There are several reasons why you might need or want to come back.
1) We all are subject to the normal bumps and bruises of life. I encourage clients to come back after a serious fall, some other traumatic injury, or a surgery. Although traditional Structural Integration techniques aren’t appropriate for “first aid,” neural manipulation can be very helpful in the early stages of healing. In the next stages of healing, working with scar tissue (or fibrosis) and liberating irritated nerves will restore mobility and allow you to begin trusting that you can use your injured area again. Following that, sensitively applied Structural Integration techniques can help you reintegrate the injured area with the rest of your body.
2) People whose activities influence their posture in adverse ways may benefit greatly from follow-up sessions. Our favorite activities (sitting at a computer, playing a musical instrument, carrying a small child) may continually shape us in a way that eventually reproduces some of the pain and discomfort we had before receiving SI. After a series, follow-up bodywork can keep nudging us in the right direction of good body usage and postural support.
3) Others clients choose to return for more bodywork because they want “another dose of change!” They loved their experience, it felt so integrating, and they want to take their bodywork to the next level. Someone who originally chose a three-session series might later return for a twelve-session series. (It’s like when someone has discovered the pleasures of a two-night backpacking trip and wants to plan a week-long journey for the following season.)
4) Athletes already in top form, as well as people who have been through a twelve-session series, will often choose a “tune-up” series every year or two, just to keep their bodies in good shape.