What is Structural Integration?
Develped by Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body.
More than fifty years ago, Dr. Rolf recognized that the body is inherently a system of seamless networks of tissues rather than a collection of separate parts. These connective tissues surround, support, and penetrate all of the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs. Structural Integration works on this web-like complex of connective tissues to release, realign and balance the whole body, thus potentially resolving discomfort, reducing compensations and alleviating pain. SI aims to restore flexibility, revitalize your energy, and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body. Essentially, the SI process enables the body to regain the natural integrity of its form, thus enhancing postural efficiency and your freedom of movement.
What are the benefits?
Structural Integration has the ability to dramatically alter a person’s posture and structure. SI can potentially resolve discomfort, release tension, and alleviate pain. SI aims to restore flexibility, revitalize your energy, and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body. The genius of the work rests on Dr. Rolf’s insight that the body is more at ease and functions most effectively when its structure is balanced in gravity.
Athletes, dancers, children, business professionals, and people from all walks of life have benefited from SI. People seek SI as a way to ease pain and chronic stress and improve performance in their professional and daily activities. It’s estimated that more than 1 million people have received Structural Integration.
Research has demonstrated that SI creates a more efficient use of the muscles, allows the body to conserve energy, and creates more economical and refined patterns of movement. Research also shows that SI significantly reduces chronic stress and changes in the body structure. For example, a study showed that SI significantly reduced the spinal curvature of subjects with lordosis (swayback); it also showed that SI enhances neurological functioning.
Dr. Podolny is currently available for Structural Integration sessions on a limited basis. Please call the office to schedule.