|Connective Tissue Massage
Rolf Method of Structural Integration Bodywork
Reiki / Energywork
Monday - Saturday
10am - 9pm
10am - 8pm
1701 Portland Avenue
Nashville TN 37212
in a 2-story house on the
edge of Hillsboro
across the street from
the Curb Event Center at
Belmont University and
the Athlete's House
Sporting Goods Co...
Between the Circle K
Subway Restaurant /
The Rolf Method of Structural Integration (S.I.) is a form of therapeutic
bodywork that restores balance within the body by removing strain patterns in
harmony within the field of gravity.
"Fascia is the organ of posture...the body is a web of fascia. A spider web is in
a plane; this web is in a sphere."
"Only this (myofascial) system do we manipulate directly, but by virtue of this
system, we can change the functioning of the entire body."
-Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D.
In order to establish an optimal relationship between the human energy field
and the earth's gravitational field, S.I. addresses the body's myofascial tissue.
Fascia is the fibrous connective tissue that envelops all muscles, organs,
bones, nerves and blood vessels. It is what holds us together, greatly defines
our shape, and is considered to be an organ of form.
Healthy connective tissue has a pliable, elastic quality, which allows muscles,
tendons and ligaments to move freely and with ease. Unhealthy connective
tissue tends to be short, thick, twisted, prone to injury and less resilient.
Fascia absorbs the forces of gravity as well as the impact of physical injury,
accidents, illnesses and emotional stress. Even the cumulative tensions of
daily living (such as repetitive movements or sitting for long periods of time)
can create restrictive, habitual holding patterns in the connective tissue. Over
time, these experiences become embedded in the body; they are recorded in
the myofascial system like memory and can contribute to unhealthy tissue,
limited joint mobility and impaired muscle potential.
"The basic law of Rolfing is that you add structure to the body. In so doing, you
demand a change in function."
-Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D.
FUNCTION AND FORM
The body responds to impediments by creating compensations favoring or
protecting -- which eventually stop working or cause additional problems. For
example, if we sprain an ankle, we generally alter our movement to avoid pain,
relying more on the uninjured side for strength and support.
These adaptations initially allow the sprained ankle to heal, but they
compromise the integrity of natural alignment and alter an otherwise smooth
flow of gravity, energy, blood, lymph, and neural information throughout the
entire body. Over time, these disruptions become multi-layered and lead to
physical discomfort as well as ill health at the mental, emotional and spiritual
levels of one's being.
Structural Integration assists the body back into proper structural and
functional alignment by removing tensions and restrictions in areas that have
been held tight, and by further balancing the myofascial relationships
throughout the entire body.
If you can imagine how it feels to have a fluid, light, balanced body, free of pain,
stiffness, chronic stress, at ease with itself and the earth's gravitational field,
then you will understand the goals of Structural Integration
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This page last updated July 2014
succeeded in balancing
a broomstick in the palm
of your hand then you
know what it feels like
when the broomstick
and gravity are in
broomstick is balanced
on its vertical axis and it
feels almost weightless.
However, as soon as the
broomstick gets out of
balance, you feel it's
weight and you must
make movements to
compensate for the
imbalance and effort to
The same scenario can
be applied to the
human body. When the
segments of our body
are balanced around a
central vertical axis,
gravity can flow through
the body and we are at
ease in our body. When
misalignment exists, the
body must make
compensations in order
to keep itself upright.
Where our body
compensates is in the
soft tissue, specifically
in the myofascial system
or connective tissue.
creates chronic strain
within this soft tissue
network. The effect of a
strain within the layers of
connective tissue is
similar to pulling on a
knit sweater. A tug in
one section affects the