Structural Integration & the 10 series?

Structural Integration is a form of deep soft tissue bodywork  with movement education.   It  releases patterns of stress and tension that inhibit the body from moving freely by balancing the “structure” in gravity.

Structural Integration enhances the body’s pattern of organization. When the body is balanced in gravity it functions at higher levels of efficiency, coordination, movement, balance, flexibility, strength, and ease.  

The human body has to deal with gravity, people realize this force exists but most believe that they are immune to it. Gravity’s constant effect on the human body is to make it dense, fibrous and tough, leaving it in a state of imbalance. As we grow older, we often shrink in height, slowly lose flexibility and  range of motion. Our bones stay the same length and our muscles still function but the fascia (connective tissue) shrinks and this is what prevents our body functioning at its best. Structural Integration is the perfect tool to reverse this process to allow you to feel younger and more flexible as life goes on.

Dr. Rolf recognized that structural imbalances early in life were causes of chronic complaints in many adults. Such deviations from the ideal, like a tipped head, sway back, protruding belly, or hooked foot, would show up as neck strain, lower back pain, pelvic pain, and constant knee and foot injuries. An unbalanced body will compensate to combat the downward pull of gravity. The resulting distress is cumulative, the body becoming more and more out of balance as time passes. Fascia is strong connective tissue which performs a number of functions, including enveloping and isolating the muscles of the body, providing structural support and protection. Fascia shortens and thickens in response to repetitive strain, misuse, trauma, and disease. This further pulls the body away from ideal alignment and causes more discomfort in the body.

The effects of gravity on a misaligned body can show up as back pain, poor posture, tight, restricted muscles and movement, compressed and painful joints, chronic fatigue and depression.

Structural Integration works by lengthening and releasing the patterns in the fascia. As a result, the thickened toughened tissues become soft, re-hydrated and more pliable. Structural Integration changes the body’s patterns and it organises the imbalances in the tissue, therefore shifting the weight and balancing the body more evenly in gravity, giving the muscles the ability to relax and loosen, leaving a more upright and balanced posture with greater flexibility, range of motion and ease.
Dr. Rolf used to say: “Anyone can take a body apart; very few know how to put it back together”. The true genius of her method is the art and science of reshaping and reorganising human structure according to clearly defined principles in a systematic and consistent manner.

What is the basic ten series?

The ten sessions is broken down into 3 categories. The superficial session, the core sessions and the integrating sessions.

Sessions 1 to 3 focus on releasing the superficial layers of the connective tissue that can be described as the muscles close to the surface of the body also being called the sleeve muscles.

Sessions 4 to 7 are considered the core sessions. When I say this I mean the deep musculature and connective tissue of the body. Also called the intrinsic muscles, these help us with fine motor movement and produce graceful and fluid movement.

Sessions 8 to 10 are designed to integrate the core and the sleeve. The practitioner balances and aligns the patterns of the body and looks at re-ordering rotational patterns in the structure. The tenth and final session is also one of integration, but more importantly, serves to inspire a sense of order and balance

How does Structural Integration work?

Structural Integration works by lengthening and releasing the patterns in the fascia. As a result, the thickened toughened tissues become soft, re-hydrated and more pliable. Structural Integration changes the body’s patterns and it organises the imbalances in the tissue, therefore shifting the weight and balancing the body more evenly in gravity, giving the muscles the ability to relax and loosen, leaving a more upright and balanced posture with greater flexibility, range of motion and ease.
Dr. Rolf used to say: “Anyone can take a body apart; very few know how to put it back together”. The true genius of her method is the art and science of reshaping and reorganising human structure according to clearly defined principles in a systematic and consistent manner.

Are All the sessions needed?

 

Structural Integration & the 10 series?

Structural Integration is a form of soft tissue bodywork and physical therapy with movement education that release patterns of stress and tension that inhibit the body from moving freely.

Benefits of Structural Integration

Structural Integration improves posture, relieves chronic pain, increases flexibility and athletic performance.

What is Fascia?

Fascia is the connective tissue that covers every muscle, organ, tendon and Ligament.

Structural Integration & Children

The Positive Impacts of Structural Integration On Children’s Health at an early age gives them ease with their own bodies and develops confidence in their self image.

Research and Articles

Many scientific studies have been performed to confirm the effectiveness of the Structural Integration.

Videos on Structural Integration

Here are some videos of Dr Rolf and working with clients and talking about Structural Integration.

Before and After Pictures

Here you will find before and after pictures of people who have gone through the 10 sessions of Dr Rolf’s Structural Integration. Among the benefits, people report feeling taller, moving easier, having more energy and at ease with their bodies.

Faq’s, pricing and what to wear?

Cost and Client intake form.
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Who is Ida P.Rolf, Ph.D?

Ida P. RolfIda P. Rolf, a native New Yorker, graduated from Barnard College in 1916.

Client’s Testimonials:

Larry Dossey, MD, best-selling author
“There is one major reason to take Rolfing seriously: it works. Not only can it dramatically change people’s bodies, it can transform their lives as well. Rolfing is powerful stuff.”

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, a board-certified Internist and head of a fibromyalgia research clinic in Annapolis, MD, says “rolfing is a very powerful tool, and a very important tool for me to have for my patients. People who have suffered from chronic pain for 20 years will be amazed at how their pain goes away.”

“I send my patients to Chris to receive Structural Integration sessions as it is a whole body approach rather than  treating symptoms”.
Dr. Blumberg GP, Auckland N.Z

“Having lived with back chronic pain for a long time I had tried lots of therapies. Then I found Chris. Only after a few sessions of Structural Integration, I had more flexibility and range of motion and I could move easier. I now live without chronic back pain after completing the 10 series. I feel like I have been given a new lease on life !”

Peter Harold, Auckland

“He is a great therapist in the method he works on Rolfing – Structural Integration. He worked on me and helped me so much to deal with the pains in my body. A big Thank you!”
João, Lisbon Portugal.

” After having years of chronic muscle weakness I noticed a major difference after one session!”
Javad Mantegh, Tehran Iran.

“ Having many years of knee pain and then a replacement, Chris changed my posture which has allowed me to be better balance and be pain free”
Maryam Mehdipour, Tehran Iran.