Rolfing Technique - 1
The essence of Structural Integration is the dynamic tonal balance between the surface of the body, the body’s core and gravitational pull. The nature a ‘Core,’ has long been debated among Structural Integration practitioners.
Structural Integration (SI), as defined by Rolfing®, is distinguished from other disciplines by the primary attention it pays to the impact of gravity on the body. Other manual therapy techniques and systems seek to balance the ‘tone’ of muscles, posture and energy balance with emotional balance. While SI attends to all of these, its primary goal is to alter the structure of the human movement, so that instead of the body fighting gravity, one can use gravity as an energy source. Client also report feeling physically uplifted. This lift is due to the client’s new relationship to gravity. Once that lift has been felt, no other state will do.
While the results of SI are long lasting, injury, illness or misuse can reduce the effects. Tune-up sessions, either after stressful events or at 6- to 24-month intervals as preventive maintenance, maintain that graceful and balance with gravitational forces.
Core Integration Technique - 2
Core Integration has been debated in SI for at least 50 years. Functional, Structural Integration recognizes when a person has Core-Sleeve imbalance. A person with this imbalance recognizes this in their life and quickly learns to recognize how movement can be initiated in any direction with equal ease. “Effortless” is the usual description, like a sailboat with all the sails trimmed just right and singing together.
Recognizing the structures that are Core and teaching clients how to produce this balance becomes harder than recognition of the new state of balanced. By reducing the complexity between the muscles of the core begins the unwinding process.
The fascial Sleeve is easier to describe than Core. The superficial fascia is a discreet unit, enveloping the whole body. Next comes the integrating fascia which is locally named as Pectorals Fascia, Fascia Lata, Crural Fascia etc. The deeper fasciae, such as inter-muscular septa, connect to the integrating fascia. The deeper layered myofascial ‘connections’ are deep to the sleeve of fascia, and the Deeper layers overlap and interconnect.
The extrinsic muscles lie nearer the surface of the body and tend to move the body quickly and strongly but somewhat imprecisely. Intrinsic muscles lie generally deeper in the body, and the deeper layers move more slowly and direct function precisely. The two ‘fascial planes’ are functionally balanced so the body can move with strength, quickness and precision.
10x Series - Complete Rolfing Therapy
The hallmark of Rolfing Structural Integration is a standardized “recipe” known as the Ten-Series. The goal is to systematically balance and optimize both the structure (shape) and function (movement) of the entire body over the course of ten Rolfing sessions.
Each session focuses on freeing restrictions or holdings trapped in a particular region of the body. A practitioner also maintains a holistic view of the client’s entire system during each session, thus ensuring the transformational process evolves in a comfortable and harmonious way.
Core Movement Training
Core Movement is a method of improving body functioning by releasing and reorganizing neuro-myofascial pathways through ‘re-education. It recenters the body’s pelvic-spinal core, in order to eliminate pain symptoms, but to maintain and to “regenerate” the body function. By improving functional movements of every day life.
By reversing the “degeneration” patterns and greatly reducing pain, arthritic conditions, and the need for replacing body parts. Core training is based on the brain/body’s power of healing and improving through smooth, efficient movement organization, right exercising, myofascial pathway science, and the principles of Feldenkrais an Alexander.
Core training is a foundation for all other exercise and performance activities, as well as a therapeutic treatment education for repetitive motion injuries, plus back, hip, knee and shoulder-neck pain or chronic pain.