“How surely gravity’s law, strong as an ocean current, takes hold of even the strongest thing and pulls it toward the heart of the world. If we surrendered to the earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.”
Rainer Marie Rilke
To understand the benefits of Structural Integration (SI), imagine living in a fluid, light, balanced body – free of pain, stiffness, and chronic stress.
What is Structural Integration?
Developed by Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D., Structural Integration (SI) is a system of deep-tissue bodywork and movement education that aims to reorganize and realign the human body.
Why is SI important?
One important principle
of SI is that the powerful force of gravity significantly affects the body. In a misaligned state, the body’s valuable resources are used inefficiently, laboring to keep the body aligned and upright. In addition, physical injuries, the stresses of daily life, unhealthy movement patterns and attitudes can bring one’s structure out of balance. Over time, in response to these stresses, the body shortens and tightens, which can create stiffness, pain, fatigue and a decreased sense of well-being.
What are the benefits of SI?
The process of SI is an individual and personal process with a wide range of effects and benefits. In general, a body that is aligned and balanced in gravity moves with more ease, fluidity, efficiency and grace. Movement is a pleasure, breathing is easier and good posture is effortless. Many report feeling taller and lighter. In addition, more efficient use of your muscles allows the body to conserve energy and creates more refined and economical patterns of movement. This can result in increased levels of energy and alertness. Feelings of stress can also decrease while your level of relaxation can increase.