The Rolf Method of Structural Integration
Structural Integration is a unique process of hands on manipulation that focuses on releasing the fascia and holding patterns and structural imbalances in a person’s body. Fascia is connective tissue that surrounds all of the bones, muscles, nerves, organs and blood vessels in the body. Over time through mis-use, trauma and repetitive motion the tissue becomes de-hyrdrated, shortens and tightens and can pull the body out of alignment. One small misalignment, like an ankle sprain, left untreated can lead to compensatory patterns through the entire body. The sprain can turn into a sore knee, then a sore hip or low back and suddenly a simple ankle sprain affects the whole body. By manipulating the fascia and asking the client to make small, specific movements, restrictions can be released and elasticity can be restored to the fascia.
Structural Integration is a process; not a technique. The work is typically delivered in a series of ten sessions. Each session has a specific intention or goal and a different part of the body is worked in each session. Each session sets up the body for the subsequent session and as the layers of fascia are unravelled a feeling of lightness and ease begins to take over.