Note – I am not a certified practitioner of either Structural Integration or ROLFing. I have studied under teachers who have trained in both systems and seen first hand the quality and efficacy of their approach to treatment and therapy. Over time I have incorporated aspects of the S.I. principals and techniques into my own work but this multi-faceted approach is in no way equatable with formal S.I. treatment. Please get in touch if you would like to be referred to a local certified practitioner.
From the Guild of Structural Integration website (http://www.rolfguild.org/about/structural-integration):
“Structural Integration is a scientifically validated body therapy. Unlike massage, Structural Integration focuses not on the muscles but on their protective layer, called fascia (also known as connective tissue). Muscles are contracting tissues that give the body and organs physical movement. The fascia surrounds the muscles, bones and organs in the body. The fascia gives muscles their shape and the body its structure.
Structural Integration aligns and balances the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia. As fascia is lengthened it allows the muscles to move more efficiently. The practitioner will apply pressure to the body, working the entire fascial system in a systematic way. When restricted fascia is released and lengthened the body can return to its structurally optimal position.
The continuing pull of gravity, the stress of daily activities and physical injuries can pull the body out of alignment. The fascia gradually shortens, tightens and adjusts to accommodate the misalignment. When the body is out of alignment it creates inefficiency and imbalance resulting in stiffness, discomfort and loss of energy.
When a body is aligned and balanced it moves with greater ease. It requires less energy to function. Good posture is effortless and breathing is easier. The body becomes more flexible, more coordinated and athletic performance improves.”