Structural Integration was conceived and developed by Ida Rolf in the early/mid 20th century in New York. It was not intended to be a symptom-specific treatment but rather a method of enabling the body to be better orientated in gravity. The idea evolved into the idea of a series of sessions loosely organized around a ‘recipe’ in which the entire body would be assessed and, if considered necessary worked on, often on a number of occasions to achieve this aim.
I first encountered the idea of Structural Integration whilst training at the British School of Osteopathy and read her book ‘Rolfing’ then. Several years later my interest was rekindled by Tom Myers (a student of Rolf’s) and his book ‘Anatomy Trains’. Since then I have attended a number of his events, including the first training course in the UK to become a certified structural integrator via Tom’s school (KMI), graduating in 2008. In addition to offering a 3 and 12 session ‘programme’ I have also been able to integrate some of the skills and techniques taught on the the courses into my Osteopathic assessment and treatment.
- Ease of movement
- Freedom of movement
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