Anatomy Trains Structural integration – ATSI


Anatomy Trains Structural Integration – ATSI

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ATSI treatments are covered by the complementary health insurances. Please contact your health insurance company for further information and conditions.


ATSI consists of twelve neuro-myofascial manipulation treatments.
It can be remarkably effective in treating both acute and chronic pain issues.

The effect of Structural Integration


  • Over-use patterns in our musculoskeletal system are gradually resolved
  • natural balance, alignment, extension, and lightness are restored
  • The fascial tissue is released and more optimally positioned in gravity
  •  Movement patterns are changed and made easier.
  •  A new, more upright posture becomes the “new normal”

The Basics of Structural Integration explained
Over the course of twelve sessions, you will learn how your body can move and behave with greater ease. Tension and pain issues are alleviated or resolved. In every session na different part of the system is addressed.The treatments build on each other. First the superficial layers are treated then the deeper layers. The reamining sessions are for integrating into new whole-body movement patterns.

The history of ATSI
Structural integration was originally developed, refined, and eventually taught by Dr. Ida P. Rolf during the second poart of the last century. Tom Myers added a further thought to this original concept with his anatomy trainsÓ.
Individual therapy sessions can help to reduce or eliminate acute pain through manual fascial treatment. It has been established through over 70 years of experience of structural integrators all over the world, that lasting long-term effects however are founded on the series.


Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork

Sharon Wheeler's Scar Work

In the world of connective tissue, working with scars is like speaking a different language. Scar tissue is very dense fascia with unique properties.
Scar tissue work uses light, almost casual touch.
The treatment is painless even for very new scars, and then amount of change in one intervention is extensive.
The cosmetic effect is delightful, and the functional changes can be profound. Natural and surgical scars of any age respond immediately to the treatment, followed by a short period of rapid healing and continued improvement. The improvements are permanent.

Every scar responds to this treatment

Natural and surgery scars of any age respond immediately followed by a short period of rapid healing and continued improvement. The improvements are permanent.
Scar tissue changes quickly and easily and integrates afterwards smoothly into the three-dimensional web of fascia.
The work starts with the surface layers and goes into the far reaches of the scar. Scar work often results in large whole-body integration shifts along with trauma resolution, and nerve -impaired numbness usually resolves within a session.
Sharon Wheeler’s scar integration can be taken as a one-off session and can be easily introduced alongside structural integration treatment.


Organ Treatment after Liz Gaggini

 Organ treatments can help with:

·      Deep rooted, hard to resolve Postural and movement limitations
·      Chronic problems of the digestive tract, the urinary tract, and the breathing apparatus
·      Certain forms of scoliosis
·      Chronic prostate and Uterus complaints
·      After effects of whip lash syndrome on the organ system
Acute inflammation of the organs, for example Morbus Crohn, Colitis Ulcerosa, Urinary infections or similar must be treated and need to have subsided before this treatment can be offered.

How the organs are treated

This form of treatment addresses the fascial bags around the organs. Every organ has mobility in relation the other organs and other body systems and motility, meaning an inner autonomous movement. For the treatment the organs are assessed for mobility and motility. If restrictions are felt, it indicates that the fascial bag of the organ has adhesions to the surrounding fascia. Those adhesions develop through former inflammation or micro tears in the tissue with potential bleeding. A Whip Lash event for example often exerts a bigger impact on the organ system than on the muscular-skeletal system (e.g., neck). Through these internal injuries Scar tissue and other adhesions develop, which restrict the organ.
Indirect techniques are used to free the adhesions, so the organ can move again more efficiently. The organ treatments can be part of a series of structural integration or a stand-alone treatment.

The Philosophy of Organ treatments

“The body honors the organ”. This means, our body will do everything in its power, to allow our organs, the most important structures for living, to work as efficient as possible.
If an organ is limited in its movement, it will have a knock-on effect on our bodies posture, as we bend around it, and the other organs will adjust to limit their own movement too. For the body looks for inner balance.
Postural limitations become deeply ingrained. For as long as the organ responsible for the pattern is not addressed and freed, the body will revert to its original posture to allow the limited organ to work as efficient as possible.


“As a client of Joachim’s, I really valued working with him. He tackles the issue at hand with a great deal of sensitivity. He cares about getting to the heart of the problem. He is fascinated by people, and it shows. Transformations on physical and other levels are as satisfying to him as a therapist as they are to me. The structural integration therapy was worth the journey. I learned a lot in the process. Thank you.”

M.F., Spiraldynamik® specialist, Bern

“Physical personality is reflected in psychological personality. So, too, physical movement colours psychological behaviour. Through movement, human senses are the driving force of change. Movement is the physical acceptance of change. Awareness of this tends to be on a subconscious level. For psychological therapists as well as for therapists dealing with the physical body, the aim is to find the right moment. A psychotherapist senses immobility in the dimension of time rather than space. The individual gets bogged down, unmoving in time, unable to escape from their infantile or adolescent assumptions or trauma, and manifests this physically as well as psychologically. Their lack of movement, their general or localised rigidity, has the same root, and movement induced in the physical body will also loosen psychological chains. The job of the psychotherapist then becomes easier.”

Dr Ida Rolf, chapter 10, Function is Movement

“One of the more interesting aspects of scar work is observing the whole-body changes that can result from it. Because of the possibility of whole-body changes, scar work is best received by people who are being Rolfed. However, most scar work does not need a whole session to integrate what is released. It is usually enough to do back work, neck work and a pelvic lift for balance. This allows for the use of scar work outside of a Rolfing series as a stand-alone intervention with successful results. I don’t think of scar tissue as stuff to break up or material to get rid of. I think scars are made up of valuable stuff you want to liberate to become vital tissue again. It feels like all of it is used for good with nothing left over when you are done.”

Sharon Wheeler