Rolfing® Structural Integration was developed by Dr. Ida Rolf 50 years ago as a form of bodywork that deals with connective tissues. This ”fascia” surrounds, supports, and penetrates all of our muscles, bones, nerves, and organs. These structures keep us upright against the force of gravity, which is constantly pulling us toward earth. The first priority of our bodies is to keep from falling down, to stay upright in gravity. The second is to move, all the while counteracting gravity. Our brains and soft tissue work together, constantly adapting to make this happen.
The Rolfer™ sees this system more as a web-like “tensegrity” model than as a system of levers (bones) and strings (muscles). When warmth and pressure are applied to stiff fascia, it changes in consistency; and that makes shifts in posture and movement possible. Rolfing SI releases long-held patterns to allow the body to be more comfortable, efficient, and graceful.
The early Rolfing Structural Integration sessions create mind-body connections like “Where am I relative to the ground? Where am I relative to the space around me? Where am I relative to other people?” The later, deeper, sessions delve into “Who am I?” and “How do I connect with others?” and “Where am I going?”