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.


Liberated Body

February 7th 2018 : Blog

I found this podcast a bit late. By that I mean Brooke Thomas has somewhat recently stopped creating new episodes. But there’s an archive of episodes that I think are quite a collection of gems. Brooke is a Rolfer® who works out of New Haven, CT and this series of audio interviews and musings is her search for the perfect “body map”. Turns out there isn’t one. Turns out the body is a dynamic and organic structure that routinely defies strict categorization. Turns out things are much more interesting than a purely mechanistic view can explain away. Yes.

Here’s how she describes the podcast:

“Liberated Body is a podcast for all the body nerds out there.

What’s a body nerd?

A body nerd is someone who is fascinated by the human body in a way that is outside of the standard cultural story that tells us, essentially, that the body is a fleshy machine made of separate parts which we can reduce enough in order to fully pin it down, manipulate it, and control it.

While the dominant culture talks about the body as an object that can do our bidding (or that fails to do our bidding and therefore sucks), body nerds get excited about the body as a whole, living, unfolding experience which contains endless avenues for potential insight and exploration.

Because of this, listeners of the show are frequently practitioners and teachers of a variety of manual and movement therapies. Some however are people who don’t have a career in holistic health, and instead are simply inquisitive embodied folks. Whichever you are, if the phrase “body nerd” resonates you are our people- welcome! And thank you for making the world a more embodied place.”

Brooke interviews some really interesting thinkers in the somatic space, and she does it with good production. She is a great speaker and has the ability to tease information out of her guests in an engaging way. I highly recommend her podcast, you can find it here:

https://www.liberatedbody.com/

If you are new to podcasts I recommend the phone app Stitcher on Android and iTunes for Apple devices. Happy listening!

Rolfing, Cryotherapy, DNA testing: four new wellbeing trends

February 5th 2015 : Blog, News

Move over massage, it’s time to welcome Rolfing. Developed in the 1950s this is a hands-on process used for the treatment of injuries and chronic pain.

Fascia: The Secret Organ

January 21st 2015 : Blog

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.

Foam Roller Video

December 6th 2014 : Blog

This video shows a simple and superficial way to use the foam roller on a number of areas. This quick rolling technique is good for superficial muscles.

The Perfect Sleep Position

November 20th 2014 : Blog

Okay, so there is no perfect sleep position for everyone. We can each attempt to find our own perfect position though through trial and error. Here is an article in the Wall Street Journal that seeks to help you do just that. Most of the information is pretty good, give it a look and see […]

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

October 13th 2014 : Blog

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.

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.

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