Rolfing® / Structural Integration

Rolfing® Structural Integration is a system of manual therapy developed by Dr. Ida Rolf over fifty years. This approach focuses on restructuring the body and facilitating more informed movement patterns.

Structural Integration is based on the principle of alleviating persistent tension and bracing within the body, allowing for the realignment of body segments through gravitational forces.

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The Rolfing Structural Integration Series

The treatment typically begins with an initial series of sessions tailored to each client, focusing on uncovering structural ease and balance.

Rather than simply being therapeutic or an attempt to return the body to its previous state, Rolfing is fundamentally educational.

It involves a Rolfer™ working with clients to find the most efficient use of their body, considering their unique physical characteristics.

Techniques and Benefits

Rolfing utilizes hands-on manipulation and guided movements to gradually stretch and reposition the body’s fascia, the supportive web surrounding muscles and organs.

This process helps restore the natural length and elasticity of the fascia network, enhancing overall physical freedom.

Individuals, including athletes, dancers, children, and professionals, seek Rolfing to alleviate pain, reduce chronic stress, and improve performance in both professional and everyday activities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How is Rolfing different from massage?

  • Although Rolfing and massage both involve manual techniques, Rolfing focuses on the strategic realignment and elongation of the body through the fascia system. Unlike typical massage therapy, Rolfing requires multiple sessions to achieve sustainable changes.

Is Rolfing painful?

  • Rolfing is not intended to be painful. Some individuals may experience temporary discomfort as the body adjusts and releases accumulated tension. The objective is to foster a state of balance and ease, not discomfort.

Is Structural Integration the same as Rolfing?

  • Structural Integration is the overarching term for Dr. Rolf’s system. Rolfing is a trademarked form of Structural Integration practiced by professionals trained at the Rolf Institute—the only institution sanctioned by Dr. Rolf to certify practitioners.

Where can you study Rolfing® Structural Integration?

  • The Rolf Institute is the premier location worldwide offering certification in Rolfing Structural Integration. Alternatively, the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI) lists various schools that provide training in Structural Integration techniques.

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