Rolfing® Structural Integration supports patterns of health rather then just focusing on symptomatic relief. The goal of Rolfing S.I. is to instill a more resilient, higher functioning system. The restored balance allows the body to relax and heal more completely.
Dr. Ida P. Rolf developed Rolfing Structural Integration and the Ten-Series. Her vision was to create a method to reorganize the body for it to function in a more optimal, economical way. She was a pioneer in explaining how gravity affects the body along with ways to counteract those effects. With a keen insight into how life is physically shaped by this force, she developed Rolfing Structural Integration. Ida Rolf understood Rolfing S.I. as a means to assist the development and evolution of the individual. Ida Rolf founded the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration to train people to be Rolfers™ and continue her work.
“We are not truly upright, we are only on our way to being upright. One of the jobs of the Rolfer is to speed the process along.”
Rolfers™ work to affect the weblike connective tissue known as fascia. With its strong yet elastic property, fascia provides form and support for the body. Fascia exists as a continuous interconnected network of tissue throughout the body. The muscles, bones and other structures organize and suspend themselves around this web. This support is known as bio-tensegrity and can be visualized with models such as with Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes or Thomas Flemon's bio-tensegrity models. Ida Rolf described fascia as the “organ of structure”. Fascia contains the most detailed blueprint of the body’s form. With this, Rolfers address form and thus function and vice versa.