Daniel Akins, LMT, BCSI
Structural Integration, as I practice it, is an inquiry into the nature of your physical experience that is equal parts physical, psychological, and social work. SI is bodywork, a form of mindfulness practice, and what physical education always should have been. My approach draws from various methods of manual therapy, movement, & somatic exploration, along with insights from Nonviolent Communication (NVC), pain and embodiment 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 (OR #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."