Structural Integration has been gaining steam in the UK as of late. Apparently it is an up and coming trend according to Lucy Fry at the Telegraph. While her article lacks depth I just get excited when my work is mentioned as a trend in another country, heck it’s not even on this continent!
I often get people asking about this “new” therapy I practice. I kindly tell them it’s been around since the 50’s, but apparently our marketing has been lacking in the last 60 years. Perhaps we are getting some traction these days, at least across the pond. Here is the article:
“Still worried that you’re too stressed or your muscles ache after exercise? Relax – the latest developments in science and alternative therapies promise to solve (nearly) all your problems
Move over massage, it’s time to welcome Rolfing. Developed in the mid-20th century by Ida Rolf, this is a hands-on process used for the treatment of injuries and chronic pain. Appealing more to those who want to instigate long-term postural change (rather than those who simply want their muscles pummelled for an hour), Rolfing is all about returning the body to its optimum structure via the realignment of the interconnective tissues (or myofascial layer) that hold the muscles in place.
If that sounds complicated, don’t worry – you’ll have plenty of time to ask your Rolfer about it, since the process usually involves 10 one-on-one sessions that move through different body parts and muscle groups. Previously there were only 23 qualified Rolfers in the UK; last year that number rose to 35 (rolfinguk.co.uk).”
Read the rest of the article here.
I help people see that when they hold stress from overwork, physical and emotional behavior patterns, repetitive strain, and even trauma, it is transmitted to the body. You can see it, whether it’s a compressed diaphragm, hunched and sloping shoulders, or thickness through the upper thighs. When I help clients release those stresses, I can empower them to heal the deeper issues that manifest themselves as physical symptoms.
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Rolfing is slightly different from each of these methods, in that a practitioner can actually lift up and move the myofascial layer back into its correct place, as well as helping to flush out waste products, as any tough massage might.
These x-rays of joints in motion are really cool. It shows the proper function Structural Integration seeks to promote.
The scientific community has developed an interest in fascia research as of late. Rolf Structural Integration works primarily with fascia, how will this research relate?
In my early 20s, I went through Rolfing, a form of deep-tissue bodywork, and I nervously anticipated the fifth session, the one that goes deep into the belly. But instead of gobs of repressed emotional pain, what poured out was love…
Competitive swimmer Hilary MacGregor hurt her shoulder. While she received some relief from more traditional therapies she wasn’t pain free until she tried Rolfing Structural Integration.
We have been presented with a rare opportunity to have an amazing study done in regards to Structural Integration and its effect on low back pain. Unfortunately the study has run out of money and needs a cash injection to continue on. We are close to our goal and any support you could give would be enormously helpful.
“Rolfing isn’t like any other bodywork modality I have experienced before. The sensations are totally new, interesting, strange, and enjoyably intense.”
We all know the pains of sitting for too long and many of us do this every day. Whether it be at work for hours on end or long commutes, the fallout can range from stiff and sore to chronically debilitating. But new research suggests that the negative effects can go much deeper than these more obvious issues.
Ida Rolf, who created Rolf Structural Integration, has been speaking about the importance of and creating change within the body’s fascia since the 50’s. Mainstream science is finally catching up to her.
The Seattle Seahawks Golden Tate praises Rolfing in this video testimonial. Rolfing, good training and diet keep him healthy and feeling fresh throughout the football season.
Tate, from the Seattle Seahawks football team, vouched for what Rolfing has done for his body. “I feel like I benefitted from it after just having one session,” Tate said…
This woman avoided surgery by using Rolf Structural Integration. She had been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and didn’t realize she had alternatives.
Rolfing Structural Integration is helpful for all walks of life. People who are serious athletes especially can be helped by the work. Structural Integration helps to break down unnecessary scar tissue from past injuries or surgeries. Check out this hockey players experience: “After Mark hurt his back playing hockey for the Philadelphia Flyers in 1990, […]
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I have been working with a structural integration practitioner named Stephanie Fish who has been helping to diagnose and correct my movement and postural dysfunctions. While the process is still in motion, I wanted to give you guys an idea of what structural integration is and how it might help find a solution to your own issues, as it has helped with mine.