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Structural integration (including Rolfing)

Structural integration aligns, balances and lengthens the body by pressing into the connective tissues of the body and maneuvering them back into place.

What are the benefits of Rolfing?

Shari Auth (New York, NY) on Jun 30, 2011
Anne Hoff (Seattle, WA) on Nov 23, 2011
Here's a few of the main ones: Rolfing® Structural Integration works to balance the fascia (connective tissue) of the body to align the body in gravity. Thus one of the primary benefits is better posture, in the sense of it becomes natural to sit and stand up straighter without effort. As tight fascia and body imbalances are also behind many pain issues - eg., a sore neck from the head being held too far forward (whether from computer posture or a whiplash), or arm and wrist pain from too much typing - Rolfing sessions are also an excellent approach to pain relief and the treatment of injury. Lengthening and balancing the fascia also helps with range of motion and is thus beneficial to athletes, dancers, and generally tight bodies.
Sally Cina (Saint Louis, MO) on Nov 14, 2011
The benefits of Rolf Structural Integration include: Inherently individual Transformational Empowering Comprehensive Improved flexiblity Increased self-confidence Better balance Increased energy Alleviation of pain A feeling of lightness and fluidity Relief of limitations Many clients report looking and feeling slimmer and taller. Some clients actually gain anywhere from 1/4" to over one inch in height.  Structural Integration makes the following assumptions: 1. Most people are out of alignment with gravity. 2. When the body is well aligned, gravity supports and nurtures the structure. Then, the body heals itself. 3. Human alignment can be improved by balancing the tensions in the fascia at any stage of life.
Minki Kim (Astoria, NY) on Jul 1, 2011
Great question! Here is a basic list of benefits which are not limited to but are characteristically emblematic of the Rolf Method of Structural Integration. Benefits * Improve posture and body shape * Improve overall balance * Enhance physical performance * Greater range of motion and flexibility * Relieve stress * Reduce effort in activity * Look and feel younger * Enhance body awareness * Increase energy, vitality, and fitness * Balanced tone throughout the tissues * Alleviate chronic pain, tension, and rigidity * Easier and fuller breath capacity * Move more efficiently and fluidly * Improve athletic performance and prevent injury * Expand sense of well-being * Improve quality of life and embody long-lasting health and well-being Many clients claim psychoemotional benefits such as feeling more comfortable in their own skin, a genuine sense of being themselves, more creative expression, a dispensing of old, past emotional traumas leading to positive changes, improving quality of life to continue doing the things they love most, etc. Often, I work with clients who seek Structural Integration/Rolfing as a tool to facilitate a transition in their lives. These are clients in their mid 20s, mid 40s-50s, and at times, 70s - 80s. They are usually on the cusp of a transitory change - be it psychological, occupational, spiritual, emotional, etc - and they understand that undergoing the process of Structural Integration helps accelerate and clear the path. I hope this answers your question. For more info, please refer to my website - Best, Minki Kim