What is Rolf Structural Integration?

Rolf Structural Integration is holistic body work. It helps re-establish elasticity and lubrication to sticky and viscous fascia tissue and an upright posture. In a series of ten sessions Rolfers™ support their clients in improving their posture and movement patterns.

How Does Rolf Structural Integration Work?

The tools of our trade are fingers, hands, and elbows. Rolf Structural Integration includes palpitations and pressure to help release constricted fascia.

Who Can Benefit from Rolf Structural Integration?

In a nutshell, we believe everyone can benefit from Rolf Structural Integration. At our office, we see athletes, weekend warriors, stay-at-home moms, teenagers, office workers, executives, teens, and more.

Rolf Structural Integration vs. Massage

Though Rolf Structural Integration is a hands-on type of bodywork, it is very different from a traditional massage. Most massages work only with muscle, while Rolf Structural Integration manipulates the fascia.

On the surface, Rolf Structural Integration may seem like a massage. They both entail hands-on bodywork, but that’s about where the comparison ends. Massage focuses on the muscles and kneading out knots. The results of massage are often a temporary relief, because it does not address the underlying cause of chronic pain. If someone has a lot of asymmetry, massage won’t fix that.

Rolf Structural Integration will. Our sessions may not be as relaxing as a Swedish massage, but we will focus on releasing the fascia, which can trap the body into a poor posture, causing chronic pain. The techniques of a Rolf Structural Integration session also differ from a massage. We focus on observing the symmetry of the body, palpitating to find areas of hardened fascia, and using deep pressure to soften and release the tension of the fascia.

As a result, Rolf Structural Integration can support permanent symmetry and pain relief in the body.

Rolf Structural Integration vs. Chiropractic Care

Rolf Structural Integration is also different than chiropractic care. At an average chiropractic session, a chiropractor will manipulate specific joints in your body. The goal is similar to Rolf Structural Integration. Your chiropractor is trying to reset the symmetry of your body to promote healing and increased mobility. However, we believe that moving joints in the spine and other areas of the body won’t address the primary issue that causes asymmetry and pain – the fascia. Sure, chiropractic care may shift the bones and briefly move the body back into good alignment, but if the fascia is still harden and constricted, it will pull the body right back into poor posture.

Rolf Structural Integration loosens the fascia, allowing the body to settle naturally into proper symmetry. Once the fascia is released, both chiropractic care and massage will be much more effective, though many clients don’t even feel like they need these services anymore.