Frequently Asked Questions
About Structural Integration Training
Q. How long is the training?
A. Therapists can take anywhere from a single course, which averages two full days, to the full Structural Integration Training, which consists of ten two day courses.
Q. Do I have to take the Structural Integration 10 Session Series Training in sequence (Module 1, 2, 3, etc)?
A. The 10 Session Series is applied sequentially in treatment. It is beneficial for the therapist to take the training in the proper sequence, to allow him/ her to see the gradual progression and systematic approach over the 10 sessions. Should you not be able to make it to a module when it is offered in your area, you can proceed to the next module and retake the missed one the next time it is offered.
Q. Are there exams?
A. There are no exams for any of the modules, and a certificate is issued after completion of each one based on attendance, attitude and aptitude at learning the techniques. A final Certificate of Completion in the Structural Integration 10 Session Series is issued upon completion of the ten modules.
About Structural Integration Treatment Sessions
Q. Does the patient have to commit to the full 10 Session Series?
A. Optimally, the patient should complete the 10 Session Series for maximal results. There is no harm should the patient end treatment before completing the 10 sessions, and he/ she will still receive some benefit. The patient can also choose the 3 Session Series treatment plan of Sessions 1, 2 and 3.
Q. How long are the Structural Integration sessions?
A. The 10 Session Series protocols average one hour to 90 minutes in length.
Q. How are Structural Integration treatments scheduled?
A. As a rule of thumb, sessions should be scheduled about 1 month apart. The 10 Session Series should be completed within one year. If more than six months have passed since the last session, it may be required to start over again at Session 1.
Q. Do patients have to remove their clothing for Structural Integration treatment? Is there sheet draping as in massage therapy?
A. Patients do not fully undress for their sessions, and either keep their underwear on or are given shorts and sports bras to wear for the treatment. There is no draping and no top sheet used, only a bottom sheet to cover the table.
Q. Is Structural Integration treatment painful?
A. Structural Integration treatment should not be painful, although it is a deeper type of manual therapy that requires applying pressure on the soft tissues. The therapist uses a pain scale to monitor the patient's comfort level, and alters the pressure or technique to accomodate.
Q. Does the effects of Structural Integration treatment last?
A. The effects of the 10 Session Series should have a lasting effect on the physical structure of the body due to the changes made to the myofascial tissues. The changes are most dramatic during and immediately after the sessions, but may continue for up to a year after the last session. A common practice for therapists is to take pictures (front, back and both profiles) before the beginning of the first session and after the tenth session to document changes that have occurred.
Q. What happens after the patient completes the 10 Session Series?
A. After completing the tenth session, the patient will continue undergoing physical changes for up to one year. It is recommended that the patient not have anymore Structural Integration treatments for 6 to 9 months after the tenth session. After that, the patient may have maintenance treatments customized to accomodate his/ her needs at not more than one session a month
I. Course Length
The courses (modules) that comprise the Structural Integration training , Neuromuscular therapy training, Manupractic massage training, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage training and traditional Thai massage training are all each 16 hours in duration, 8 hours a day for two days straight. Courses are usually scheduled on weekends for convenience purposes. A typical course day begins at 9 am, with a one hour lunch break around noon, and two fifteen minute rest breaks, and finishing around 6 pm.
II. Course Locations
Courses are available in most major cities in Canada, and are usually held in hotel conference centers.
III. Course Fees
All the courses (modules) in the Manupractic Institute Training are $450.00. All courses held in Canada are subject to 5% gst.
IV. Course Confirmation
Registrants will get confirmation that the course will proceed as scheduled at least 5 days prior to the start date.
V. Course Pre-requisites
All of the courses at the Manupractic Institute are developed as continuing education components. Although the Structural Integration System is a stand alone modality, participants are expected to have a strong background knowledge in anatomy, physiology, pathology and manual practice.
Upon completion of each course (module), the participant is issued a certificate of completion.
VII. What to bring to the courses
Please bring a portable massage table that you will be comfortable working on, sheets for the table, short pants to change into for when you get worked on (loose, comfortable and ending half way down the thighs - please no spandex, tights or shorts that are longer than half way down the thigh), and for females, comfortable fitting sports bras (or regular bras if you are comfortable with it), pens and paper for taking notes. If you have registered with a friend, you can bring a table between the two of you. Please come to the course in loose, comfortable clothing that you would usually wear when working. The conference centers where the courses will be held will supply pillow bolsters and towels as needed. Notes will be handed out at the courses.