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Rolf Structural Integration

The Ida P. Rolf Method of Structural Integration is a 10 session process of deep myofascial bodywork and movement awareness exercise that enhances your body's alignment. It's a great way to improve posture and overall function.

Structural Integration aligns and balances your body by lengthening and repositioning the connective tissue known as fascia. This fascia wraps around your muscles and bones, and when it's lengthened, your muscles have the freedom to move more efficiently. When restricted fascia is released and lengthened your body can return to its structurally optimal position.

The art of Structural Integration represents the life work of Dr. Ida P. Rolf. After earning her Ph.D in Biological Chemistry in 1920, Dr. Rolf worked as a research scientist for the Rockefeller Institute in New York for 13 years. She spent fifty years studying, searching, developing and teaching her system of creating a more upright human structure, a body with greater verticality and balance which functions more efficiently in gravity, the field in which we live. Her primary goal was to enlist the supportive benefits of gravity. Gravity is never neutral. Dr. Rolf said, "When gravity isn't tearing something down, it's upholding it."

She determined that the human structure is a "plastic medium", and that by applying pressure, energy and intention the muscular structure can be altered and freed from long-held abberation, the result of physical and/or emotional traumas. By working to free the myofascial network which encases and relates each muscle and each group of muscles, the body returns to its natural organization, and accordingly functions in a more efficient, graceful and comfortable way. She observed that when human structure becomes more vertical, more balanced, and more upright, a whole series of other significant changes occur in the person.

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Structural Integration has a simple, yet profound message.

1) The body is a plastic medium (changeable).

2) By changing the structure, one changes the function of a human being.

Structural Integration consistently demonstrates that imbalance can be replaced with balance, limitation can be replaced by freedom; a random, abberated and painful body can grow into greater verticality, order and ease.

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