Neuromuscular Integration & Structural Alignment
Neuromuscular Integration and Structural Alignment (NISA) is a deep tissue technique that works directly on the fascia of the body. The fascia is the connective tissue in the body that holds everything in place and gives you your shape. It is a system of non-stretchy bands and sheets that wraps around everything and forms a framework for your cells.
Fascia can become distorted, hardened or adhered to other nearby structures as a result of:
- Trauma / accidents
- Long-term holding / postural patterns
- Emotional holding patterns
- Repetitive movements
- Long-term illness
Distorted fascia can lead to:
- Poor posture
- Long-term pain
- Poor breathing / shortness of breath
- Emotional imbalance
- Decreased flexibility
- Decreased range of motion
In treatment, the therapist stretches, softens, and frees this tissue.
NISA provides long lasting changes to chronic postural habits, and most clients feel increased range of motion and less restriction after one or two treatments.
NISA is a structural alignment technique that is a softer, more gentle derivative of Rolfing. It can be performed in individual treatments, or done in a specific series of twelve weekly sessions with a direct focus of improving the person’s posture