Frequently Asked Questions

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    What does Structural Integration feel like?
    There is no specific answer to this question because no one has the exact same experience. Structural Integration is unique and though it has been compared to deep tissue massage and other types of bodywork, it is best to think of it as a totally new experience. The nature of the work is deep and therefore it is sometimes described as “intense”. A client to whom I was giving a session reported that “it felt like a monster was being removed from between [his] ribs”. This comment reflects a feeling that something uncomfortable is being removed from the body, not inflicted on the body.

    Emmett Hutchins, one of my highly esteemed teachers, described the experience of Structural Integration as “the sensation of moving from weakness into strength… exhilaration of owning a new part of oneself, the immediate and simultaneous reeducation of one’s being, the joy of self empowerment and waking up”.

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    How long does Structural Integration last?
    Structural Integration is a powerful form of bodywork that shows positive changes in structure years after completing the basic 10 series.

    As life changes, bodies also change. For this reason, some people choose to receive “post 10 work” which can mean ongoing work, a “tune-up” of 3-5 sessions every few months or whenever necessary.

    “Rolfing is an ongoing process that continues long after the work has been completed.” -Dr. Ida P. Rolf

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    Is there a difference between Structural Integration and Rolfing?
    Only in the name. Dr. Rolf originally called her work “Structural Integration”. Later, her work became known as “Rolfing” and the terms “Rolfer” and “Rolfing” were trademarked.
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    How long does it take for changes to appear in my body?
    Some people feel significant change as the session takes places. Others report significant physiological change hours later. For some people, weeks go by until small realizations of change are noticed, such as relaxed shoulders in a stressful situation, freer legs while dancing, or a feeling of being taller in general.

    The changes that occur are personal and everyone’s experiences are unique. For some, changes may be experienced as relief from pain, while others report an overall state of happiness. The only consistency with change is that it is always occurring. Change with balance makes for positive transformation.

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    Do I have to get all 10 sessions?
    To get the full benefit of the work it is important to complete the 10 series.

    Each session has different goals, and the overall goal of this work is to bring your body to vertical alignment. After a particular session you may notice that a particular pain has gone away. Do not stop the series at this point. Keep going so the work can really do its work.

    Part of working through the 10 series is trusting that a process is happening.

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    How long does it take to complete the series?
    Sessions can be done once a week or every two or three weeks.
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    If I have a sore back, can I just get work on my back?
    Structural Integration considers the body as an organic whole, not parts that function independently of each other. So while you may be feeling pain or discomfort in one area, the true culprit may be the result of a compensation, shortness or rotation in another area. Working parts in isolation of the whole body usually will mean the pain or discomfort will manifest elsewhere or will return after a short time. It is important that the whole body is brought into balance.