Rolfing® Structural Integration
Whole Body Integration
Rolfing Structural Integration works with the gross physical body and the descending force of the earths gravitational energy field. Rolfing Structural Integration resembles a slow deep tissue massage but focuses on layers of restricted connective tissue in the entire body called fascia, rather then on isolated regions of contracted muscle tissue like during massage.
Rolfing Structural Integration treats the body as whole by systematically reshaping, reorganizing and integrating the physical structure into balance with gravity. Rolfing Structural Integration is interactive, self-empowering and more invigorating then massage.
Unlike massage or other forms of bodywork, Rolfing Structural Integration changes the structure of your body. The effects of this work are long-term and last many years. In addition to transforming your body, Rolfing Structural Integration empowers you to take charge of your own physical and emotional well-being, enabling you to rediscover your inherent inner beauty and body wisdom.
Most human beings are significantly out of alignment with gravity. Gravity is the basic shaper of the body. From birth until death gravity is always working on us. Over time, our bodies get pulled into unnatural positions which result in chronic patterns of tension, stress and pain. Mind and body are mutually sustaining and we can become rigid, inflexible and “set in our ways”. We function better when our bodies are aligned with the descending gravitational energy field of the earth.
In its optimal condition fascia (connective tissue) is a white, loose, fibrous, moist tissue. Like a multi-layered stocking, fascia surrounds, supports and connects every muscle, organ, tendon and bone, giving our body shape and strength. Healthy fascia helps facilitate fluid movement between different parts of the body.
Much like a sculptor working with clay, Rolfing Structural Integration works with the body’s living malleable myofascial system, by lengthening and releasing age-old restrictions that inhibit fluid body movement.
These blocks and restrictions can be related to our daily habitual psycho/physical posture and movement patterns. Or the times in our lives when our sympathetic (fight & flight) branch of our autonomic nervous system responded to protect us like during an accident, injury, or intense emotional experience. Resulting in a long-term frozen holding pattern.
Over a series of sessions, both client and therapist work to “lift” head, shoulder, thorax, pelvis and legs, into vertical alignment. Each session builds on the cumulative results of the previous one. Chronic discomforts often disappear immediately, or soon after the series are completed. A sense of lightness and internal “rightness,” along with more energy and greater mobility are often the result.
Rolfing Structural Integration creates long-lasting change by addressing the underlying cause of psycho/physical tension and pain. The goal of Rolfing Structural Integration goes beyond relieving tension in isolated body regions, instead, the entire body is integrated in gravity so the body as a whole functions more efficiently.
People who have received this work move with more surety and grace and often report positive changes in their outlook on life. Benefits include improved posture, Self-confidence and body awareness. Increased vitality, mental clarity and relief from chronic pain.
I have worked with thousands of individuals from all walks of life including many world class athletes, students of yoga and meditation, professional dancers, artists, actors, writers, business people. Physicians, musicians, Roshis, Rabbis & Rinpoches. As well as many ’ordinary’ people, riddled with everyday tension and pain, who are seeking relief and improved performance in their professions and daily activities.
Rolfing Structural Integration is offered in a series of ten to twelve sessions which are usually spaced one or two weeks apart. Individual non-series sessions are also available.
People of all ages and backgrounds use Rolfing Structural Integration to optimize the experience of living in their body and to come into a more personal and profound relationship with earth, Spirit -- Self and other.
"The body stores the trauma of our lives in muscular rigidity, thereby keeping us stuck in the past. When we release tension in the body and align ourselves with gravity, we take a new stand in life. This allows us to be at ease with ourselves and in harmony in our relationship to others and to our planet." ~ Joseph Heller
Deep, effective bodywork.
"Health is not merely of the body, It is the natural expression of the body, mind and soul when they are in rhythm with the One Life. It is not merely a question of physical fitness, but rather is a result of the soul finding free expression through the mind and body of the individual." ~ Randolph Stone
Results you can see and feel.
If you can imagine how it feels to have a fluid, light,
body free of pain, stiffness and chronic stress,
at ease with
itself and the earth’s gravitational field, then you will understand
the goals of Structural Integration. - Ida Rolf