All posts by Cody Smolik

The Working Structure

Let your structure work FOR you

In Ida Rolf speak it is  “align’, “unravel”, “lengthen” , “balance”.  We want to bring it back to health.  We also want to re-align, reorganize and unwind the pieces of the body.  Then integrate it so that there is a whole balanced structure.

Structural Integration is one of the foremost ways to do this.   There are two concepts.  Integrating the body with itself.  Integrating it within the gravitational field.  The body can then function as a whole and work with gravity, not have gravity work against it.

I want my clients to feel the space inside, the flexibility and ease of movement.  This healing takes on a life of its own.  The body comes alive.

Helping Release Scar Tissue with Structural Integration

Scar tissue isn’t good for you.  It forces you to compensate. It keeps you stuck and can hold injury in place by basically ‘freezing’ the area around it.

Structural Integration offers release from this by working the scar tissue.  It opens it at the site and around it, to BALANCE the area This makes the tissue more homogenous.

Change your tissue…change your life…

Watch the Water in You

Water flowing, in and out. Like the ocean, a waterfall, gushing water. It is constantly in motion. Any stagnate water breads mosquitos, vermin or bacteria.


We are filled with fluids. When we are dehydrated, our systems become clogged, dragging us down. We become dry, stiff, bloated.

Water circulating in our bodies carries nutrients and oxygen to our cells. It moistens tissues, lubricates joints, flushes out waster materials in our bodies…and so much more.

Learn from nature. Watch the water flow.  Stay hydrated.  Notice how it helps your own body.

Well-being? What Does It Mean?

Let me help you reclaim your sense of well-being.

Well-being meaning that sense of feeling good, your whole being feeling good, physically, mentally and spiritually.  

I find once a body is able to achieve one of those qualities, the rest will follow.  Feeling good brings on positivity, creativity, flexibility, mental stimulation…living, not just surviving or same old, same old.

Give yourself, during this transition into Spring, the gift of feeling good, being active, able to push back time to a place where you feel good again.  I can help you with that.

My door is open for Structural Integration, Reiki and Scar therapy, all of which can help bring your body back to stasis, to that happy place….Remember it?

Feel Good!

The Power of Motion in Structure

While our physical being stands still, the breath still moves, the thoughts still rumble on.  There is a lot of motion with it all, inside and out.  If we stop, all around us does too.  We become stifled, heavy, lazy even. Getting one unstuck from the other is the objective so that all parts of us move in balance, in play with the other aspects of ourselves.

Structural Integration works with the whole entity.  Not just the physical.  Not just parts.  Through the body is how I get to the mind, the emotions.  As per Ida Rolf “this is what I can put my hands on.”  I think of physically moving, balancing, opening the tissue. 

My experience is that changing movement patterns and allowing movement, can help the mind change too. 

Opening the spirit once the negative energy is dispelled.  By opening the tissue, other parts of the psyche open up, able to experience more, pick up momentum.  Move forward.

People often come to me wanting a change.  They discover through a few sessions that their thoughts, lives can change.  This is partly why they continue.  To continue their healing journey.  It just goes to a deeper, more spiritual level.

In essence, you change one thing, you change everything.  There is a chain reaction.  Motion brings things into play, thoughts into action, new ideas, new patterns.  This is living.


Structure – building vs. body

The body is a living thing.

It gives, molds, flexes and extends.  It breathes, is fluid filled and has an infinite knowledge.

Buildings a little less so.

Buildings rely on their structure.  The stronger, more aligned, the earth it is on, the atmosphere around it (gravity), the building materials; it can set the building up for a century (or more) and keep it stable and balanced in its environment.


Our bodies are similar.  However, instead of just relying on the areas around it, we humans have chemical reactions in our bodies, changing mostly from the inside.  We count on gravity to help support us and use our form and its energy to exist and move within the gravitational field.  We are more capable of controlling our movements, keeping ourselves open and aligned in a fluid state.

Understanding how this is done and maintaining
it is where I can help…by working the fascial tissue.  It is that filler tissue in the body that  surrounds, supports and permeates all of  our structure, even our organs, ligaments, muscles, etc.  I manipulate this tissue so fluids move freely, so that elasticity happens, bringing about freedom of movement and a balanced structure.  A stronger one.

We all need assistance anyway.  Even buildings.  We are a work in process.  There is hope for better.  We do our part and learn our bodies.  This is a great gift.

Just Breathe

The breath is so important.  Breathing, really breathing  in from the top of your head to your tailbone and even to the bottoms of your feet.  Breathing oxygen into your system keeps it alive.  Breathing out moves the co2 from the body.  In between the process of breathing in and breathing out, many things happen. 

It is important to breath in of course and equally important to breathe out.  Don’t hold your breath.  Deep breathing, whole system sustained breathing, carries a wealth of benefits.

Breathing is important in meditation.  Breathe in love. Breathe out hate.  Breathe in peace. Breathe out chaos.  Breathe in energy.  Breathe out tension.  What if however, this process is hindered?  

When I work on the breath of my clients, I help the tissues in their ribs, diaphragm and back  expand.  ‘Opening the breath’ means opening the thoracic area to enable the mechanism of breathing to occur.  It is difficult to breathe deeply if your body isn’t capable of expanding in order to do so.  Once this expansion occurs, breathing becomes easier and depth of breath occurs.  Breathing down into your sacrum resets your system.  You are able to and are allowing your body to breathe.  Taking breath in so the oxygen and co2 can work together before breathing out.

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Leaf on my Windshield

Driving around the other day I heard this loud pittering sound, like something… say under the hood of my car …was messed up.  It scares me to think anything is wrong with my car.

I arrived at my destination to see what it could be.  I looked at the fender which I thought could be an issue (it was before). 

Then I saw this leaf barely attached to the windshield wiper.  I took this photo then took the leaf off.  When I got back into my car and started it…..the sound was gone!

The moral of this story is that it doesn’t take too much of a deviation, of a disruption, to cause a profound effect in something else.  A little leaf, loosely hanging onto a windshield wiper, causing enough of a noise, a disruption as to make me think something was dreadfully wrong.  

So it is with our bodies.  We are NOT that big!  It does not take some enormous ‘thing’ to begin the compensation process in our bodies.  That compensation expands and becomes a bigger issue over time.  However, once it is removed, can calm the body and mind and spirit.

Compensation and Balance

Recent experience has again shown me the benefits in keeping yourself balanced if you have been injured and if you can, to begin that process sooner rather than not.

Otherwise compensation sets in.

We need to work not only the problem points but connecting the
areas so they can all work together…


Like a sail boat: sail, gunwales, lines, etc. need to be functioning on their own with all the parts working together … so to begin the next adventure.