Sometimes, it’s so very difficult to explain what Rolfing or Structural Integration is.
We can say that it is the lengthening and strengthening of the soft tissues. We explain that everyone’s body has an ideal place or placement for their muscles; that your tendons have a place to live in your body that will provide you maximum flexibility. We can tell you that, given room to flex and “breathe”, your muscles will strengthen and grow and bring you to a point where you can be taller, stronger, faster, leaner or simply live without the pain that has been haunting you for years.
Sometimes we at A Turning Pointe are able to properly explain our thoughts and sometimes we cannot. In order to help share with our friends (you) more about the benefits of Rolfing, we’d like you to watch this short film. In it you’ll see and hear some of the most senior practitioners of the Structural Integration (SI), and in their own voices you may be able to hear how it can be as much of an art as it is a therapy. These folks have studied with Dr Rolf in the early days of SI and have done a magnificent job at teaching not just the science of her work, but the beauty of it as well. The title, Of Grace and Gravity, is quite apt.
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Dr Ida Rolf was undoubtedly one of the most significant women of the twentieth century. A great mind and pioneering thinker, a creative scientist years ahead of her time, she spent much of her life exploring the human capacity for healing. Her education, professional career and life circumstances led her to explore various modalities that gradually evolved into what become known as “Structural Integration” and then took on the name “Rolfing.” Essentially, Rolfing seeks to address the development and liberation of an individual’s innate human potential, with the palliation of symptoms an ancillary benefit. Dr Rolf was initially educated and trained within the empiricism of scientific academia and remained firmly rooted in those traditions. Her work was founded upon the physics of aligning the human body within the field of gravity. She integrated her scientific perspective with mind-body awareness without relying on an eastern mystical philosophy to justify her conclusions. It is clear from her writings and teachings that her studies of biological chemistry and physics provided critical insight, inspiring such statements as, “You cannot change the energy field, but you can change the man–the body will go as far as it will physically go, within the laws of physics.” and “What would happen to behavior if you changed chemistry? The first way to change chemistry is to change physics.” Dr Rolf conceived of “Rolfing” as a gateway into making progressive changes within the human organism, encompassing the physical, intellectual and emotional aspects.
Ida Rolf: Of Grace and Gravity, will explore Dr Rolf’s life, work and legacy.