How does Structural Integration work?

The fasciae of the body is connective tissue and a gelatinous-like web which weaves and wraps throughout all the inner chambers of the body. It is known as, "The Organ of Structure." It supports the skeleton and soft tissue, positions the bones, determines the direction of the muscle movement and gives shape to the body. Release of these multiple layers through direct application of pressure lengthens and expands the various muscle groups, thereby, improving overall body breathing, movement, and circulation.  Muscles return to their natural state while releasing the body's compensations.

Clients report improvements in many conditions after receiving the Basic 10 Series of Structural Integration, the Ida P. Rolf Method.  The primary aim of Structural Integration is the improvement of structure, posture and movement, re-alignment with gravity, and, improved circulation. Therefore, any overall lack of well being that relates to these issues can be responsive to the work. The improvement of structure through Rolf-in is a process designed to benefit the whole person. It is not a therapy for medical conditions.

How many sessions do I need?

It is strongly recommended that one complete the Basic 10 Series. But, this is not written in stone. Receiving one session, is a way to see if this kind of work is for you. Then, after three sessions would be the next stopping point, because the 1st through 3rd sessions is working through the superficial layers of the body. If one decides to continue with the sessions, then, the next stopping point is Session 7. And then naturally, if one continues for the last three sessions, they are "the balancers" for the whole structure, which equals the basic ten sessions.

It can also depend on your personal goals. For the relief of a particular discomfort, between one and three sessions may be enough to yield improvement. However, if your aim is for long term change in your overall structure, it is recommended that a person receive the basic ten session series spaced two weeks apart as originally advised by Dr. Rolf, but, is flexible depending upon a person's needs. The sessions can be extended out over a period of time, "resting" at certain stages of the basic ten series. 

Each session builds on the progress made in the previous session. The time lapse between each session allows the client to physically adapt to new patterns of movement, breathing and circulation. It gives one time to reflect on what has been learned and accomplished so far. session series. 

It can take anywhere from six months up to a year for the body to settle into its new space. Advanced work after a year period can begin for deeper release.

What exactly happens during a Session?

The work begins with asking the client to stand, walk or sit. Observations are made of breathing patterns, "lines and blocks" of the body. The Practitioner is then able to determine where the client is compensating for various "holding patterns."

When the observations are complete, the client lies on a padded table similar to a massage table.  I then use my hands to apply sensitive and precise pressure to specific areas of the body to "liquify the fascia." Some of the treatment may involve sitting or standing. Clients may also learn new ways of moving and will be eased out of old habits or movement patterns that are negative to the whole person.

Structural Integration does not need to be a pain experience. In experienced hands, one can enjoy the benefits through a gentle approach.

What are the long-term benefits?

Many mind-body factors affect how the work is received and perceived by each person. Therefore, the long term effects are entirely individual. How well a client is able to engage with their own body and how great their individual capacity for change will influence the initial outcome and long term benefits. The key objective of is always improved structure and optimal function. Optimizing function is personal. A small improvement for one client may represent a significant personal achievement for another. If one allows change and is open to change, there will be a significant change. If one continues in old patterns of behaviors, they may need continued work to assist in unlocking conditioned patterns.


How about young people?

Young people with a variety of issues may benefit, and, it is a superb way to introduce them to holistic and preventative health care practices. Sessions tend to be shorter and less frequent for children and are designed around the child’s individual needs. The are more pliable and flexible, easier to move the fascial planes.

What about contraindications? 

There are specific conditions that are not suitable for this type of work, and, these will be fully explored before any intervention is started. The Practitioner does not prescribe or diagnose illness, disease, or any other physical or mental disorder of a person. I am here to assist you in your journey towards structural health which, thereby, improves all aspects of being.

Alessandra Lior, RN                  303-502-6152                  alessa44@yahoo.com