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Structural Integration Technique Certification

Approved for 8 Online Continuing Education Units/Credits (CEU's) for Pennsylvania Licensed Massage Therapists

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Introduction
History
Summary

Structural Integration is a highly specific manual treatment of the connective tissue network. The main goals of structural integration are alignment of the human body within the field of gravity, harmonious tone of the body’s tissues, and well-coordinated movement. Structural Integration also makes use of movement education and perceptual exercises to achieve its goals. It is applied to people of all ages including infants and elderly people.

Structural Integration was developed by Ida Pauline Rolf (1896-1979). She received her doctorate in biochemistry and physiology from Columbia University in 1920. As a scientist she worked at the Rockefeller Institute in the departments of chemotherapy and biochemistry. Dr. Rolf also had a widespread interest in alternative ways of working with the human organism. She explored yoga and its value for the body and the mind, and she studied the principles underlying osteopathy and homeopathy.

While working as a scientist she taught yoga.1 And as an attempt to improve the efficiency of her teaching, she gradually began to apply a more intense contact to her students’ bodies. She did not use oil on her hands, and she was not performing massage. What she discovered herself to be doing was helping her students, literally, to shape their own bodies while practicing yoga. This was Ida Rolf’s first step toward a new way of working with the human body. From here we could say that she started a modality that focused on one specific type of tissue usually overlooked by other methods: the connective tissue and especially its muscle-related form—the fascia.

Connective tissue envelops all aspects of the internal organs and groups them in fascial containers. Fascia is a dense sort of connective tissue of the muscles, and it envelops these and all their subcompartments. Fascia is found in many other places in the body—containing, supporting, making bridges and links. It may be found quite superficially under the skin as well as very deeply.

After Ida Rolf stopped teaching yoga, she began to develop Structural Integration as its own discipline. She had already taught her method to some osteopaths and chiropractors, who tried to apply this approach within the medical field. However, this medical application was not her main focus. Her main goal was not the relief of symptoms but rather a general and meaningful improvement of the human potential.

In 1972, after more than 40 years of practice, Ida Rolf established the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado. In 1979, at the end of her life, training centers for the development of her work were emerging in Europe, South America, and Australia.

Structural Integration, a manual approach originated by Ida P. Rolf, is characterized by a large range of possible applications. It was originally designed by its founder as a global manual treatment for preventive health care and well-being. In this sense, it can be applied successfully in people searching for better physical function, especially for postural improvement, and general reduction of strain. On a more psychologic level, it has proven to be helpful in reducing stress. By eliminating unnecessary muscle tension, Structural Integration allows greater postural ease and enhanced coordination. Also, in certain situations Structural Integration can be an effective aid to the different schools of psychotherapy.

The classic method of Structural Integration is a comprehensive manual treatment of the fascial system of the human body consisting of 10 sessions, each one lasting approximately an hour. In addition to this traditional method, which has been applied for more than 50 years now, new insights and strategies for intervention are being developed. The practitioners of this form of bodywork have also refined the manual treatment strategies for the connective tissue system and found numerous possibilities for clinical applications. Some have been opening their mode of work toward movement education and the combination of movement education and manual work.

Today Structural Integration is taught worldwide by several schools. Most of the instructors who have been certified by the founder Ida P. Rolf are still actively teaching, and generations of new instructors are contributing as practitioners, teachers, and researchers.

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