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Structural Integration is based upon the teachings & work of a brilliant woman, Ida Rolf.  This bodywork is structured around the belief that gravity will “lift up” an aligned, comfortable body and continually compress an injured, misaligned body.  The innate intelligence we have within our bodies tries continually to offer strength and support for gravity’s compression by building-up the connective tissue matrix.  Connective tissue (or fascia) is a very strong, though pliable web that covers every fiber of muscle, every bone, every vascular and lymphatic vessel, and each organ of our bodies.  This fascial web intertwines everything within us.  Our efforts in the work of the Ida Rolf Method of Structural Integration focus on lengthening and rehydrating shortened, compressed, adhesive connective tissue to allow for fluidity (rather than gluing) and resiliency (rather than inflexible, inefficient “strength”).  Our bodies then become more organized and relaxed, allowing for much better movement capability and healing.  The athlete, physically hardworking person, those that sit in a static position at a desk or in a vehicle most days, injured or not, ANYONE feeling just plain “tired” and lacking energy can benefit from this work!


STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION is first, a series of 10 “basic sessions” that emphasizes balance, education and release of a client’s physical patterns; structurally and in movement.  After a session of Structural Integration, people (in amazement) often report feeling “lighter.”  Sessions include the actual bodywork, both obtaining information from and conveying focus to the client regarding the work, as well as offering movement awareness for continuance of integration between sessions.  Each session involves treatment of fascial tissue.  The timing of receiving each session is up to the client though regularity is important be it weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. 

When this Basic Ten Series is completed, a period of time is allowed for integration in the body.  Following this time, clients often return for more advanced work, dealing again with balance, movement and awareness.  Each session (whether basic or advanced) is part of a progression in releasing myofascial restrictions that disallow comfort in the client’s body.


is referred to as Ida Rolf’s “Recipe.” Each session may be a bit different from one client to the next, depending on particular needs though there is a format or intention for the efforts in each session.  The First Hour lengthens and relaxes the overworked flexor muscles in the front of the body offering an increase in vital capacity and breath.  Session Two works feet and calves, providing better support for the body as well as lengthening the back.  In general, the work in #1 and #2 attempt to balance the front (flexor muscles) with the back (the extensors).  Third Hour lengthens the sides, giving vertical strength and support from ankles to ears.  Sessions 4, 5, 6 and 7 are the deeper sessions and require full commitment from the client to complete the series.  #4 lengthens the interior thigh and begins working with deeper structures associated with the pelvis, #5 works with the abdominal muscles and upper body, lifting the chest and diaphragm, creating comfort and length above the pelvis.  #6 entails “freeing” the sacrum from the pelvis by treating the myofascial network holding it in place allowing the sacrum to be in its proper place at the base of the spine rather than tied-to the legs and pelvic girdle.  #7 completes the core lift of prior sessions and frees the cranium and neck from shoulder and arm activity allowing the head to be freer-floating rather than compressed-into the chest and back.  Sessions #8, #9 and #10 integrate all of the changes that have occurred through the client’s body during the prior 7 sessions, bringing buoyancy to the tissue, requiring less effort for the client to move and participate fully in life.

Marilyn A. Casey, L.M.T., CO #11526, HI #10769 (inactive), NM #1935
Board Certified with NCBTMB
Practitioner of Ida Rolf's Structural Integration
Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner
245 Nona Avenue, Trinidad, CO 81082; 719-680-9301

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