"It's not how deep you go. It's how you go deep."
- Ida P. Rolf, Ph. D.
What's Rolfing: Structural Integration?
Rolfing is a form of bodywork which utilizes a variety of hands-on and perceptual interventions directed towards improving an individual's posture and relationship to gravity. In involves a systematically direct and indirect application of pressure to fascia surrounding muscles, bones, joints, and ligaments as well as movement education intended to help someone further break out of patterns of restriction in his or her daily activities. Due to its holistic approach Rolf sessions cover a lot of territory in order to get to the issues in the tissues and many sessions are organized into a series of ten separate sessions, commonly referred to as "The Ten Series" or "Ida's Recipe". This approach helps reorganize, realign, and reintegrate the body so that it will be able to move with minimal pain and optimal efficiency.
- Improved posture and alignment
- Improved movement efficiency
- Improved athletic performance
- Improved balance and coordination
- Increased bodily awareness and education
- Reduced symptoms of chronic aches and pains
- Increased embodiment of self
- Increased awareness and presence
- Improved sense of well-being
What Are the benefits?
What's a session/series like?
Noel prior to and after 10 sessions of Rolfing: SI, 2016.
Each session begins with structural and functional assessments of the person's body. I gather objective information from observing your posture and qualities of movement while getting feedback from your own experience. We will develop a strategy based on the goals for the session in relation to the goals for your series and then decide where to begin.
Within your 10 Series framework the first three sessions are normally grouped together as superficial sessions since they are focused more on balancing you within your three-dimensional space; unwrapping structural elements so as to make it easier to go deeper into the territory with following sessions. The next four sessions are referred to as "core sessions" since they are focused more on clearing up the deeper elements comprising a your structure. The last three sessions are intended to begin the process of closing off a series by reintegrating you with structural changes made during the previous sessions. Though there's always more to do getting to the end of a series leaves you feeling new levels of embodiment with which you can take into improving the quality of your motion, thus the quality of your life.
How often should I get Rolfed?
The frequency of visits varies from person to person
depending on how one responds to the work and his or
her readiness for the next session. Once a week or twice
a month is normal for a 10 Series yet clients have
received sessions as close to each other as twice a week
and as far apart as once a month. Clients who sign up
for a 10 Series should consider keeping their sessions
consistent throughout the entire course of the series so
as to best optimize the effects of the work. After
finishing a series clients may find need to continue with
the work and an additional series of 3-5 sessions may
help in addressing some larger projects. Other clients
come in as they need work and get "tune-ups" from
normal stresses related to their work or social life. They
may also see the need to get reset from unexpected
injuries and life events.
Click to view a sample of a Rolfing session in progress.
How much is it?
Rolfing: Structural Integration sessions are $120 per 60-75 minute session. (Discounts available for active students, active military, and seniors of 65+ years).
Helpful Links and Articles
Fascial Plasticity: A Neurobiological Explanation by Robert Schleip, 2003
Variations in Ida Rolf's Recipe by Thomas Myers, 2004
Grounding Structural Concepts in Physical Reality by Hans Flury, 2004
Structural Integration: The Journal of the Rolf Institute Vol 45 No. 1, 2017 (Features Noel Poff's article "Closure")
Rolfing Structural Integration 10 Series Overview by Matt Hsu, Upright Health, 2016
Rolfing: Structural Integration by Noel Poff, Oblique Magazine, May 2018