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.
Tim attended the Utah College of Massage Therapy in 1998 where he learned Structural Integration from Norman Cohn and Andy Crow who had both been directly taught by Ida Rolf. Tim was one of the first students for their Structural Integration program of the career track and after learning the method remained at UCMT for several more years as a teaching assistant and instructor of the SI track.
Alex studied two forms of Structural Integration that came out of a shared lineage — Integral Bodywork® developed by Everett Ogawa and Zentherapy® developed by William ‘Dub’ Leigh who was a direct student of Ida Rolf and Moshe Feldenkrais. These approaches to SI emphasize particularly thorough work in the psoas as foundational to grounded embodiment, as well as attention to restoring the flow of vital energy for optimal mind/body well-being.
Vanessa did her Rolfing® Structural Integration training at the Rolf Institute in Boulder, CO – the most well-known SI training institute to carry on Ida Rolf’s work after her death. Vanessa studied and assisted under multiple senior teachers and also learned an approach to integrating visceral work into Rolfing.