About Rolfing SI

What is Rolfing SI?
Rolfing® Structural Integration is a system of tissue manipulation and movement education that organizes the whole body in gravity. Rolfing focuses on long-term body alignment and improves function of the body through manipulation of the connective tissue, known as fascia. Connective tissue surrounds, supports, and penetrates all muscles, bones, nerves, and organs. Work on the web-like complex of connective tissue can release, realign, and alleviate pain. Rolfing aims to restore flexibility, revitalize energy, and leave a person feeling more confident in their own body. Rolfing enables the body to regain integrity of its form, thus enhancing postural efficiency and freedom of movement.
Who can benefit?
People who want to reduce pain and chronic muscle tension, generally resulting from physical or emotional traumas, people who want to increase their athletic performance, people who would like greater ease with their occupations, and people who would like better posture in general. Each body is unique with its own history, occupation, and way of life.
How does it work?
Rolfing SI is performed over a series of 10 sessions. It allows the practitioner to affect the client’s structure in a methodical manner and educate the client's movement for efficient function. The first 3 sessions involve loosening the superficial fascia or the sleeve muscles and nerves. Sessions 4-7 involve the deeper fascia of the core including the muscles, organs, and bone alignment. Sessions 8-10 integrate the body as a whole so the client can embody the experience.
How was Rolfing SI created?
Dr. Ida Rolf came up with this concept of fascia manipulation. She acquired a Ph.D. in biochemistry. Ida furthered her knowledge of the body through research in organic chemistry. She explored many forms of alternative healing including homeopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic, and yoga. Her concepts of the 10-Series are being taught at the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® in Boulder, CO.
How is Rolfing SI different than Massage and Chiropractic?
The purpose of massage therapy is relaxation and release of tension. Rolfing SI aims for a longer term and overall improvement in your body’s alignment and functioning. Chiropractic focuses on the framework of the body which are the bones and joints. Both Chiropractic and Rolfing SI are complementary modalities. Each has its’ own targets and benefits and the employment of both can support one another.