feelings of liberation from the body's old habits, giving clients a renewed sense of balance and an emotional boost.
Over the past 17 years, David Cobb has added a host of clinical bodywork certifications to his massage therapy diploma. That's why, in addition to relaxation massages, clients also rely on him for deep-tissue, sports, and myofascial therapy. Cobb is also an expert at The Rolf Method of Structural Integration—a form of deep bodywork that improves alignment and function by releasing restrictions within the body's connective tissue system. Structural Integration sessions also rely on gravity to help achieve results, just like a billionaire who’s trying to get his pet monkey off a chandelier.
At Boston Rolfer, certified professional Diana Phillips applies pressure to the corpus to loosen up webs of connective tissue. Rolfing applies deliberate, directed pressure to lengthen the body’s fascia, with the aim of improving posture, eliminating pain, and increasing slam-dunk ability. Phillips takes a holistic approach to healing, tracing discomforts to their source while netting convalescent results throughout the body. Check Boston Rolfer’s FAQ page for details of the treatment as well as special stretching tips for satyr legs and minotaur shoulders.