Structural Integration (often called Rolfing) aims to balance and align the body’s structure within the field of gravity. Developed by Ida P. Rolf, it follows a specific sequence of deep tissue work and sensorimotor education over the course of ten sessions each with specific structural goals. The ten sessions work sequentially, to open, align, balance, and integrate the body’s tissues – working both broadly and deeply throughout the body.
Alex has trained in two styles of Structural Integration with two teachers — Audrey Nakamura in Hawaii and Everett Ogawa in Chicago. Both teachers have a shared lineage having studied with ‘Dub’ Leigh, one of Ida Rolf’s foremost approved teachers.
Integral Bodywork® Structural Integration, as developed by Everett Ogawa, is especially geared toward releasing and transforming deeply held emotion and trauma such as old injuries, grief, depression, fear, and anxiety. It also follows Ida Rolf’s standard 10-session Structural Integration sequence but with a special emphasis on deep core release of the abdomen (specifically the iliopsoas). After several preparatory sessions, core work forms the foundation of each session.