The whole idea of Structural Integration is to give people choices – Dr. Ida P. Rolf
Dr. Ida P. Rolf developed the process of Structural Integration (Rolfing) as a holistic system combining soft tissue manipulation and movement education to restore the body to its natural state of alignment and balance. Structural Integration lengthens, restores and reorganizes the connective tissue of the body also known as fascia. Unlike other forms of bodywork where the focus is on the specific area that is causing you pain, Structural Integration looks at the “big picture”… Your whole body.
Fascia is the uninterrupted web of connective tissue found throughout your body. It envelops each muscle, organ, nerve, bone, and blood vessel holding your body together. The fascia reacts to acute injuries, chronic pain and repetitive movement patterns. It then shortens, thickens and compresses becoming glue like. This imparts a strain on your body in a number of directions, much like a “snag in a sweater”. Structural Integration will help correct these issues by returning the fascia to its natural state.
- Release chronic pain, discomfort and tension
- Improve athletic performance
- Obtain a sense of ease in your body
- Relief of joint pain
- Increase flexibility and range of motion
- Improve posture
- Enhance body awareness
- Reduce effort in activity
- Expand your sense of well-being
- Look and feel younger
Dr. Ida Rolf discovered that the human body was organized in layers and that it responded the most positively by working the fascia layer by layer much like an onion. The first 3 sessions work the “Sleeve” the superficial and external muscles. Sessions 4-7 work the “Core” the deeper, intrinsic muscles. The last 3 sessions integrate all of the previous sessions, bringing your body to a state of balance structurally and functionally.
Session 1 – Opening the Sleeve
Attain lift, length and breath.
Session 2 – Support for the body
Experience balance and support.
Session 3 – Lateral Line
Embody front and back balance.
Session 4 – Medial Line
Increase core support beginning at your feet and legs working towards your midline.
Session 5 – Anterior Line
Lengthening the front of your core will give you a deeper sense of front to back balance.
Session 6 – Posterior Line
Lengthening the back of your core will allow you to experience a fluid spine.
Session 7 – Top of the Core
Building relationships between your spine, head and neck.
Session 8 – Structural Integration
Creating a sense of stability and adaptability in your body.
Session 9 – Functional Integration
Relationships will deepen between your intrinsic and extrinsic muscles.
Session 10 – Integration
Experience ease and effortlessness.
Along with soft tissue manipulation each Structural Integration session includes movement awareness and re-education. The ways we move our bodies often become stuck in habitual movement patterns. Movement re-education gives you the tools to identify these issues and re-pattern them so that your body and mind can work harmoniously, allowing you to move in a more fluid way.
Allowing your body to integrate the work for 2-4 months is recommended. Think of your body like an automobile, it needs maintenance to perform at it’s most optimal – that is why it’s important to regularly schedule “tune up” sessions.
Sessions range from 75 minutes to 90 minutes
For the first session allow an additional half hour for a consultation
Please wear loose and comfortable clothing.
Men should wear shorts or boxers
Women should wear sports bra and athletic shorts
*Do not apply lotion prior to your appointment
*Drink plenty of water prior to your appointment