What is Rolfing® Structural Integration?

The Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration provides an official explanation on their website:

Named after its founder, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing® Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body.

More than fifty years ago, Dr. Rolf recognized that the body is inherently a system of seamless networks of tissues rather than a collection of separate parts. These connective tissues surround, support and penetrate all of the muscles, bones, nerves and organs. Rolfing® Structural Integration works on this web-like complex of connective tissues to release, realign and balance the whole body, thus potentially resolving discomfort, reducing compensations and alleviating pain. Rolfing SI aims to restore flexibility, revitalize your energy and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body.

Essentially, the Rolfing process enables the body to regain the natural integrity of its form, thus enhancing postural efficiency and your freedom of movement.

The body knows how to move, and to do it well. And yet sometimes the body loses touch with this ability. Desk-jobs, chronic stress, fixed patterns of thought and movement, injuries past, present, and future—over time such conditions conspire and accumulate with the effect of stifling the body’s native grace. My job as a Rolfer is to reawaken the innate capacity for organic and harmonious movement that we all possess. The whirlwind of daily life all too often leaves us disembodied, dis-integrated, and dis-membered. Rolfing is a journey of embodiment, of integration, of re-membering. It is a kind of pilgrimage to the center of ourselves in which, by dint of circumstance, we have ceased to dwell. I strive to guide my clients along their respective voyages of somatic discovery, though each of them makes the journey him or herself. Each of you is Dante. In the end, I work with you, for you so I am like Virgil in some respects despite being a vastly lesser poet.

Sessions are $150 and usually last between an hour and an hour and a half.

Please find the Writings page on this website for more explanation of this method. Or contact me directly at 907 342 5762. Better still…both!



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