What is Rolfing Structural Integration?
American biochemist Dr. Ida Rolf developed the technique at the beginning the twentieth century.
It is a system of physical manipulations and movement training.
Rolfing addresses the connective tissues called fascia.
Fascia is the component of the connective tissue which permeates the entire human body. As a result it holds the body structures together by providing stability and tautness.
It aims at improving posture and movement by re-establishing adequate tonicity and spatial relationships of the fascia.
It sets forth two fundamental insights. Firstly, the body is more at ease and functions most effectively when its structures are balanced in gravity along a vertical line.
Secondly, restrictions at any level of the body can be reflected at all other levels. Therefore it considers the whole body when searching for the causes of patterns and restrictions. For further information refer to this video on Tensional Integrity or Tensegrity.
Rolfing is the art of reshaping and reorganising human structure according to clearly defined principles.
Access further information on the Rolf Institute website.