( Also known as )
Structural Integration (Rolfing)
Rolfing is a therapy system created by Dr. Ida Paula Rolf , she begun developing it in the 1930’s in New York and in 1971, founded The Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Structural Integration is a scientifically validated process of restructuring the body through movement, touch, and education.
The field of gravity is an unseen force that is consistently interacting with the human body - Structural Integration (also known as Rolfing) aims to re-educate the human body so that it lives and moves in harmony within the field of gravity rather than being at war with gravity.
The Guild for Structural Integration has always instructed their students in the way Dr Ida P. Rolf would have expected. This is a form of hands on body work that assists the human body in moving to a place of better balance, better organisation, greater overall freedom, ease of movement, less stress and wholeness.
Ida taught the work from the town of Boulder in Colorado, USA. Her work, the Rolf method of Structural Integration, is made up of 10 basic sessions, each one building on the previous.
She referred to her work as the recipe, and like all recipes can be changed and modified according to the ingredients available. So, as we all come from different walks of life, taller, shorter, fatter, thinner, fit or unfit, stressed or not so stressed, this therapy is designed to suit and benefit all body types.
There are 10 sessions in the basic 10 series and this may seem like a daunting commitment. It can easily be spread over a number of weeks, or even months to suit the individual.
The body responds to stress by tightening and shortening. Most people can identify the muscular body tightening associated with momentary stress. We say we 'hold ourselves together.' What most of us miss is how the yearly accumulations of day by day tightening and tension are locked into the body and affect our overall health.
Rolfing can help reduce stress by creating a higher level of integration in the body by balancing and educating the body and psyche. As the body becomes balanced, it is more comfortable in the gravitational field meaning physical and emotional stress will reduce.
All clients experience benefits from Rolfing, an important one for most is that they are less stressed and more at ease within their bodies.
There are many advantages to do with rolfing; one may be that it not only helps to reduce stress but can help to realign the body and reduce many aches, pains and injuries. Rolfing can also give you a better posture, breathing capacity and often people feel lighter and healthier after their 10 sessions. It is also non medicated, taking medication to relieve stress can sometimes have some complications and the body can react to them.
By Sarah Wilson (Student)