All structural integration work is based on Dr. Ida Rolf's pioneering work with human structure. Rolfing® and KMI® are trade names for structural integration, based on the school/training the practitioner has attended.

Structural Integration is a combination of manual therapy and muscle re-education. This type of bodywork can help some people to have better posture, fewer aches and pains, more flexibility, and more energy. It works by lengthening and freeing the wrappings around the muscles, which is a kind of connective tissue called fascia. This is the part of the body that holds everything in place. SI makes use of the fact that these fascial wrappings can change in shape. The basic SI series typically requires ten sessions, each about an hour, each different, and building on one another. Within three sessions, most people will know whether or not SI will produce the changes they are seeking.

Kinesis Myofascial Integration® is Thomas Myers’ interpretation of the strategies and myofascial techniques of Ida Rolf’s Structural Integration. It is a systematic and comprehensive method of working throughout the body to create an easier relationship with gravity by centering the body around a vertical line. Kinesis Myofascial Integration® is done in a series of twelve sessions, or an abbreviated series of three sessions. The purpose of the series is to allow the body to find an easier relationship with gravity. A session takes an hour or longer, and is done after “bodyreading” the clients posture in order to determine how to structure the time available. This information is shared with the client, along with suggestions, specific stretching and strengthening, and awareness exercises to allow the work to integrate more effectively.

Movement Integration is offered as a part of the 10 session SI or 12 session KMI series, and is based on a perceptual and movement approach to Dr. Rolf's Structural Integration series.

How we combine other therapies with Structural Integration/Rolfing® principles for lasting change:

Richard has trained with Tom Myers in KMI and with various Rolfers in working with structure, movement, and perception. He utilizes a combination of Structural Integration and Rossiter techniques and Active Isolated Stretching to help establish a more balanced range of motion around restricted joints that affect posture and balance. Active Isolated Strengthening, modified yoga poses, and Pilates exercises may be used to establish strength through the new range of motion. Perception-based movement exercises are used to help the client establish new patterns of movement. Zero Balancing may be used to align energy flows through the skeleton during posture and movement.

Everyday movement tends to reinforce existing movement and structural patterns, whether they are efficient or not. Vigorous, intentional movement performed with intensity, such as weightlifting, martial arts, and sports - or when the body is under stress or suffering a trauma - have a much stronger effect of reinforcing existing patterns. This is why it is often difficult to change movement or flexibility patterns, and sometimes impossible without using structural principles.

In order for any changes in structural or movement patterns to be lasting, two things must happen: 1) the natural tendency of the body towards proper alignment must be activated or awakened, and 2) restrictions keeping the body from reaching and establishing new patterns of alignment and movement must be addressed. Fascial stretching, strengthening, body awareness, and energetic alignment are used during sessions and taught as self care.

This is true whether traditional series work is done alone, or whether the client has an existing yoga or Pilates practice, mindfulness or movement practices, or has a regular exercise or training program.

 

John Barnes Method of Myofascial Release is a whole-body, hands-on approach for evaluation and treatment of the connective tissue that envelopes the muscular and support structures of the body. This approach is made up of three elements: Myofascial Release, Myofascial Unwinding, and Myofascial Rebounding. Myofascial Release is the three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions. Myofascial Release is done in one session or over several, depending upon the severity and extent of the restrictions.  

Myofascial Release improves the body’s structural integrity and changes subconscious movement and holding patterns. As the work proceeds, the body will often begin to spontaneously move. This movement, called Unwinding, is the attempt by the unconscious mind to reach the specific positions that the body was in when trauma to the body originally occurred. Unwinding invites the body-mind to express itself and release "stuck" energy and holding patterns. Rebounding uses the body's fluid and vibrational nature to release subconscious holding patterns. Rebounding begins as a very gentle rocking motion that disrupts habitual patterns and allows new patterns to emerge.

Myofascial Release offers the body freedom from fascial restrictions and pain and the possibility of self-discovery and trauma recovery. 

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