I use Sharon Wheeler’s Bone Work within the structural integration treatment framework, after all more superfiscial tissue has been re-patterned to allow for the integration of the change to the bones into the whole system.
Since the initial spontaneous discovery during a session of structural integration in 1973 Sharon Wheeler has been exploring the curious phenomenon of Bone Change and is sharing this approach with fellow therapists.
These techniques are designed to address shape and contour. Bone Change employs precisely placed manual pressure into the fascial elements of the bone. The chronic distortions left over from badly healed breaks in the bone, or scars in the bone, transform towards normal in moments.
Bone tissue truly shows the fastest reaction and change I so far have seen in my career of fascial manipulation. Results appear to be permanent.
Accidents and injuries can disorganize the functional relationships between bones. Bones can get stuck together out of place causing chronic dysfunction. These bone- to-bone adhesions are at the level of the fascia of the periosteum.
In Bone Rolling, deep manual pressure is precisely directed through the periosteal adhesion to release the stuck bones. The bones are now free to move, or “roll” into a better relationship within structure of the fascial web. There are Bone Rolling techniques for most of the bone-to-bone relationships of the body. The techniques are primarily for the appendicular skeleton, and some for the axial skeleton. Bone Rolling results in profound, lasting structural shifts.
«…I did the most obvious and simple thing I could think of; I put my right hand on top of the high point of the break on his right leg, and the left hand on top of the right and I leaned into the leg bones, pushing this way and that, and listening for any hint of change. I was pushing into the bone and holding the pressure deep in for much longer than I would have if either the boy or his mom had been awake. I must have held on to it for between 45 seconds to a minute— even longer— when I felt something big rather suddenly start to change. Being a good Rolfer, I jumped on that change and I followed direction of the release. As I watched, that crooked little leg went from 34 degrees off true to about 4 degrees off true in about 7 or 8 seconds. As the leg neared straight, the change rate slowed down and then seemed to finish up and be done. I took my hands off and I sat down again rather hard, feeling for the stool behind me. I sat and looked at that leg for a very long time. I remember feeling rather stunned…»