What is Rolfing?
What today is called Rolfing, Dr. Ida Rolf originally
defined and named ‘Structural Integration.’ She
used the word ‘integration’ in an attempt
to set her revolutionary approach to body structure apart from all those
systems of manual manipulation and movement education that treat the body
symptom by symptom. Her pioneering vision was that our health, well being,
and continued freedom to evolve is dependent on our capacity to adapt
to gravity. This is our goal. She found that by guiding the body's system
with posturing and structuring, that wholeness and balance can be restored
and both physical and emotional well-being can be reclaimed.
In her effort to integrate the body, Dr. Rolf saw if a muscle is chronically
short, it will pull the structure out of alignment. As Rolfers, we see
that bones are held in place by soft tissue (i.e. muscles, ligaments,
and tendons). Repositioning the bone is not enough: the individual muscle
and allied tissue must be lengthened if the change is to be permanent.
We also recognize that when one part is in trouble, the body as a whole
gets out of balance. Structures must be balanced as a whole –
this is as true of living structures as it is of houses, buildings, and
The Rolf Line is, in fact,
a three-dimensional Plumb Line.
“I highly recommend Sondra
Gray. I noticed an improvement in my alignment and posture reght away
– after just one Rolfing session. Plus if feels great!”
—Erin Fry, Attorney at Law, Oakland,CA