Daniel Akins, LMT, BCSI
A client once described my work as "a combination of bodywork, physical therapy, psychology, and philosophy." While I am not a physical therapist or a psychologist, there are some elements common to helping people feel better living in their bodies. Structural Integration, as I practice it, is equal parts physical, psychological, and social work. It's manual therapy, plus what physical education always should have been.
My sessions draw from various methods of manual therapy, movement, & somatic exploration, along with insights from Nonviolent Communication (NVC), pain science, & systems thinking. Together, we explore how your habits and thought patterns relate with how you use and experience your body. To get the most from our work together, a willingness to engage with your physical experience is essential. Those who approach with an open mind, and curiosity about themselves and their environment, tend to see significant, often dramatic shifts in their experience of their bodies and perception of self.
I started practicing as a manual therapist in 1999, and became a Board Certified Structural Integrator in 2013. While an undergraduate at Portland State University, my honors thesis attempted to express the concept of somatic "integration" in physiological terms. I currently serve as editor for the International Association of Structural Integrators Yearbook, and as a board member on the Certification Board for Structural Integration.
I've lived in Portland since 2006, where I enjoy hiking and backpacking around the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Click on the images below for a larger view of some photos from my trips.
- B.S., Portland State University, 2016
- Board Certified Structural Integrator, since 2013
- Anatomy Trains SI Certification, 2013
- Licensed Massage Therapist #16914
- Certified Massage Therapist, 1999
Publications & Presentations
Below is a video of a presentation I gave at the 2018 International Association of Structural Integrators Symposium entitled "Integrating the Structure of Structural Integration: A Visual Model for Reconciling Fascia-centric and Neuro-centric Explanations of Our Work."