Rolfing® Structural Integration

Donald Soule
Certified Advanced Rolfer™

What reasons lead people to get Rolfing Structural Integration?  

People come for Rolfing for many reasons.  These reasons can have their origins in our body’s histories of accidents, patterns of tension, habitual use and overuse.  All of these stresses cause our tissues to shorten and harden.  Many of us want some freedom from the aches, pains and feelings of tension and restriction that interfere with our fullest participation in our daily lives.  These aches, pains and tensions often arise from the interaction between a specific event or events in our recent past with the established patterns of compensation, shortening and restriction that have built up over our lifetime.

Structural alignment.  We think of our posture as the way that we look.  Our body also shows us the condition of its structure and how well that structure is supporting itself.  Clients come to improve their alignment because they sense this will make a substantial contribution to their well being.  Much of the work that I do is aimed at effecting the structure’s alignment, because I know that by doing this we will be making a foundation for lasting resolution of the kinds of complaints discussed below.

Chronic pain.  Many clients come for help with chronic pain.  This can be carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and lower back pain, TMJ or headache pain.  With these clients, I work to balance restrictions that are directly related to their complaint and also balance their entire structure in order to help prevent recurrence of that complaint.

Injury.  Clients come complaining of the results of accidents, such as a car crash or sporting injury.  Each person’s situation is the unique combination of their accidents added onto their unique pattern of strains.

Tension.  Clients come because they want relief from chronic patterns of physical and emotional tensions.  They can put their finger on their pattern of tension, but haven’t been able to completely relieve it, even though they may be participating in activities such as yoga, massage, chiropractic adjustments, Pilates classes, exercise programs and psychotherapy.  Rolfing can be a wonderful complement to these and other modalities that you may already be using.  In addition, I will sometimes recommend that a client undertake activities like these to support and extend the results of our work together.

Performance.  Whether you are a yoga fan or avid golfer, martial artist, dancer or rugby player, you may have wished for more ease, comfort and grace in what you enjoy doing.  Research into Rolfing® shows that after Rolfing®, subjects performed the same tasks with less effort and interference.  The body’s “drag” on itself is reduced.  Clients say that they are more coordinated.

Aliveness and Energy.  Many of my clients report changes to their feeling of vitality and liveliness.  Some come to me specifically because they feel “stuck” and want to work to free up some of their energy.  Rolfing can help to allow feelings and self-expression to flow and bring us into better contact with ourselves.