About Rolfing® Structural Integration
Rolfing® Structural Integration is a form of deep connective tissue manipulation done in a series of approximately 10 sessions. Each session has a specific goal and builds upon the previous session.
The series is designed to address the body as a whole and help support it in the gravitational field.
Dr. Ida P. Rolf, a biochemist, believed that the fascia, or connective tissue surrounding every component of the body is the medium in which patterns and injuries get “stuck”. For example, if a person habitually slouches to one side, s/he will end up with shorter tissue on the side they slouch to and longer, tight tissues on the opposite side. When that person stands, these patterns are apparent to a Certified Rolfer’s™ trained eyes. By skilled manual pressure of the fascia, a Rolfer can help to elicit a change in structure. The client, feeling how good it is to have freedom of movement, will become more aware of how they move. They will change the patterns because their tissue feels different. With this new information the nervous system creates changes that are essentially permanent.
In a typical session, you will be asked about your history (i.e. accidents, traumas, surgeries or health issues). Then, we look at your structure, how you stand, breathe, walk, and if there is pain or limited range of motion. After the hands-on soft tissue work, we evaluate movement and structure again. You may be asked to stand in the middle of the session to see how things are progressing. Every session is different and every series is designed for each individual.
It is like sculpting. It requires patience and listening on the part of both the practitioner and the client. It is a flow. It is movement and breath. It is profound, yet gentle. It is opening and letting go. This is the beauty and the magic of Rolfing.
After a series or therapeutic sessions people have experienced freedom and ease of movement, better posture, increased energy, relief of chronic pain, an improved sense of themselves in the world, heightened awareness of their patterns, increased breathing capability, emotional stability, improved digestion or even complete cessation of issues such as sciatica, back, neck or headache pain, plus many other wonderful benefits. There are no guarantees, but we can try!