Structural integration is based on the idea that the entire structural order of the body needs to be realigned and balanced around a “central vertical line” representing gravity’s influence. During a structural integration session, the therapist will massage areas outward and in toward the heart and vital organs. The manipulation of the fascia (the system that connects all the body’s systems) is thought to free up areas of congestion within the body. These areas of congestion have been determined as trouble spots that collect sickness and disease, and harbor injury. The structural integration of the body allows for greater freedom and ease of movement, in addition to better overall health.