(paraphrased from Ida Rolf)
The Rolf Method of Structural Integration (S.I.), commonly referred to as “Rolfing” is a way of restructuring the body towards alignment for better organization and function. If physical structure is improved, function is improved. The goal is to create harmony for the physical body in gravity.
During the 10 Series, we work with every muscle and bone in the body. We do this through means of manually manipulating fascia, which is a tissue that is elastic, stable, and moldable, and which accounts for a considerable proportion of the body’s outward form.
When some parts are not functioning properly (ex: wrist, back, neck, ankle hip, jaw), it starts to affect the entire body…and the person as a whole begins to suffer. Although it is not the goal of the work, it tends to “fix” these maladies. By the end of the 10 Series or shortly after, it is not uncommon for a lower back that has hurt for years to miraculously be free of pain or for someone who cannot run because of a chronic ankle pain to be able to run on a regular basis again. People tend to have more energy. They feel better.
Human beings can change. One does that by changing the structure which in turn changes the function, because structure determines function to a great degree. But it does not just stop there.
Once the structure is aligned, the body can then function greater as a whole with full expansional balance. This is where the core of the work is. We make space and differentiate, so that we can lengthen and organize, all in order to integrate on a higher level and expand exponentially.
While Structural Integration is primarily concerned with physical changes in the body, it affects the whole person. We are made up of emotions, attitudes, belief systems and behavior patterns as well as the physical being. All are related. Align the physical structure and it will open up the individual’s potential. Clients often report positive changes, stating less stress, greater self-confidence and improved ability to handle life’s changes.