Movement® Integration is a unique system of work, which advances
the goals of Rolfing® Structural Integration. While the latter
changes structure directly through fascial manipulation, Rolf
Movement influences long-term structural change by altering well
established movement patterns.
is motion. Where normal motion is limited, tension eventually results.
Over time, limited motion results in structural imbalance, back and neck pain, sore
muscles, poor posture, low energy, and feelings of stress.
inhibition results from injury, emotional trauma, learned habits,
overuse, and misuse. Although they originally develop because they
serve us, movement patterns can outlive their usefulness. Limiting the movement
in our hips as we walk is a pattern that might have benefited us
when we were self-conscious teenagers. But it may not communicate
who we are today, and it might be contributing to muscle tightness and
chronic low back pain. Movement work doesnt demand that
you get rid of old patterns but, instead, introduces alternatives
to increase your movement options.
Movement techniques are usually sprinkled as needed into
structural sessions. Rolfers commonly apply Movement work at the
end of a Rolfing session to help clients explore new options made
available by fascial manipulations. Without Movement work, greater
range of motion may be ignored due to old neurological, psychological
and historical patterns. Movement homework helps clients
incorporate these changes in their response repertoire.
Rolf Movement® Practitioners have completed an additional certification, in order to better help clients create changes in their perception and coordinative experience — to affect long-held movement patterns.
Rolfing Movement sessions
Entire sessions devoted to Rolf Movement are valuable whether
used stand-alone or in conjunction with structural manipulation.
Rolf Movement sessions can focus on any area or issue that may create long-term improvement in their
posture and function.
might focus on developing greater support and ease in sitting; refining
walking gait to use muscles more efficiently; or customizing a clients
workspace to reduce effects of repetitive stress. A pregnant woman
might use Rolf Movement sessions to help her adjust to the ongoing
shift in her center of gravity. Athletes use Movement work to improve
performance a sprinter might want to explore ways to leave
the block faster; a golfer may want to find ways to use more of
her body when she swings a club. Movement work can be done in groups
or in private.
a ten-series, a client may become aware of movements that are particularly
challenging or areas of chronic holding. For a client with deeply
ingrained patterns, additional sessions devoted to Movement integration
can be extremely effective. Furthermore, movement develops greater
body awarenessan important goal for anyone.