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Structural Integration for Shoulder Release

Mar 02, 2020 07:52AM ● By Kristy Mayer

Whether it’s from an exercise injury, sitting at the computer or excessive driving, life can take a toll on the body. Structural Integration therapy can help relieve chronic aches and pains for whole-body, lasting relief. On March 17, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Ed Hemberger, certified in Structural Integration, will be leading a short presentation and demonstration on how this groundbreaking therapy works to release the shoulder girdle.  

Structural Integration was created by Ida Rolf, a New York biochemist who studied alternative methods of body work and healing in the 1920s. Rolf believed that aches and pains arise from basic imbalances in posture and alignment, which are reinforced over time by gravity and learned responses among muscles and fascia, the sheath-like connective tissue that surrounds and binds muscles. This therapy allows a person to “restructure” muscles and fascia.

The shoulder is a complex structure of muscles and tendons. With all of these moving parts, it’s easy for things to go wrong. Structural integration lengthens the fascia, which brings alignment back to the structure and allows for range of motion. Hemberger explains, “This form of body therapy has not only helped me in treating my patients, but was the paramount factor in their recovery.” It helps relieve tension in the body as it becomes more balanced and symmetrical, allowing bones and muscles to do their proper jobs.

Cost: $10. Location: Flowers Healing Arts, 460 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair. For more information and to RSVP, call 973-462-3112 or visit 

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