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Who is Daphne?

My life in bodywork began at the age of 7 when my father, Martin Mosko, began his study of anatomy with Tom Meyers and Structural Integration with Peter Melchior and Emmett Hutchins. I was his first project. Since that time, I've had the opportunity to both experience and know personally some of the most talented practitioners in the world.  

This led me to enroll in the Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado where I graduated with honors is 2003. I stayed on for a year of graduate work where I was also a teaching assistant.  

In 2006 I apprenticed with my father and in 2007 we began working together, often doing 4 handed work.

Then in 2010 I turned to our dear  friend, Tom Meyers, and his school KMI for more training.  Once Peter Melchior, Ida Rolf's first teacher, said that Tom and his "Anatomy Trains" had finally defined both the science and the art of the work. After completing an intensive training, I concur that Tom has set the bar in the world of structural integration. My study with him propelled by work exponentially forward.

"I've had the opportunity to both experience and know personally some of the most talented practitioners in the world."

Meanwhile, I've studied several other modalities which have broadened both my understanding and practice. Among these is Jean Pierre Barrall's "visceral manipulation",  Upledger's "craniosacral therapy", Reiki (to a 'master's level), Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy, Mayan Abdominal Massage, and a few others.

Altogether I now have a firm scientific grounding, an intuitive touch, and a deep understanding of the connection of mind, body, and spirit, and how pathologies can be liberated to evolve greater functionality and higher consciousness.

 

How does Structural Integration work?

The design of Structural Integration is to unwind strain patterns residing your body's locomotor system restoring it to its natural balance, alignment, length, and ease. Common strain patterns come about from inefficient movement habits and our bodies response to poorly designed cars, desks, telephones, airplanes, etc. Individual strain patterns come from imitation when we are young, from the invasion of injury or surgery or birth, and from our bodies response to traumatic episodes.

"A gesture becomes a habit, becomes a posture, and eventually lodges in our structure." 

Beginning as a simple gesture of response, movements can become a neuromuscular habit. The habitual movement forms one's posture, and the posture requires changes in the structure - the body's connective tissue 'fabric'.  In other words, a gesture becomes a habit, becomes a posture and eventually lodges in our structure. These changes are rarely for the better - anything that pulls us out of alignment means that gravity works on pulling us into more   misalignment or increased tension to counteract the force. Compensation begets compensation  and more symptoms. SI is designed to unwind this process and reduce structural stress. The method depends on a unique property of the body's connective tissue network.