Rolfing® was developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf over the course of her lifetime.  Dr. Rolf studied yoga early on in her life and this helped inform how she developed the hands-on work known as Rolfing.  She was greatly influenced by the work of Osteopathy and realized that the body’s relationship to gravity was a missing piece in how many practitioners thought about, and worked with the body.

The body of knowledge called Rolfing is also known as Structural Integration.  Structural Integration is an umbrella term used to describe Rolfing, Hellerwork, Soma and many other forms of bodywork that developed directly out of Ida Rolf’s work.

A few main goals of Structural Integration are as follows:

  • Restore proper function to all the tissues of the body.
  • Bones, ligaments, joints, membranes, dural and cranial structures, arteries, nerves, brain tissue, organs and their supporting membranes.
  • Align the body in the field of gravity.
  • Help people feel a deeper sense of connection between soul, mind and body.

Ida Rolf was once asked, “If a practitioner could say a few sentences to someone and achieve the goals of the work would this be considered Structural Integration?” She answered “Yes”.

So for me Structural Integration is a works in progress that allows practitioners  to evolve their work always striving to achieve these goals.  I use many cutting edge advanced therapies such as, Visceral Manipulation, Cranial Sacral Therapy and Hellerwork Structural Integration to help people heal their bodies and thrive in the world.