Brian Hodgson Certified ROLF METHOD Practitioner London Ontario

WHAT IS THE ROLF METHOD OF STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION ?

Structural Integration, or Rolfing* as it has come to be known, was developed by the late Dr. Ida P. Rolf during the early twentieth century. Dr. Rolf’s primary intention was to develop a system of manual therapy and somatic re-education that would reorganize the body’s connective tissue system, thereby moving towards more efficient alignment and ease of function. In simpler terms, Structural Integration can, not only bring about relief from chronic pain and dysfunction, but can also evoke the experience of a body that feels lighter, stronger, more supple and flexible, as well as allowing movement that is more balanced and fluid.

These goals are achieved by working manually with the connective tissues or fascia of the body, for it is the fascia that determines the positioning and alignment of the muscles, bones and organs in the body. The fascia is the tough, fibrous tissue, which enwraps literally every bodily structure (i.e. muscles, bones, organs, nerves, blood vessels etc.). Ideally, it is strong, flexible and resilient and provides a balanced support system for the body - much like the cables of a suspension bridge. However, as we journey through life, we are all subjected to some extent, to the endless downward pull of gravity, as well as physical and emotional trauma, stress and illness. These factors, over time can produce distortions in the fascial system such as; shortening, thickening, twisting, adhering and dehydration, which will consequently result in reduced joint mobility, muscle strain, stiffness and weakness.

The traditional approach with the Rolf Method is to undertake a ten session series of treatments – usually spaced a week to two weeks apart. This “recipe” was developed over many years of experimentation by Dr. Rolf in order to gradually and systematically shift the entire body towards a higher level of function through the proper alignment of the connective tissues.

* the term Rolfing is a registered servicemark of
The Rolf Institute.

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