Rolfing® Structural Integration

Rolfing® Structural Integration refers to a system of manual therapy developed by Dr Ida Rolf over 50 years of study. It is an original and scientifically proven system of body restructuring and movement education, which releases the body from lifelong patterns of tension and bracing. It allows the force of gravity to realign the body’s segments.

The initial Rolfing series of sessions is designed to uncover structural ease and balance that is unique to each client. Rolfing cannot accurately be described as therapy or as returning the body to a “natural” state from which it has deteriorated. Instead, it is a process of education in which a Rolfer seeks to help a client discover the most efficient means of using their body, given the uniqueness of the individual.

Through hands-on techniques and guided movements, Rolfing slowly stretches and repositions the body’s fascia, the supportive wrapping of the body, restoring natural length and elasticity to the body through its network of deep connective fibres of the fascia.

People seek this treatment as a way to ease pain and chronic stress and improve performance in their professional and daily activities. Athletes, dancers, children, business people, and people from all walks of life have benefited from Rolfing.


How is Rolfing different from massage?

Although massage and Rolfing share some techniques, Rolfing is very different from massage. Rolfing is a manual therapy that seeks to realign the body’s segments and restore natural length and elasticity through its network of deep connective fibres of the fascia. It is a slow process that can take several sessions to achieve lasting results.


Is Rolfing painful?

No, Rolfing is not painful. Some people may experience discomfort during a session as the body releases tension and bracing that has built up over a lifetime. However, the goal of Rolfing is to create ease and balance in the body, not pain.


Is Structural Integration the same as Rolfing?

Structural Integration is the broad term used to describe the system of manual therapy developed by Dr Ida Rolf. Rolfing, however, is a trademarked name for the specific type of Structural Integration used by the Rolf Institute, the school created by Dr Rolf.


Where can you study Rolfing® Structural Integration?

The Rolf Institute is the only school globally that offers certification in Rolfing Structural Integration. However, several alternative organizations provide training in Structural Integration. You can find these through the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI).

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