Structural Integration is a bodywork method created by Dr. Ida P. Rolf that balances and aligns the body, through work on the connective tissue, called fascia. Fascia surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, organs, and nerves, binding some structures together while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other. )
Fascia is designed to be elastic and move freely with muscles and bones. Injury, stress, work-related repetitive movements and the effects of aging can cause fascia to lose its elasticity and become shorter, tighter, and more dense. When the matrix of fascia is twisted or shortened it pulls our muscles and skeleton out of proper alignment and posture, which can cause pain, discomfort, and fatigue.
Using strategically applied pressure, the process of Structural Integration lengthens and frees the connective tissue where it’s short and ‘stuck’ to restore postural balance, ease of movement, and a feeling of being more at home in your own body. It is practiced in an organized series of sessions or individual sessions within a framework that is designed to restore postural balance by aligning and integrating the body in gravity.
Structural Integration is based on the work of Dr. Ida P. Rolf. It is practiced by persons trained in Structural Integration at schools and institutions in accordance with the standards established by the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI)