NeuroStructural Integration (NST) is a more contemporary form of Bowen Technique and is a system of firm, yet gentle and precise rolling movements over muscles, tendons, nerves and fascia. The technique is performed using the thumbs, fingers, and elbows, and applying gentle, non- invasive pressure. The main objective is to remove pain and dysfunctional physiological conditions and restoring the structural integrity of the body.
Distinctive features of this therapy are the minimal nature of the physical intervention and the pauses that are incorporated into the treatment. These pauses allow the body to “reset” itself into a more relaxed and vital state, positively affecting specific body systems (digestion, lymph circulation, respiratory apparatus…) or body parts (pelvis, TMJ, shoulder, knee…). The purpose is to relieve soft tissue tension and strain, and to restore normal lymphatic flow and structural integrity.
There are a number of hypotheses concerning the way NeuroStructural Integration Therapy (NST) works. Current research indicates that there are two major effects created by the therapist’s moves during a session. The first is the movement of water through the fascia, and second, movement of the fascia itself. During times of illness, injury, fatigue or stress, fascia can become ‘cooked’ (like the white of an egg), and firmly attach to the muscle, bones, nerves, and organs around it. The NST techniques helps to remove these unhealthy bondings.
Another effect of a NST is similar to acupuncture and acupressure which influence specific electrical points in the body to create a balanced energy flow (also called Qi, Prana, Life Force…). Based on Eastern Medicine, this removes blockages and corrects imbalances throughout the body for optimal wellness, health, and balance.