"If you can imagine how it feels to have a fluid, light, balanced body, free of pain, and
stiffness and chronic stress, at ease with itself and the earth's gravitational field, then you
will understand the goals of Structural Integration!" - Ida P. Rolf, PhD.
Structural Integration is a scientifically validated system of body restructuring and movement
education. It is the product of 50 years of study and practice by founder, Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D.,
and since her death in 1979, the many people she trained to carry on her work. In the public
this system of physical manipulation, is also known under the name Rolfing. Structural
Integration is the initial name given by Dr. Rolf to her life work. It is taught by numerous
schools around the world amongst others the Guild for Structural Integration. The words Rolfing® and Rolfer® that are also
used to designate her method and the practitioners that work with it, are the trade
marks of one of the other schools that teach Structural Integration – The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration®.
The basis of Structural Integration consists of an inquiry into the relationship of the human
being with the energy field in which he or she moves - the field of gravity.
The gravitational field of the earth is easily the most potent physical influence in any human
life. Invariably in matter appropriate order is more economical of energy than disorder. A
malaligned body will - it has to - adjust to the downward force of gravity, by creating
additional elements of support - thickenings and shortenings of connective tissue.
Over time this will impair joint mobility and muscle potential, which in turn will cause more
imbalance to happen - a vicious circle.
The purpose of Structural Integration is to guide the body into a natural balance with the
field of gravity.
Structural Integration accomplishes this balancing through ten approx. 60 minutes long sessions
of systematic manipulation that loosen and reorganize the entire connective tissue (fascial)
This process releases the body's segments - legs, arms, torso, etc.- from life-long patterns of
tension and bracing, permitting gravity to align them.