Frequently Asked Questions
1What 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”.
2How 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
3Is 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.
4How 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.
5Do 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.
6How long does it take to complete the series?Sessions can be done once a week or every two or three weeks.
7If 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.
“Every time I have had a session with Jessica Silver I felt like new person, taller, stronger, younger by 20 years…like a snake coming out from old skin! As a Cirque du Soleil performer with a lot physical demands on my body, Rolfing gives me huge benefits! I strongly recommend anyone to have it..”
Jessica has skilled hands and a keen eye. She works deeply and effectively bringing new life to the tissues of the body.
What I liked best about Jessica was her touch. Â She engaged with a true eye and a true heart, much like an archer drawing back her bow and releasing to the target. I felt her work was clear, focused, and skillful. I would recommend her work to anyone interested in this important healing art.
An avid tennis player, I am able to stretch more effectively since working with Jessica, which helps me feel more comfortable in my body no matter what activity I’m doing. Her warm manner and knowing hands helped unlock years of stress and I credit her work for helping me be freer and easier in my body.
For years I had chronic back pain that I thought was a result of working at a computer. After the 10 series with Jessica, I learned that pain is not something I have to live with. Her work not only resolved my back pain but lengthened my toes, helping me to feel more comfortable walking and moving in general.
I have tried many types of body work (physio, massage, shiatsu, chiropractic), and I have found Structural Integration to be the most effective. After 10 sessions, the effect had such a profound impact that after four years, I continue to come once a month, every month, as part of my commitment to maintaining the health of my spine. I find Jessica to be deeply committed to her work. The way she works reveals an immense care and concern that has made it easy to develop complete trust and to let g…