So you may be wondering, what is Structural Integration? Seems that it’s the new “pink” in bodywork, and more and more people are talking about it. Structural Integration, also known as Rolfing, was the life work of Dr. Ida Rolf. It is a type of bodywork that focuses on removing adhesions within the fascia of the body, thus allowing the muscles and muscle groups to balance and to work independently, interdependently and, as a result, more efficiently. (Wondering what fascia is? Read my blog post “What is Fascia?” here.) When the muscles are able to work in this manner then the body is able to align itself in gravity, release chronic holding patterns, and then the healing can begin. Relief from chronic pain and improved posture are two outcomes you may expect with Structural Integration.
The process of Structural Integration is an organizing process. It begins with a basic 10-series, in which the practitioner works through each area of your body methodically, sculpting and shaping the tissue (primarily the fascia). In this sculpting process fascial adhesions are released, muscle groups are balanced, and joints are aligned. One 90-minute session at a time you are given room to breathe, feet to stand on, a rib cage for your shoulders to rest on, etc., etc., until you have been completely taken apart and put back together. It’s like a stack of blocks that is struggling to stay upright because it is not stacked well and it is very wobbly. In 10 sessions we nudge and shape and encourage the blocks to get into line until they are a much more solid, aligned, organized structure. Then, as Ida Rolf said, “When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through; then spontaneously, the body heals itself.”
Are you curious? Schedule your first session and we can talk more about it and you can feel what Structural Integration is all about. You will not be disappointed. Schedule your appointment now.