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How Rolfing® SI Works

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Theory and Principles of Rolfing Structural Integration

The Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration has continued Dr. Rolf's profound inquiry into how to enhance the whole person by organizing the body in gravity. Some of the more important developments of the work since Dr. Rolf's passing are also what now distinguishes Rolfing Structural Integration from all other forms of structural integration.

Some of these developments include:

Principles of Intervention

Rolfing SI training begins with a thorough presentation of the Ten-Series developed by Dr. Rolf. Over the years, The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration faculty have further articulated the principles on which the original series was based. By understanding these principles, it is now possible for practitioners to develop strategies of intervention that recognize the unique needs of the individual client and to work outside of the Ten-Series when appropriate.

Gentle Techniques

Over the past 40+ years The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration faculty have developed a wide range of techniques for working within the client's level of comfort while producing even more profound results. Rolfers are taught to empower clients through communication and to respond appropriately to client feedback, establishing a safe pace and comfortable depth of work for each client.

Joint Mobilization Techniques

The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration faculty has developed a range of soft tissue techniques to release articular motion restrictions that impede whole body organization. These skills and techniques increase the Rolfer's effectiveness in working with many common structural problems.

The Personal Experience

Because Rolfing SI is a holistic technique, it recognizes that changes in structure will impact the whole person, physically, emotionally, and energetically. The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration recognizes that, ultimately, it is the person's own experience of the work that is of primary importance. This plays a central role in the transformational aspects and potential of Rolfing Structural Integration.

The Integration of Structure and Function through Rolf Movement® Integration

While in Rolfing Structural Integration, the Rolfer works with the client to release structural conflicts and allow free, fluid movement, Rolf Movement Integration, helps clients become aware of their inhibiting and limiting movement patterns and offers more efficient ways to perform daily activities. Rolfing SI is equally concerned with how people actually experience and use their bodies every day as with their structural organization in gravity. This unique blend of both, the functional and structural aspects of Rolfing SI, is a distinctive feature of the training at RISI.