Psychological Studies involving Rolfing SI

A controlled clinical study indicated that Rolfing caused a lasting decrease in state anxiety when compared to the control group.  Results were discussed in terms of the release of emotional tension stored up in the muscles due to Structural Integration [1].  In a psycho-physiological study, changes after Rolfing structural integration were indicative of increased openness and better-modulated sensitivity to environmental stimulation [2].

  1. Weinberg RS, Hunt VV. Effects of structural integration on state-trait anxiety.  Journal of Clinical Psychology, 35(2), 1979.
  2. Silverman J et al. Stress, stimulus intensity control, and the structural integration technique.  Confinia Psychiatrica 16(3):201-19, 1973.
  3. Hunt VV, Massey W, Weinberg R, Bruyere R, Hahn PM.  A study of Structural Integration from neuromuscular, energy field & emotional approaches.  Research Report submitted to Rolf Institute, UCLA Dept. of Kinesthiology, 1977.
  4. Pratt TC.  Psychological effects of Structural Integration.  Psychological Reports, 35(2):856, 1974.