About Structural Integration
The Rolf Method of Structural Integration (S.I.) is the finest and most beneficial form of Bodywork that I have ever come across. It was developed by Dr. Ida Rolf and has come to be commonly known as “Rolfing” or the “Rolf Method.”
“Structural Integration is about the whole person, the sensation of moving from weakness into strength, the exhilaration of owning a new part of one self, the immediate and simultanious re-education of one’s being and action with joy of self empowerment.”
– Emmett Hutchins, Guild for Structural Integration
In the 1970’s Ida Rolf appointed Joseph Heller as the first president of the Rolf Institute. He added to the scope of her work by teaching movement and encouraging dialog, which helped clients to understand better their part in undoing physical, mental, and emotional tension. S.I. is about undoing inefficient habits that are learned in life and get reflected in the body’s posture. Tension can be released so that it does not accumulate and cause pain. A client said it was like someone released the “hand brake,” that was holding them back from free and easy motion.
S.I. establishes lasting change in the body. I have experienced this for myself for over 20 years now and continue to see improvement in my life as well as others. I am very thankful to Joseph Heller as one of my teachers who taught me this work and process. As an advanced Rolfer – Joseph Heller still teaches the art and science of this powerful somatic therapy known as Hellerwork.
By addressing the entire person and not just the body, pain and tension on all levels are either reduced or eliminated. S.I. addresses the structure and function of the body in a truly holistic model. The results being a life with more freedom and balance, along with personal awareness and power. Simply put, the greater our ease of movement, the easier life is and the more we get out of it.
Integration is the act of bringing things together that were isolated or ignored. Guiding components and segments of the body into a single system that functions as one.
Essential, smooth, flowing – seamless coordination.
Integrity: Uprightness, Wholeness, Courage, Consciousness.
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