The goal of Rolfing® Structural Integration is to align and balance the body’s components until the entire system is a smoothly functioning coordinated whole. The primary philosophy behind Rolfing® is finding the right relationship between the different segments of the body. The practitioner is interested in building supportive connections throughout the body. This means that many segments of the body are compared and considered (right to left, front to back, top to bottom, and inner to outer) so that the entire body may be guided towards greater balance around a central vertical axis.
Rather than addressing issues at the local level exclusively, a Rolfer approaches them from a body-as-system point of view. Dr. Rolf believed in looking beyond individual complaints into the entire system for the cause of dis-ease. For example, the origin of low back pain may be a non-local problem, or a symptom of something else. In many cases, such a disorder can be traced to a lack of support in the feet and legs, or in the misalignment between the pelvis and shoulder girdle. By establishing better structure and function overall, individual symptoms are often relieved.
The process of integrating the whole body typically involves a series of ten individual sessions. While one can benefit from a few sessions, the full series is recommended in order to achieve complete and lasting results.
The Basic Ten Series was designed in a way that makes sense to the body as it allows for a progress to build on itself. Very simply, the sequence can be understood in three parts. The first three sessions (1-3) address the most superficial fascial planes of the body's major segments, the next four (4-7) attend to the deep, intrinsic layers, and the final three (8-10) blend and coordinate the results from previous sessions.
Nearly every session includes some work in the neck, pelvis and back. While the ten series is like a template, specific attention is given to individual patterns during the ten-session process. Photos are usually taken before and after the series to document the changes in the body.
The Basic Ten Series offers a lasting foundation, which many people are satisfied with. However, clients who wish to, may explore further work by returning for post-ten "tune-ups" or an advanced series. This varies from person to person. Athletes, those with scoliosis, musculoskeletal conditions or physically/menatlly demanding jobs benefit from maintenance work which can be performed every 2-4 weeks. Many others will wait several months before scheduling multiple sessions with specific goals. Speak with Elias to see what is best for you.
Locations and Hours
Garrett Hypnosis & Wellness Center
3020 N. Kimball Ave
Chicago, IL (Logan Square) 60618
Monday, Thursday and Friday: 12pm - 7pm
Limber Mind and Body
263 N. Convent, Suite 8
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Tuesday: 12pm - 7pm
10655 S. Hale Ave.
Chicago, IL (Beverly) 60643
Wednesday: 12pm - 7pm Saturday: 12pm - 4pm
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