Structural Integration is a scientifically validated body therapy developed in the 1930’s by Dr. Ida P. Rolf. Unlike massage, Structural Integration is bodywork that focuses not on the muscles but on their protective layer called fascia (also known as connective tissue). Structural Integration is performed in a ten-session sequence designed to align and balance the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia. Structural Integration also re-educates the individual to become aware of body movement patterns creating tension and mis-alignment in the body. The goal of a Structural Integration practitioner is to create a balanced, vertical and integrated body while considering the supportive benefits of the gravitational field.
Certification programs for Structural Integration vary with each school. It is important to ensure that the training program you choose offers the original teaching of Structural Integration as developed by Ida Rolf. Many schools are offering modified versions of the program.