The body is the personality exploded into three dimensions – Ida Rolf
Dr. Ida P. Rolf developed the process of Structural Integration (Rolfing) as a holistic approach to restore the body to its natural state of alignment and balance, through soft tissue manipulation and movement re-education. Structural Integration lengthens, revitalizes and reorganizes the fascia, the connective tissue matrix of the body.
Fascia surrounds and supports our muscles, bones and organs in our bodies in an interconnected network of tissue. This web like tissue is our body’s internal system of flexible support – giving it stability and shape. The connective tissue matrix responds to injury, constant discomfort, compensation and habitual movement patterns that have us fighting against gravity.
When your fascia shortens, and becomes compressed, it becomes less optimal, causing your body to resort to compensation and strain, pulling it out of alignment. Dr. Ida Rolf developed Structural Integration with the insight that your body is at ease and functions at a higher level when your structure is balanced along the vertical line of gravity.
Dr. Ida Rolf concluded that form determines function. Structural Integration creates more supportive and resilient bodies that can perform more ideally in the field of gravity.