Structural Integration – Rolfing – 10 Session Series & Advanced Work

Structural Integration – Rolfing

Structural Integration is body-focused therapy that manipulates the fascial tissue and provides an increase of energy to all of the systems within the body.  when the body’s soft tissue, muscles, fascia, tendons, etc., are in their natural alignment the body bounces back from injury or impact with more ease; circulation is improved; flexibility and movement enhanced; and the body simply performs better.

Structural Integration is also an educational process of understanding the relationship between gravity and the human body.  Much like a tree always seeking the light of the sun, our bodies want to grow up straight and tall. When we are in this lengthened center, gravity is friendly, whereas when we are ‘bent’ or ‘twisted’ gravity will not be friendly.

Structural Integration, also known as Rolfing, is different from most forms of bodywork because it focuses on improving the organization of the entire body, rather than focusing on the place that hurts, feels tense, etc.  The results are then longer lasting and the overall body awareness gained is more likely maintained in every-day living.

Sessions can last anywhere from 60-90 minutes and treatments are generally mapped over a 10-session series, spaced apart a week or more.  The purpose of 10 session is to ‘peel the onion’ so to speak of the layers of tissue that may be holding the tension the client seeks to release.

Who Seeks This Type of Work?

  • Athletes: Hurling, Football, Rugby, Equestrian, Swimming, Golf, Dance, Boxing, Track & Field, & More
  • Yoga & Pilates Enthusiasts
  • Those with Work Related Injuries
  • People in High Stress Jobs
  • Those with Fibromyalgia or Chronic Pain

What Can This Work Help With?

  • Relief from Chronic Stress & Muscle Tension
  • Break up Scar Tissue
  • Rehabilitate Injuries
  • Increase Mobility 7 Flexibility
  • Prevent Repetitive Stress Injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis – Foot Discomfort
  • Rotator Cuff – Shoulder Mobility
  • Spinal Lordosis – Sway Back
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrom – Hand/Wrist
  • TMJ – Tension from Grinding

Most of our bodies are misaligned, which often results in poor posture which can lead to other body system stresses.  As we grow older, this changes our relationship to gravity and the posture worsens.  We often ‘shrink’ in height and flexibility is slowly lost.  Our bones stay the same length and our muscles can still function, but the connective tissue is what changes most.

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Connective tissue (aka fascia) is a strong, tough network, essentially the support system of our bodies.  It absorbs and responds to all stressors i.e.: gravity, illness, injury, and emotional stress.  Any of these traumas can become locked in the body and cause imbalance, chronic pain, stiffness or decreased flexibility and movement.  Structural Integration sessions lengthen and reposition the fascia; allowing for more flexibility and muscle efficiency.

What can you expect in a session?

Cotton shorts or undergarments are worn throughout the session.  The practitioner begins by assessing how your breath moves throughout your body, while standing.  Once on the table you may be asked to make specific, subtle movements or apply directed breath work into the area being worked on.

The result is a feeling of lightness and fluidity, balance and freedom ~ structurally it is easier to live in your own skin.

The Origin of Structural Integration

idarolfDr. Ida P Rolf,  was the founder of Structural Integration.  In the 1930‘s she explored Osteopathy, Chiropractic Medicine, Tantric Yoga, the Alexander Technique and Korzybski’s work on the consciousness.  Several decades later her work evolved and came to be called Structural Integration or Rolfing, a term given by her students.