Structural Integration / Rolfing®

SARSI

(Swiss Association Rolfing® & Structural Integration)

How does Structural Integration (SI) work?

Structural Integration works with the body’s fascial layers, schooling clients in improving their self-perception and becoming more mindful of their movement patterns. Over time, it is able to shape the human body, for the fascia is adaptive and can be modelled by the therapist in close cooperation with the client, thus regaining elasticity and flexibility. Structural Integration also optimises interaction between the different parts of the body. Many movements thereby become more effortless. Structural Integration therapy initiates a process of vertical alignment, which carries on after treatment. This inner alignment allows many clients to reclaim their natural expressive power.

Structural Integration is typically performed in a basic series of ten sessions lasting 60 to 80 minutes. Work takes place lying down, sitting, standing and walking. Sessions are held at intervals of one or more weeks.

Sessions 1-3

The first three sessions are devoted mainly to the more superficial fascia. They open the ribcage and the shoulder girdle, and organise the feet and legs in order to better support natural patterns of movement.

Sessions 4-7

These sessions are devoted to the deeper fascia. The link between feet, legs, torso and head becomes increasingly perceptible. Alignment improves along the client’s inner vertical axis, relieving the spine.

Sessions 8-10

The last three sessions serve to integrate all newly experienced body segments. Newly acquired stability and flexibility allow for improved balance and a more nuanced perception of one’s own body and movements. It becomes possible at all times to find back to an upright and relaxed position.

Following this basic series, further sessions can be scheduled as and when needed.