Rolfing® Structural Integration is a system of manipulation and education designed to release chronic strain, restore adaptive capacity, and align the body in the field of gravity.

The work focuses on the body’s web-like network of connective tissues, called fascia, to reach these goals. Fascia surrounds the bones, muscles and organs of the body as one, continuous and three dimensional web that interpenetrates through all parts and layers of the body (greatly influencing the form of the body). This fascial web is subject to distortion through injury, trauma, or repetitive habit, causing misalignment and dysfunction in the body’s structure and system. The Rolfing SI process can release these patterns, guiding the body back to its natural integrity and an effortless alignment, enhancing postural efficiency and freedom in our physical being.

Rolfing Structural Integration is named after its founder, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, who developed the work over 50 years ago.

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We are not truly upright, we are only on our way to being upright. This is a metaphysical consideration. One of the jobs of a Rolfer is to speed that process along. We want to get a human out of the place where gravity is their enemy. We want to get them into the place where gravity reinforces them and is a friend, a nourishing force.
— Dr. Ida P. Rolf