Structural Integration - Deep Tissue Bodywork, Posture and Movement Education

"When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through. Then, spontaneosly, the body heals itself."
Ida Rolf, Ph.D.


What is Rolfing – and can it fix my running injuries?

October 13th 2014 : Blog

Rolfing May Help RunnersRunners come into my office often with injuries related to their favorite past time. Unfortunately running can be quite hard on the body, especially when done over a long period of time. There are always tight IT bands involved and usually some shin tension among other things. It’s important for runners to take care of their body with regular bodywork just for maintenance purposes. But it’s often an injury that prompts the first visit. This article does a good job outlining the benefits.

“What is it used for?

Often used as a method to treat chronic pain, like that associated with nasty RSI or muscle imbalances (as seen in professional musicians, or athletes) or for arthritis and back pain. For me, it was a debilitating hip injury, combined with some nasty stiffness in the upper back – oh and – let’s not forget that weak ankle – that led me to looking beyond the more well known treatment methods to something, perhaps more far-reaching, that might get (literally) get under the skin of the issue.

What about Rolfing for runners, more specifically?

If you’re a runner, the chances are you’re already familiar with different types of treatment methods, like physiotherapy (which takes the long, slow, but often very successful view), acupuncture (which aims to release tension from muscles, often with high levels of pain, and thus swearing, on my part) and sports massage (that kneading thing you love to hate). Maybe you even know a bit about muscle activation techniques and myofascial release therapy, and perhaps you can administer a bit of love to your knotty bits yourself, via the ubiquitous foam roller or a hard ball.

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.

“I have worked with many amateur runners who report better economy of movement in running, as well as the resolution of various niggles such as ankle, knee or hip pain,” said experienced London-based Rolfer, Alan Richardson, when I inquired as to how his chosen method might be able to help.

Obviously, when niggles are sorted out and postural issues addressed, it’s possible to run better (especially – disclaimer! – if you’ve taken a few running technique lessons). This then leads to a reduced risk of injury, not to mention a general upsurge in style, speed and panache. It is a little bit chicken-and-egg though; you need to run with good form, to avoid overuse injuries and postural imbalances developing. But if you’ve got those problems already, the injuries are around the corner…”

[Read the rest of this article here]

Excerpt written by Lucy Fry for www.theguardian.com
Photo by Toa55 used with permission from freedigitalphotos.net

 

Moving X-Ray Shows Joint Movement

September 5th 2014 : Blog

These x-rays of joints in motion are really cool. It shows the proper function Structural Integration seeks to promote.

How a Mysterious Body Part Called Fascia Is Challenging Medicine

August 19th 2014 : Blog

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?

Structural Integration Can Be Emotional… in a good way.

July 11th 2014 : Blog, Testimonials

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…

Rolfing Structural Integration for a Shoulder Injury

June 26th 2014 : Blog, Testimonials

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.

Harvard Study – Structural Integration for Low Back Pain

June 6th 2014 : Blog

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 Structural Integration 10 Series Testimonial

May 1st 2014 : Blog

“Rolfing isn’t like any other bodywork modality I have experienced before. The sensations are totally new, interesting, strange, and enjoyably intense.”

Deadly Issues That No One Ever Told You About Sitting

March 14th 2014 : Blog

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.

Understanding Your Fascia

February 13th 2014 : Articles, Blog, News

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.

Rolfing Testimonial – Pro Football Player

January 31st 2014 : Blog

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.

Rolfer Helps Seattle Seahawks Football Players

January 17th 2014 : Blog

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…

Rolf Structural Integration Helps Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

November 21st 2013 : Blog

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 Helps Professional Hockey Player

October 31st 2013 : Blog

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, […]

Why Are You Holding Your Breath?

October 9th 2013 : Blog

This is a blog post from a colleague of mine Buffy Owens. She practices the Feldenkrais Method in upstate New York. If you’re ever in the area check her out, she’s great at what she does. – – – – Have you ever wondered why you hold your breath when doing something new? We often […]

Fascial Research Video – Is Fascia the Cause of Pain?

September 7th 2013 : Blog

Is fascia the cause of pain in the human body? This video explores the research that points to this possibility.

A CrossFit Trainers Structural Integration Experience – Part 1

August 24th 2013 : Blog

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.

Why Doesn’t My Back Hurt? I GOT ROLFED!

July 27th 2013 : Blog

I’ve gotten my hopes up so many times that I look on anyone with a massage table and a face donut with intense skepticism. But Rolfing could be different? Right?

How does bone change shape?

July 25th 2013 : Blog

The riddle was to find how two different materials combine to form something that is simultaneously hard, tough and slightly flexible.

Passive Walking Robot – Structural Integration

July 19th 2013 : Blog

This robot exemplifies the ability to walk passively. To a degree we have this ability as humans. Rolf Structural Integration seeks to teach this technique.

My Keyboard Tried to Kill Me! Finding help for carpal tunnel through Structural Integration

July 11th 2013 : Blog

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, many computer users have suffered this and similar repetitive stress injuries. Learn how Structural Integration helped this person.

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