IASI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

About Structural Integration


Q: What is Structural Integration? 

A: Structural Integration focuses on the connective tissue, or fascia, of the body. Fascia surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, organs, and nerves, binding some structures together while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other. Structural Integration works to lengthen, stretch, and soften this tissue to restore postural balance, ease of movement, and a feeling of being more at home in your own body. It is practiced in an organized series of sessions or individual sessions within a framework that is designed to restore postural balance by aligning and integrating the body in gravity.

Q: Is Structural Integration different from other types of massage? 

A: Structural Integration is not a type or modality of massage or any other bodywork. Structural Integration is its own manual therapy profession. 

Q: How do I learn more about Structural Integration?

A. Learn more about Structural Integration by visiting this section of our website. 

Membership in IASI

Q: Why should I join IASI? 

A. Regardless of tenure, individuals in the Structural Integration profession join IASI to advance their career and the profession and unite with other SI professionals around the globe that are passionate about improving patient care, public awareness, and the professional standing of Structural Integration.

Q: How does someone join IASI? 

A. Visit the IASI Join or Renew webpage and follow the simple and easy instructions to become an IASI member today

Q: Does my training qualify me to be an IASI member? 

A: Anyone who shares the IASI mission and values is invited to join. Individuals interested in advancing within the SI profession are invited to visit IASI’s list of recognized training programs that are compliant with IASI’s educational standards.

Q: Is my IASI membership renewal due on the anniversary of my join date, or is the membership term based on the calendar year? 

A: IASI membership terms are on an anniversary cycle, so you will renew on the anniversary of your join date. Your membership period is for one year. 

Q: Does one have to take the Certification Exam for Structural IntegrationSM (CESI) to become an IASI Member?

A: While all Structural Integrators are encouraged to become Board Certified, you do not need to
take the CESI to be an IASI member. 

Q: What benefits accompany IASI membership?

 A.  IASI membership provides you with access to a broad collection of tools, content, and other practical resources and professional development opportunities. Visit our Membership Benefits webpage for additional information.

Q: Can I practice SI if I am not an IASI member? 

A: One’s ability to practice Structural Integration is not dependent upon IASI membership. However, all SI practitioners are encouraged to become members of IASI.  

Recognized Training Programs/
CE Provider Information 
 

Q: How does a school become IASI recognized?

A: A complete application must be submitted to the IASI Office via the IASI online portal

Q: How do I become an IASI CE provider? 

A:  If you offer an SI-related course of study, workshop, or seminar, it is important to apply for IASI recognition so that attendees may earn CE credits for the Board Certified Structural Integrator credential.  Promote your course to the SI community on the IASI website, newsletters, and email. Visit the IASI CE Course Application webpage for more information or to submit your application.   

Q: What is the difference between the different schools? 

A: There are nearly two dozen IASI recognized schools. Each of these recognized schools has a set curriculum that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements set forth by IASI. While a large percentage of the curriculum is standard across each IASI recognized school, every school also has its own identity, style, energy, and way in which their school runs and operates. Much like different universities or colleges meet different people’s needs, the different IASI recognized schools offer individuals unique and different chances to find their perfect fit. From geographical location to school learning style, or format of schedules, there is a school to fit the needs of any and all individuals wanting to learn Structural Integration.

Q: Why choose an IASI recognized school? 

A: By selecting an IASI recognized school, you are ensuring your education will be conducted by an organization that adheres to the rigorous standards necessary to maintain quality and professionalism in the field of Structural Integration. Each IASI recognized school has spent countless hours developing and refining the necessary educational curriculum to ensure that their graduates are practicing Structural Integration at the highest possible standards.


The BCSI Credential 

Q: What is a Board Certified Structural Integrator?

A: A Board Certified Structural Integrator is an individual who has met the eligibility requirements and passed the Certified Exam for Structural Integrators (CESI) offered via the Certified Board of Structural Integrators (CBSI). 

Q: What are the benefits of taking the CBSI exam and becoming certified? 

A: Like with any other healthcare or medical provider – be it a medical doctor, nurse, or chiropractor – board examinations are an important and final step to show competency as one graduates from their education and enter one’s chosen field of healthcare. The benefits of taking the CESI and becoming certified does the same for the field and profession of Structural Integration. You will be recognized within your community as having demonstrated the necessary knowledge and information to adequately practice SI. 

Q: Does one have to take the Certification Exam for Structural Integration (CESI) to become an IASI member?

A: While all Structural Integrators are encouraged to become Board Certified, you do not need to take the CESI to be an IASI member. 

Q: How do I sign up for certification of SI? 

A: To learn more about becoming Board Certified and to register to sit for the CESI, visit this IASI webpage for more information.  

Be Connected with an SI Practitioner 

Q: How do I find an SI practitioner in my area? 

A:  Interested in finding an SI practitioner in your area? Visit the IASI online Practitioner Directory.