What is Rolfing aka Structural Integration?

The founder once said:

"Some individuals may perceive their losing fight with gravity as a sharp pain in their back, others as the unflattering contour of their body, others as a constant fatigue, yet other as an unrelentingly threatening environment. Those over 40 may call it old age. And yet all these signals may be pointing to a single problem, so prominent in their own structure, as well as others, that it has been ignored: They are off balance. They are at war with gravity." 

- Ida P. Rolf PH.D.

"Over 40" old age?! Many of my clients are thirtysomethings who complain that they don't feel as they did in their twenties. Many of them also have desk jobs. Our bodies are built to move. I'm not sure where this quote originates but I heard it first from Ron Murray D.O., "Motion is lotion."  Most people are learning the hard way that sitting for too long, always crossing legs on one side or any repetitive patterns create imbalances that may cause pain or discomfort as they age.

The way in which we use our bodies shapes our bodies. This is one factor that affects structure.  The imbalances may show up as a golfer's spiral pattern due to repetitive strokes on his or her dominant side. We explore these patterns, looking at ways to bring ease from using hands on work to free up the stuck tissue, to movement that helps counter the strains of repetitive usage.

Rolfing is a method that incorporates education and fascial reorganizing to balance the human structure in gravity. Then, as Ida P. Rolf said, "Gravity is the therapist."