Rolfing: Structural Integration

Rolfing is a practice that utilizes fascial manipulation and movement education techniques to promote a more natural flow of movement.   

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Structural Integration was given the nickname "Rolfing" in response to the successful work of its creator Dr. Ida P. Rolf.  Rolfing utilizes a variety of hands-on and perceptual interventions directed towards improving an individual's posture and relationship to gravity.  In involves a systematically direct and indirect application of pressure to fascia surrounding muscles, bones, joints, and ligaments as well as movement education intended to help someone further break out of patterns of restriction in his or her daily activities.  Due to its holistic approach Rolf sessions cover a lot of territory in order to get to the issues in the tissues and many sessions are organized into a series of ten separate sessions, commonly referred to as "The Ten Series" or "Ida's Recipe".  This approach helps reorganize, realign, and reintegrate the body so that it will be able to move with minimal pain and optimal efficiency.  

How have people benefited from Rolfing?

  •  Improved posture and alignment​

  •  Improved movement efficiency ​

  •  Improved athletic performance​

  •  Improved balance and coordination​

  •  Increased bodily awareness and educatio​n

  •  Reduced symptoms of chronic aches and pains​

  •  Increased embodiment of self ​

  •  Increased awareness and presence​

  •  Improved sense of well-being

Noel's Bodywork Training and Experience

750 Hour Massage Therapy Certificate Program at TCL, 2007

600 Hour Accelerated Certified Rolfer Basic Training at DIRI, 2016

 

200 Hour Certified Advanced Rolfer Certification at DIRI, 2018 

180 Hour Certified Rolf Movement Practitioner Certification at DIRI, 2020

175 Hours Hands-On Dissection Study of Human Anatomy with Dr. Gil Hedley

Worked and held workshops at a variety of locations including:

Sattva Center for Yoga and Massage, OMNI Health and Fitness, Beaufort Salon and Spa, Long Training Studios, Studio 33 Kiawah, Trident Technical College, Drake Fitness, Exemplar Fitness, Merle Norman, Earthling Day Spa, Urban Nirvana, and the Healing Gallery.

Want to learn more about Rolfing?  Check out these helpful links and articles below.  Still have questions about what to expect from a session?  Visit the FAQ page.

Organizations:

Dr. Ida Rolf Institute

Fascial Research Congress

International Association of Structural Integrators

Articles:

Fascial Plasticity: A Neurobiological Explanation  by Robert Schleip, 2003 

Variations in Ida Rolf's Recipe by Thomas Myers, 2004

Grounding Structural Concepts in Physical Reality by Hans Flury, 2004​

 

Structural Integration: The Journal of the Rolf Institute Vol 45 No. 1, 2017 (Features Noel Poff's article "Closure")

         

Rolfing Structural Integration 10 Series Overview by Matt Hsu, Upright Health, 2016

Rolfing: Structural Integration by Noel Poff, Oblique Magazine, May 2018

Structure, Function, Integration: Journal of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute, November 2019 (Features Noel Poff's     Article "Movement Integration Through Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation")

Official logo fo the Rolf Institute (est. 1971) (left).

Noel before and after 10 sessions (2016) (right).