About the Rolf Method of Structural Integration
The Rolf method of Structural Integration is a hands on manipulation of both fascia and connective tissue, with the aim of re-organizing the body, such that movement and postural alignment are restored. This provides relief from pain, corrects muscular dysfunction and improves performance in daily, professional or sporting activities.
During our lives we a crew injuries, our posture distorts through vocational repetitive activity, and we suffer the effects of gravity as we age. These changes compromise our physical ease of movement, and alter the freedom in which we live and function in the world.
The Rolf method of Structural Integration is a systematic way of releasing and rebalancing the fascial guy ropes of our body; such that the bones, joint congruence, muscular balance, and bodily segmental organization can realign themselves in the field of gravity.
A well aligned body with good posture enables one to move with enhanced energetic flow and freedom, hugely increasing quality of life. The ideal behind this is that structure enables function, and so the more congruent our structure, the greater our potential to express ourselves.
What are the benefits of The Rolf Method of Structural Integration?
- Improved posture with a possible height increase.
- Alleviates pain and stiffness by the release of muscular restrictions and correct movement across joints.
- More physically active. As restrictions are released and movement becomes easier and less energy is required for movement.
- Lessens injury likelihood and increases injury recovery time
- Improved physiology which promotes a Greater sense of well being
- Emotional release which accompanies the easing of deep seated tension.
- Increases confidence and self esteem.
What conditions are helped by structural integration?
- RSI and tendonitis
- Low back pain– by addressing all the areas that may be causing the vertebrae to be out of alignment, (i.e. arches of the feet, horizontality of the knee and hip joint), rather than just temporary symptomatic relief.
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Flat feet, or other foot related problems
- Restores the ability to walk normally – balances the hips and re-establishes the gait
- Injury recovery; once casts are removed following a breakage, muscular balance needs to be re-established
- Nerve entrapment syndromes
- Restless leg syndrome