Rolfing® Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body. Rolfing® Structural Integration (SI) strives to align and balance the body’s components until the entire system is a smoothly functioning coordinated whole. A few of the many benefits people have experienced are reduced pain, increased flexibility, an enhanced sense of body awareness, and improved posture.
To correct internal misalignments, a Rolfer uses mild, direct pressure to melt or release fascial holdings and allow the body to find health through the re-establishment of balance. It is currently believed that the slow, deep strokes of Rolfing® SI stimulate intra-fascial mechanoreceptors (sensory neurons of the muscle nerve), which in turn trigger the nervous system to reduce the tension of the related muscles and fascia.
For your Rolfing® session, it is recommended to wear bra and underwear, as movement will be incorporated in your session.
Session 1: The first session focuses on the arms, rib cage and diaphragm. This work provides a greater depth of breath and freedom of upper body. Continuing to the hips, upper legs and hamstrings we start the process of balancing the pelvic girdle.
Session 2: Establishes a base of support. Feet and lower legs are the focus. Alignment of these tissues creates a wide stable foundation for the body allowing for better balance.
Session 3: We work the sides from the head down to the ankles for greater anterior/posterior depth in the body. A focus on the 12th rib bridges the connections between the upper and lower halves of the body. Balancing the shoulder girdle and the pelvic girdle.
Session 4: The session aims to create span in the pelvic floor. Allowing these muscles to release and provide ease of movement throughout the pelvis and hips.
Session 5: Focuses on connecting the lower body to the upper body. Allowing the two to work together as one. A muscle called the Psoas is the focus here. It is the primary hip flexor and is often involved in lower back pain.
Session 6: A session concentrating on the back line of the legs and into the sacrum (base of the spine). Freeing the sacrum from the rest of the pelvis to allow for free movement of the hips and spine.
Session 7: A focus on the head and neck. Creating balanced movement in relation to the shoulder girdle and down the spine. Allowing for the transfer of motion from the feet all the way up through the head.
Sessions 8 & 9: A shoulder girdle or a pelvic girdle session and vice versa. To integrate the previous sessions and bring movement into the work so as to bring what has been learned into everyday life.
Session 10: A whole body session of light tissue work to smooth out any remaining fixations and bring the work to closure.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) uses a gentle touch to release restrictions in tissues and ease the central nervous system. This gentle and directly focused input allows all systems to relax and self correct. CST has been shown to improve the functioning of the central nervous system, as well as many other systems of the body, such as digestive, musculoskeletal, respiratory, circulatory, and more. CST has also been shown to help with the physical components related to such somatic conditions as Post Traumatic Stress, depression and anxiety.
Conditions that may benefit from CranioSacral: migraines, headaches, chronic pain, motor-coordination impairments, central nervous system disorders, concussions, Alzheimer's, scoliosis, conception, pregnancy, learning differences, ADD, ADHD, Autism and sensory processing, TMJ, and sleep challenges.