What Is Rolfing® Structural Integration
New Seasons offers Rolfing® Structural Integration sessions that serve to remove restrictions in the connective tissues and allow for a healthier alignment and body.
Rolfing® Structural Integration is a manual rehabilitative therapy that balances, re-patterns and realigns the body. This is achieved by repositioning the connective tissues (Fascia) using movement, pressure and awareness in the person through education about their body. Each session has a set of goals to systematically change the stress patterns within the person’s body so that they are able to move easier and have an overall increased level of well being.
Once this ease is found within the body new possibilities are presented to the person on a structural and energetic level. The process has the ability to help problems like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, TMJ syndrome, neck pain, headaches, back pain, posture, athletic performance and overall well being. Rolfing® Structural Integration isn’t about the symptoms though, it is about bringing out the best in the person through balancing the body. When the body finds that sense of balance then the pain usually goes away and the true brilliance of the person is able to come to life. When less energy is required to deal with the body going through stress it has a greater capacity to function on other levels.
Sessions are $120 and last about an hour and fifteen minutes.
Office located in Soldotna, AK
“If you can imagine how it feels to live in a fluid, light balanced body, free of pain, stiffness and chronic stress, at ease with itself and the Earth’s gravitational field; then you will understand the goals of Rolfing® Structural Integration”
– Ida Rolf
Rolfing® Structural Integration gives people the possibility to transform their bodies into a being that represents their true brilliance. Anyone can benefit that is willing to take on the challenge (There are some contraindicated conditions that could alter the work) . Everyone has different results due to the uniqueness in all of us but there are some common experiences that have occurred due to Rolfing® SI .
- Relief from Pain (sciatic, chronic pain, recovery from an injury and many other sources for pain)
- Increased body awareness
- Increased Range of Motion
- Ease of Breath
- Graceful Movement
- Better Posture
- Better alignment and feeling taller
- Improved Athletic Performance
- Changes that last
- Decrease in stress and tension
- Better sense of who they are
Before Ten Series and After Ten Series
Photo Courtesy of Rolf Institute of Structural Integration
Frequently Asked Questions
Will it be painful?
- There is a common myth or misconception that Rolfing® SI is painful. This is not the case at New Seasons. The comfort of the client is respected and top priority. If there is discomfort with the level of pressure that indicates that there may by chronic tension stored in those tissues. When this happens and deeper work isn’t appropriate then adjustments will be made to ensure the level of depth is comfortable.
How does Rolfing® SI differ from Massage?
- First and foremost the goals of the work differ as well as the way the person and their body is approached.
- Massage is a type of bodywork that creates relaxation in the body, increased circulation and where the client is worked on. It is a very important type of bodywork that takes into consideration where the person is currently and helps them relax.
- Structural Integration practitioners look through a “lense” that asks what does the person need to be more balanced, organized and comfortable in their body. The Rolfer™ and client work together in order to create change in the structure like alignment, range of motion, and find a place of higher function.
What is the Ten Series?
- The ten series is basically one session broken down into ten. Each session has its own focus but the same overall goal. The first three sessions work with the out layers of the body. Sessions 4-7 work with the core of the body. Sessions 8-10 bring the work together to integrate the body.
Do I have to do a ten series?
- No the ten series is not the only format because as a wise man once said “the ten series works on what is the same in people.” Once we see what you have going on then we can evaluate and decide if the ten series is right for you. If not, then we can do an abbreviated series or just take it session by session to see what your needs are. The ten series is going to be the best option for most people when they are starting out with Rolfing® Structural Integration.
What to expect between sessions?
- After your session you will feel that things have shifted and at first it may cause you to be a bit sore almost as if you have just workouted. Next most people feel a sense of awareness and ease of movement.
What To Expect
What a session is like:
- The sessions last at least 60-90 minutes. We will start off with doing some analysis looking at movement, structure, patterns, and how things have changed between each session. We will then do manual manipulation work on the table as well as seated work. Along with the hands on work the client will participate in different movements to enhance the work. We will explore your breath, body awareness and movement.
What to wear:
- You comfort is the most important thing
- Women- Please wear a bra and underwear that you are comfortable in. If possible please avoid wearing sports bras unless they are spaghetti straps.
- Men- boxer briefs are best or underwear that you are comfortable in
- Running Shorts may be worn to increase comfort level
- You will be covered with a sheet or blanket during the session so that you dont feel exposed if you prefer
What Rolfing® Structural Integration can do for Athletes:
- Reduce chance for injury
- Assist in recovery from injury
- Recover balance and flexibility
- Improve performance
Athletes push themselves to the extreme and this can be very challenging on the body. If there are structural issues in addition to the stress of the activities it can make reaching our goals even harder. Rolfing® SI has the ability to help further training, assist in recovery from an injury and help maintain the body through training. While training for a particular activity our bodies are put through repetitive strains and this can cause tension patterns to remain in the body. Rolfing® SI may help rebalance the body and recover flexibility from repetitive moves. Whether you are a professional athlete or do it just for the pure joy, Rolfing® SI may be what you need to reach your goals!
There are many professional athletes that have benefited from Rolfing® SI. Here are a few examples.
- Michelle Kwan
- Phoenix Suns
- Charles Barkley
- Brian Orser
- Olympians like Ben Hindle, Joe Greene and Sarah Will
- Baseball players like Bob Tewksbury, Sean Casey and Craig Swan
Rolfing® SI for Pregnancy, Postpartum, Mothers and Kids
• One of the most important things is that we can work together to give you more support so that your body can handle the shifts and changes that are taking place.
• In addition to working with you, I also work with your partner in order to teach them skills they can use to support you and the baby.
• In pregnancy we would not be doing series work but if you do happen to get pregnant during your series then we will transition into the appropriate type of work until it is the right time to start series work again. Many women choose Rolfing ® SI during pregnancy because we focus on structural support and balance.
• Benefits of doing work after postpartum are to restore strength and resilience, reduce the effects of scarring when and if a C section was performed, and to help give you back your sense of self.
It is important to check with your physician to make sure that Rolfing® SI is appropriate for you during your pregnancy.
Joshua Hawley Certified Rolfer™
Rolfing® Structural Integration Soldotna, AK