Is Structural Integration the same thing as Rolfing™?

Structural Integration, created by Dr. Ida P. Rolf, is the more traditional version of what evolved into and became known as “Rolfing™.” Dr. Rolf found that the same tissue (the fascia) that pulls the body out of alignment can be used to bring the body back to its original, healthy state. She developed a series of sessions that can “open” and align the body. The number of sessions depends on the individual.

Who can use Structural Integration?

People who want relief from pain.  People who want to maintain their movement ability – a preventative measure.  People who have tried everything and don’t know where else to go.

I get clients of all ages and walks of life. A number of conditions can be helped by S.I. I have had success treating athletes, those with repetitive injuries, various chronic conditions, the disabled and even burn victims.

Does Structural Integration mean I don’t have to go to my doctor?

Professional medical advice is always encouraged. S.I. cannot solve every issue. Oftentimes, though, S.I. can remedy the problem. I will always be honest with you if I think that professional medical advice is necessary.

Is Structural Integration just for back pain?

No. S.I. works on the fascia, which covers every area of the inner body—muscles, tendons, ligaments, the organs, and heart. The brain is also covered by fascia, but is, understandably, an area that requires professional medical expertise. Otherwise, fingers, hands, arms, legs, toes, torso, neck, and organs are all effectively helped by S.I.

When will I start seeing results?

Since the fascia is being physically re-sculpted and the body as a whole is being affected, most people can feel the difference after one session.

How many treatments will I need?

Ida Rolf devised a system of 10 sessions that open any body in a particular way.   During the  ’10 Series’ and layer by layer, the body will become more open, working with its own structure and the gravitational field.  The body integrates as it goes along and continues to do so after these sessions are complete.

In doing work outside of the ‘series’, the number of sessions and the treatments involved depend upon many factors—age, health status, what type of problem you’re having, the cause of the problem (Car accident? Athletic injury? Sitting in front of a computer all day?), the severity of the problem, how chronic it is, etc.

My goal is to get you to “self-correct,” and not be totally dependent on office visits. By using techniques I can teach you, your body can stay in tensegrity. In a perfect world, that would be enough. However, like a car (yes, one of my favorite analogies), even the body needs to “go into the shop” for an occasional tune-up.

Is S.I. covered by insurance?

Since there are so many different policies, it’s best for you to check with your particular insurance company.

How do I know if S.I. will work for me?

The only true way of finding out is to try it. You will definitely feel a difference!