Rolf Method of Structural Integration
Structural Integration – Transformative Bodywork
If you can imagine how it feels to have a fluid, light, balanced body, at ease with itself and the earth's gravitational field, then you will understand the goals of Structural Integration. Structural Integration (S.I.), also known as Rolfing, is a form of body work that is deeply transformative. It improves posture, eliminates chronic pain, treats back and neck problems, increases breathing capacity and enhances vitality. Essentially S.I. creates lightness, openness, balance and integration of the body and mind.
When there is misalignment it directly involves the fascia – shortening, thickening, dehydrating and glueing it together. To take the person towards balance and alignment, the practitioner repositions and releases restrictions in the fascia. The fascia is the web of connective tissue that surrounds and penetrates the muscles and other structures of the body. Fascia gives the body its form and dictates the quality of movement.
The S.I. practitioner applies refined and purposeful pressure to the fascia, with the client breathing into or slightly moving the area being worked. This allows the fascia to soften, lengthen and be freed. The result is that the body (and mind) will effortlessly balance and re-align itself.