How Rolf Structural Integration Works

Step One: Discussion and Observation
When you come into your first appointment at our office, we will spend extra time discussing the symptoms you feel and what you want to get out of your Rolf Structural Integration sessions. Oftentimes, your body will speak louder than your words. After the initial interview, we will carefully observe your posture. We may ask you to sit, stand, and hold different positions. This might feel kind of silly, but it’s important. We are looking for postural asymmetries, which may be causing your pain. We also want to see how well your muscles move to determine if you have any mobility restrictions.

After our observations are complete, we will have a game plan for your session!

We can make noticeable changes in a client’s fascia even in the first appointment.

Step Two: Palpitation
Clients are asked to strip down to tight undergarments so that we can clearly see and touch the areas of the body we need to work on. Unlike massage, the client does not need to fully undress. After the observation phase, we will ask you to lie or sit on a table while we palpate different muscles to determine areas where the fascia is thick and hard

Step Three: Pressure
The main phase of a Rolf Structural Integration session is pressing and holding on the areas of the body where the fascia is tightest and hardest. Unlike massage, we do not knead muscles or use oils. Instead, we use fingers, palms, and even elbows to find tight pockets of fascia and to press those areas until the fascia softens and releases.

Some mild discomfort is expected during the process, as we are releasing years’ worth of hardened, thickened fascia. However, many clients enjoy the process, and very few report pain during the session.

We can make noticeable changes in a client’s fascia even in the first appointment.