What is Rolfing structural integration?
Rolfing structural integration is hands-on bodywork that focuses on aligning the body. Those who are certified to practice this type of bodywork are known as Rolfers™.
Structural imbalances of the body, can lead to chronic pain, disability or inhibited performance. An example is poor posture manifesting itself as back pain. Rolfers address the root causes of these imbalances through manipulation of connective tissue and movement education. Their aim is to realign and balance the body’s structure and to optimize movement.
Rolfing structural integration differs from other types of bodywork in that the entire body structure is assessed on how it interrelates. In this way, a Rolfer will focus on the primary causes of problems, and not on secondary symptomatic relief. The results are long lasting.
How does it work?
The idea behind the Rolfing approach is that everything (muscles, ligaments, tendons, organs, bones) in the body is lined with a thin layer called fascia. This lining allows body parts to move and slide relative to each other, which is extremely important to any movement. Fascia also has a hand in defining the length of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Cumulatively it helps define our body shape or posture. Fascia will compensate for injury, aging, or poor movement patterns by hardening, adhering, reducing length and elasticity, in an effort to support the body. Even with mild trauma, fascia can harden, reshape itself and stay in that new state. This binding creates misalignment, creating inefficiencies, pain, poor posture and restricted movement.
However, bound fascia will respond to pressure and manipulation to become softer, longer, enabling it to slide again. The Rolfer applies this concept in balancing and aligning the entire body structure, resulting in pain reduction, improved posture and more efficient movement.
History and Dr. Ida Rolf
Rolfing designates the Rolf Institute's brand of structural integration, the discipline developed by the late Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D. Rolfing SI designates the practice of structural integration by graduate members of the Rolf Institute, who are licensed to use its service marks.
Who should consider Rolfing structural integration?
Anyone who has sustained injury or trauma, or who suffers from chronic pain, can benefit from Rolfing sessions. I treat athletes, moms, musicians, trades people, professionals, kids and seniors. All bodies are misaligned to some degree and can be made to move more efficiently.
What are the benefits of Rolfing structural integration?
Better, more efficient movement, less stress, less pain, enhanced performance, better balance. Some people seeking to get more in touch with their bodies will appreciate an increased awareness and develop more integrated movement choices that enhance the body and mind. Some people try Rolfing sessions as a way to move forward. They are aware that emotional and mental patterns are locked within the body, and have gone as far as they can with practices like meditation or talk therapy.
How long will it last?
Rolfing work has been called "bodywork that lasts a lifetime."
It addresses symptoms by dealing with the underlying structural problems.
How long is a session?
Sessions are offered in 60, 90 & 120-minute lengths.
They are usually spaced 1-3 weeks apart.
Ten sessions are typical.
Clients sometimes schedule infrequent tune-ups after the initial 10 series.
What happens during a Rolfing session?
After reviewing your health history and discussing your concerns and goals, you will be asked to perform simple movements and everyday actions. These assessments will allow me to see structural imbalances that may be causing problems or relate to your issues. If you are interested, front, back and side photographs may be taken for analysis and later comparison.
The work is done in a comfortable private space on a sturdy padded table. Rolfing structural integration differs from other types of bodywork in that the practitioner and client must work together. The Rolfer guides the client through a series of movements and manipulates the targeted tissue gently but deeply, working toward specific results for each session.
What is the 10 series?
The 10 series describes a standard series of ten sessions that Rolfers often use to progressively effect changes in body structure.
A detailed presentation of each session is given below