Who can benefit from Structural Integration?
Everyone under the sun can enrich their lives with postural balance and alignment. People of all ages, children to the elderly, benefit from the series. Some seek out Structural Integration to alleviate chronic pain issues. Others undergo the series preemptively as a preventative means for greater health and well-being.
Overall, Structural Integration will improve your quality of life and heighten your sense of well-being in all that you do. With structured balance and the long-term benefits that result from the series, you will embody a higher level of functioning in every activity. We can work collaboratively to refine and improve your abilities in sports, work, favorite hobbies, and day-to-day activities.
How long do the results last?
The beauty of structural bodywork is that this work continues to integrate into your body long after a session/series. Structural changes may not be visibly drastic at first but may be seen and felt after some time has passed. Pictures of people taken years after their 10 series show that they maintain the postural change.
Can children benefit from Rolf Structural Integration?
The Rolf Method of Structural Integration is brilliant for young people with a variety of issues. Sessions tend to be shorter and are tailored to the child's age and attention span. Working with Scoliosis in childhood is of particular benefit. Click here for more info on Structural Integration and Children.
How frequently should sessions occur and can I exercise?
Once a week is ideal but I recommend clients decide their own timing. I have clients who come once a week, a fortnight or once a month. The body has time to change between the sessions when they are spaced apart. Regular exercise is fine, but don't go run a marathon after a session!! Walking and exercise like yoga, tai-chi and swimming help integrate your awareness with your changes.
What should I wear during the session?
Most people wear their regular underwear, a bra for women and boxers or briefs for men. It this feels too revealing, shorts and a sport bra or string top can be worn instead.
Why does Structural Integration work?
Lasting relief happens when the whole body is balanced. For example, a pain in your neck and shoulders could be the symptom of a rotation in your pelvis, a fallen arch or an old injury elsewhere in your body. Your whole structure and your way of moving must be assessed, to trace where the lack of support for the neck is coming from. Working to release only the painful problem areas is rarely enough. When a body is aligned and balanced it moves with greater ease, requiring less energy to function. Good posture and movement is effortless in a balanced, integrated body.
What are the long-term benefits?
Feelings of discomfort or pain are often alleviated as your posture improves. Other common benefits are greater flexibility, a feeling of lightness and fluidity, better balance, increased breathing capacity, increased energy and greater self-confidence. How well a client is able to engage with their own body and how great their individual capacity for change is, will influence the benefits. A small improvement for one client may represent a significant personal achievement for another.
What about contra-indications?
The Rolf Method of Structural Integration is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment. It makes no attempt at diagnosis and does not prescribe. Its purpose is to bring order to our structure; thereby increasing well being and allowing us reach our potential. Feel free to email questions about pre-existing health concerns.
What conditions can Rolf Structural Integration help with?
Clients and practitioners have reported improvements in many conditions after a series of Rolfing sessions, examples of some conditions follow...
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The ‘recipe’ of the 10-session series is a systematic approach to re-balancing and reorganizing the entire body in all three dimensions in gravity. It is a collaborative journey between the client and practitioner and operates as a process treating the client’s entire structure from head-to-toe, instead of treating his/her symptoms. Each session focuses on different terrains of the body, ultimately relating each part to the whole structure, and each has their own specific intention.
"To me, the most important thing is not a specific Rolfing hour; it's the progression from hour to hour. It's the way you prepare in the second hour for the third hour so that you can get results of the third hour. You can't do ten hours in one hour. You've got to build up. You've got to build up the tone of the muscles." from Rolfing and Physical Reality by Dr. Ida P. Rolf Ph.D.
Do I have to sign up for the 10 sessions straight away?
No, you are welcome to come for the first session and see how you feel. You will know after one session if Structural Integration is for you. The first 3 sessions, or the ‘superficial/sleeve’ sessions is a great introduction to the work. However, it is highly recommended to complete the entire 10-Series to reap the full benefits of effortless balance and alignment within the field of gravity, restoring a longstanding natural ease, grace, and fluidity back into your life.
Do I have to complete the Entire Series?
For a relief of a particular pain issue, between one and three sessions may be enough to feel improvement. However, it is highly recommended to complete the entire 10 Series if your goal is a long term change in overall sense of well being for body and mind.
HOW THE 10 SERIES WORKS!
Sessions 1-3: The “Sleeve” sessions
The surface layers of connective tissue are loosened and balanced. The arms, ribcage, diaphragm, upper leg, hamstrings, neck, spine, foot and muscles of the hips and lower leg are worked on.
Sessions 4-7: The “Core" sessions
The area found between the bottom of the pelvis and top of the head is examined. In these sessions the deep tissue of the legs and their role in support are addressed.
Session 8-10: The “Integration” sessions
These blend previously established advancements and ones yet to be made, into the body. This is a way that encourages smooth movement and natural coordination to inspire a sense of order and balance.
Not sure about the 10? Come for 1, if that helps come for 2 and 3 and then decide!
Structural Integration and Rolfing etc
Explanations of the Brands of Structural Integration eg. Rolfing etc, and comparasions to massage etc.
Is Structural Integration the same as Rolfing®?
Yes, Ida Rolf called her work Structural Integration, a name which is descriptive of the process. Rolfing was originally a nickname for the work derived from her name and has sense been trademarked. Rolfers® are taught the same 10-series as Structural Integrators do. The other main schools are the Guild for Structural Integration, KMI and Heller Work. The Rolf Institute, is one school of Structural Integration and has registered Rolfing® and Rolfer® as a trademark. Various brands of Structural Integration are Kinesis Myofascial Integration, Rolfing, and Hellerwork.
The Guild for Structural Integration was founded by her two first teachers and teaches the Rolf Method of Structural Integration, and continues to develop and teach the 10 series of Structural Integration. Collectively, we are all part of the same SI community and strive to carry out Ida Rolf’s vision in every client. The International Association of Structural Integration has a list of all the colleges dedicated to teaching Structural Integration. For more info in Ireland visit. www.rolfingireland.ie
How does Structural Integration differ from Massage Therapy?
The only similarity shared between SI and massage is skin-to-skin contact. Structural Integration deals with and manipulates the soft tissue throughout the entire body. SI and massage have different goals. SI focuses on re-balancing your entire structure by lengthening and releasing the tissue which enwraps every organ, muscle, bone, nerve and blood vessels. Massage therapy focuses on lengthening and relieving tension of the muscular system.
Unique to Structural Integration is the therapeutic partnership between the client and practitioner. The client does not passively lie on the table with the intention to relax and restore usually found in massage sessions. The client takes an active role throughout the series with their awareness, breath, and conscious movements on the table.
Another difference is the treatment of pain. Structural Integrators believe that the pain and symptom are not in the same location. We assert pain is usually caused by structural imbalances occurring in other areas of the body (e.g., chronic pain of the neck may be due to imbalances in the feet, knees, and hips). Massage therapy is beneficial to address localized pain and releasing stiffness and tension at the symptom area (working where it hurts).
Structural Integration and massage therapy are highly complementary to one another and each modality is very effective. It is a question of which modality is right for you.
What is the difference between Structural Integration, and Chiropractic?
Structural Integration looks for the cause of pain in your structural alignment and your personal body habits. In order to achieve long term relief we treat the whole body on the principle that pain finds long term release through balanced body alignment and movement with awareness.
Chiropractic work tends to treat the area of pain and relieve it through bony adjustments. While both are positive, the intention of Structural Integration is to work with long term structural changes to re-educate your posture and movement, preventing further problems.