Emily Jones Structural Integration

Whole Body Alignment

Dr. Ida P. Rolf developed the process of Structural Integration as a holistic system combining soft tissue manipulation and movement education to restore the body to its natural state of alignment and balance. Through lengthening, restoring, and reorganizing the fascia, the connective tissue matrix of the body, Dr. Rolf initiated a new manner of physical therapy.

Fascia surrounds and supports all of the muscles, bones and organs in your body in continuous web-like layers. This fascial net, or connective tissue matrix, is the body's internal system of flexible support - giving it strength and shape. The fascial system responds to injury, chronic tension and habitual movement patterns by shortening from both the forces of gravity and the mechanical forces of habitual movement patterns.

As your fascia shortens it simultaneously thickens and becomes glue-like, locking into less-than-optimal patterns of strain, pulling your body out of alignment. Dr. Rolf's work is based on the insight that your body is more at ease and functions most effectively when its structure is balanced along the vertical line of gravity. When your body is balanced, gravity gently lifts and supports you rather than pulling it down. By systematically restoring the integrity of your fascial system your body becomes aligned and the entire system then begins to function smoothly and coordinated as a whole.

Dr. Rolf believed that form determines function. Structural Integration can create a more adaptable and supportive form that can function more optimally in the field of gravity.

The field of gravity is an unseen force consistently interacting with the human body. Structural Integration re-educates the person and the human body to live and move in harmony with the field of gravity instead of being in conflict with it.

Structural Integration dramatically alters your structure and posture and can resolve discomfort, release tension and reduce pain. It can also restore and enhance flexibility, revitalize energy and have you feeling more comfortable in your body.

Benefits of Structural Integration

  • Increase flexibility and ease of movement
  • Increase energy and vitality
  • Improve balance
  • Release chronic pain, tension and stress
  • Enhance physical performance
  • Improve posture
  • Improve athletic performance
  • Enhance body awareness
  • Reduce effort in activity
  • Look and feel younger
  • Expand your sense of well being

Who benefits from Structural Integration?

Structural Integration is not specifically targeted towards one type of person. Whether you are looking to repair and/or prevent injury or just to tune up the body and elevate self awareness, anyone can benefit from Structural Integration.

  • Professional athletes
  • Elderly men and women
  • Young Children
  • Post natal mothers
  • Dancers
  • Yogis
  • Bodyworkers
  • Mixed Martial Artists
  • Personal Trainers
  • Computer/ desk workers
  • and the list goes on...

Structural Integration is its own unique profession, please be aware that it is not considered massage or chiropractic. I am not a doctor but a very effective bodyworker. I have structural integration training with the New School of Structural Integration and am knowledgeable about anatomy and structural alignment. I am not qualified to diagnose conditions or prescribe medications. To learn more about Structural Integration as a form of bodywork, please explore the IASI website.

"We are not truly upright, we are only on our way to being upright.  This is a metaphysical consideration.  One of the jobs of a Structural Integrator is to speed that process along.  We want to get a man out of the place where gravity is his enemy.  We want to get him into the place where gravity reinforces him and is a friend, a nourishing force." Ida P. Rolf, Ph. D.

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