Structural Integration is a process of re-education of the body through movement and touch.
It systematically releases patterns of stress and impaired function. The primary focus of Structural Integration is facilitating the relationship between gravity and the human body.
By lengthening and opening the patterns in the connective tissue. As a result the thickened, toughened tissue becomes soft, rehydrated and more pliable, thus allowing movement and flexibility.
Structural Integration changes the body’s compensations because it organizes the imbalances in the tissue. The systematic approach to relating gravity through the myofascial layers aligns the body and improves posture. The body lengthens allowing muscles the space to work and joints the freedom to function.
Robert Schleip talking about Rolfing®/Structural Integration @ the Fascia Research Congress 2009.
“This is the gospel of Rolfing: when the body gets working appropriately, the forces of gravity can flow through. Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself.”
Ida P. Rolf