Named after Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing® Structural Integration (SI) is a form of bodywork that seeks to reorganize the body’s connective tissues to more effectively function within the earth’s gravitational field.
Dr. Rolf believed that there is a more natural alignment for each of us – an easier organization between self and gravity. That through external factors, over time our natural alignment is lost, causing internal stresses that can result in both physical and emotional discomfort. Prevent or correct these imbalances and you potentially reduce the compensations and stress that cause discomfort. This concept is at the heart of Rolfing® Structural Integration.
Connective Tissues – Fascia
More than fifty years ago, Dr. Rolf recognized in the human body a system – a seamless network of tissues vs. a collection of separate parts. Connective tissues, called fascia, surround, support and penetrate all of muscles, bones, nerves and organs. Fascia both unites the structure of our inner form and divides it into individual functioning units. Fascia is constantly changing and adapting in response to demands placed on an individual’s body. It reacts to specific physical damage – to a joint for example – by producing extra material to enhance stability and support. However, it can produce more than necessary. If this happens, over time rather than stabilizing the joint, the healing process itself can actually reduce mobility, leading to changes in body posture and altered patterns of movement.
Dr. Rolf called fascia the organ of form and suggested that through deliberate, accurate and targeted movement of this tissue, change could occur and a sense of overall ease and well-being achieved. Through the Rolfing® touch, the elasticity and sliding capacity of fascia can be restored and the body structure realigned to function with greater ease. By introducing the impact of gravity on human health and well-being, Dr. Rolf broke new scientific ground; modern research increasingly supports her wisdom.
Before and after 10 Sessions of Rolfing® Structural Integration
After completing ten sessions with a Certified Rolfer™ a client can expect to experience a greater sense of over-all ease, more natural body alignment and improved mobility. Enhanced awareness and understanding of how the body works in harmony with gravity is an important outcome of the sessions. New awareness of self then becomes something each client can use as a basis for lifelong learning.