Rolf Bodywork

by Zuddhi Yoga

with Will Massey

Original Ida Rolf method of Structural Integration

About Structural Integration

Structural integration is a system of soft tissue manipulation founded by Dr. Ida Rolf, Ph. D., which works on the connective tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia – the structure that surrounds muscles) and is designed to restore the body to its healthiest and most efficient alignment. By creating length and manipulating the connective tissue Structural Integration works to establish more alignment in the body and a more sustainable and efficient working unit.

Why do people seek Structural Integration?

· Relief of chronic pain such as: back pain, neck and shoulder pain.

· Recovery from injuries, accidents, surgeries, and trauma.

· Release of posture conditions such as scoliosis or general poor posture.

· Relief from chronic tension and stress.

· Repatterning of work-related repetition such as desk work or driving.

· Improve performance in athletes, yoga, martial arts, dance, and any physical activity.

Ida Rolf Quotes

“Structural Integration is a system that induces change toward an ordered pattern.  It aims to balance the myofascial relationships within the body.  When the body becomes more aligned through Rolfing, the posture can become taller, straighter and free from chronic pain. A body that is more balanced and aligned with gravity, the lower its entropy and the greater its energy content. Rolfers believe that we need to look at and address the body as whole rather than separate parts.”

“This is the gospel of Rolfing: When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through.  Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself.”

“To me, the most important thing is not a specific Rolfing hour; it’s the progression from hour to hour.  It’s the way you prepare in the second hour for the third hour so that you can get the results of the third hour.”

“Rolfing is permanent.  As one student put it, after you’re Rolfed you’re like a Jaguar. No matter how long you drive a Jaguar, it’s not going to turn into a Ford.  That’s a very good emotional answer.  It’s beautiful because it appeals to all levels.”

“A Rolfer must be able to be comfortable with phenomena which are always shifting, always moving.  This is what makes things tough.  Those few people who can build a body up are the few who have sensitivity to this sense of security in insecurity.  We’ve really given The Wisdom of Insecurity a physical component.  When you come right down to it, that wisdom of insecurity explains what Rolfers are talking about- it’s the body’s need for quick adaptation.”

All Quotes by Ida Rolf are from: ROLFING and PHYSICAL REALITY By Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D. and ROLFING: Reestablishing the Natural Alignment and Structural Integration of the Human Body for Vitality and Well-Being by Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D.

Will Massey practices the Ida Rolf method of Structural Integration in Chattanooga TN.  Will is certified by the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado. He is a licensed bodywork therapist. Will has a BS in Anthropology with a minor in Psychology from Appalachian State University.

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Will Massey


Located in Chattanooga, TN