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Rolfing® Structural Integration

Rolfing® is the name that Dr. Ida Rolf’s students gave to the work that she called Structural Integration. Rolfing Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that realigns the connective tissues, called fascia, to bring your body to its optimum structure.

Rolfing SI can potentially resolve discomfort, release tension and alleviate pain. The process enables the body to regain the natural integrity of its form, thus enhancing postural efficiency and your freedom of movement.

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Structural Integration works to lengthen, stretch, and soften this tissue to restore postural balance, ease of movement, and a feeling of being more at home in your own body. It is practiced in an organized series of sessions or individual sessions within a framework that is designed to restore postural balance by aligning and integrating the body in gravity.

Rolfing is a type of bodywork that focuses on the connective tissue, or fascia, of the body. Fascia surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, organs, and nerves, binding some structures together while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other. Fascia is designed to be elastic and move freely with muscles and bones. Injury, stress, work-related repetitive movements and the effects of aging can cause fascia to lose its elasticity and become shorter, tighter, and more dense. Tightened fascia pulls our muscles and skeleton out of proper alignment and posture, which can cause pain, discomfort, and fatigue.

Structural Integration works to lengthen, stretch, and soften this tissue to restore postural balance, ease of movement, and a feeling of being more at home in your own body. It is practiced in an organized series of sessions or individual sessions within a framework that is designed to restore postural balance by aligning and integrating the body in gravity. Practioners are trained in Structural Integration at schools and institutions in accordance with the standards established by the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI).

Dr. Rolf taught her process of Structural Integration as a series of sessions. The usual number is 10-12, with an interval of one week to one month between sessions.

The first visit is a consultation. This will include information about the process, and what to expect. You will also be asked to fill out an information form and bring it with you to the appointment so that you and your Rolfer can discuss relevant medical history before beginning sessions. There is also time to discuss any questions you may have. The cost of the initial consultation is $75.00.

After the consultation, you can decide how you would like to schedule your series. Most people come every two weeks, but anything from a week to a month apart works well. This allows your body time to integrate the changes from the previous session. You can choose the time that feels most comfortable between sessions. Sessions are $150.00.

The first visit is a consultation. This will include information about the process, and what to expect. You will also be asked to fill out an information form and bring it with you to the appointment so that you and your Rolfer can discuss relevant medical history before beginning sessions. There is also time to discuss any questions you may have. The cost of the initial consultation is $75.00.

After the consultation, you can decide how you would like to schedule your series. Most people come every two weeks, but anything from a week to a month apart works well. This allows your body time to integrate the changes from the previous session. You can choose the time that feels most comfortable between sessions. Sessions are $150.00.

Additional Resources

Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration  www.rolf.org
Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation  www.rolfresearchfoundation.org
International Association of Structural Integrators® www.theiasi.net