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Rolf’s Structural Integration

(Also Known As Rolfing)

Rolf’s Structural Integration was developed Dr. Ida P. Rolf, born in May, 1896. By age 24, she earned a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry. She furthered her educational and professional pursuits in Europe, becoming well known both at home and abroad. Many decades of research lead to the development of Structural Integration, her life’s work, which also bears her name. She began formally training practitioners and instructors in this remarkable healing technique during the 1960’s. The Guild for Structural Integration, headquartered in Boulder, Colorado carries on the work of Dr. Rolf to the present day.

Dr. Rolf stated, “The focus of Rolfing is to restore order and symmetry to the physical structure that was originally our birthright, but lost.”

Since humans found their upright stance on two legs, we have found ourselves in a precarious and ongoing battle with gravity. In addition, most of us have found our bodies assaulted by one or more of the following, often resulting in pain:

• Repetitive patterns of use and stress from work or sports
• Survival postural patterns adopted while growing up
• Injuries and surgeries and the compensations resulting from them

These “assaults” on the body have much of their initial impact on the sheets of connective tissue known as fascia, that wrap around all the muscles and attach to the surface of our bones. Fascia can be pictured as an organic fabric which gives the body much of its shape and support, and is the white “marbleized” substance in raw meat. Fascia responds to these assaults by shortening, twisting and becoming less pliable. This shortens and compresses the body in certain areas, pulling it out of alignment and decreasing flexibility.

Ida Rolf found that by applying precise hands-on pressure to these shortened sheets of fascia, they become lengthened again, and the body is brought back to its original design. As this happens, pain is greatly reduced or eliminated. Studies conducted at UCLA have shown that people who have been thru “structural integration” expend much less effort and energy as they move.

“If you can imagine how it feels to have a fluid, light, balanced body, free of pain, stiffness and chronic stress, at ease with itself and the earth’s gravitational field, then you will understanding the goals of Structural Integration.”

~ Emmett Hutchins

FAQ’s for Rolf’s Structural Integration (Rolfing)

How many sessions are recommended?

The Rolf work of Structural Integration takes place over a 10-session series. Each session has different goals or themes with different areas or depths in the body being addressed. It is this dynamic and developmental series that contributes both to the dramatic results which clients experience, as well as the relative permanency of these changes.

What happens after the “10 series”?

For six months to a year after finishing the series, most people continue to improve without additional work. If the client wishes, they can opt to receive more sessions (called “post 10” work), which is usually done as a series of 3 or 5 sessions. The “post 10” work is designed to take the individual to yet a higher level of integration and lift.

What results can I expect from my “10 series”.

• Greater ease and flexibility
• Reduction or elimination of pain
• Dramatic increase in breath capacity
• Posture and alignment that support you despite the usually negative effects of gravity
• Improvements in your game: golf, tennis, running, yoga, Pilates, etc.
• A greater sense of grounded-ness, support and lift
• Feeling much more “at home” in your body

These physical sensations encourage confidence and empowerment.

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