What is Rolfing® Structural Integration?
“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 understand the goals of structural integration.”
– Dr. Ida P. Rolf
Rolfing® structural integration is an original and scientifically validated system of body restructuring and movement education. It releases the body’s segments; legs, torso, arms etc.; from life long patterns of tension and bracing and permits gravity to realign them. By doing so, it balances the body. People of all ages come to Rolfing® for help with neck pain, back problems, joint pains, impaired mobility and other difficulties, which originate with internal strains.
Misalignment of the body caused by old injuries results in chronic pain, lowered vitality and impaired functioning. Rolfing® has been shown to be an effective method of relieving pain and increasing a person’s feeling of well being.
Of all the forces affecting the human body, gravity is among the most powerful. Gravity exerts its force evenly; it tends to create strain in unbalanced bodies and to support balanced ones. Because the body is better-balanced after Rolfing®, it expends less of its vital energies against gravity. This biological energy-efficiency is often experienced as a higher level of alertness and vitality. Pain levels are dramatically reduced. Movement becomes easier and overall personal functioning tends to improve.
Rolfing® results in a feeling of fitness and wholeness. After Rolfing®, people stand and move with more surety and grace than before. Rolfing® improves appearance, relieves pain, enhances athletic performance, and leaves people feeling capable of a fuller realization of their potential.