Structural Integration (SI) is a hands-on therapy (manual therapy) that focuses on aligning the body in the gravitational field. By working with touch, and inviting client movement, Rolfers™ facilitate structural change in the fascial system mediated by the nervous system. The goal of SI therapy is to improve structural alignment, increase body comfort, and enhance athletic performance.
Dr. Ida P. Rolf (IPR) innovated SI as a specific style of touch therapy in the mid-20th century. Her focus was on the gravitational organization of the human body and how it can be changed with sophisticated and educated touch. SI is fascial manipulation focusing on wholistic organization of the human structure so that the client is optimally balanced in the gravitational field. This is IPR’s unique contribution to manual therapy.
Rolfing® Structural Integration is the brand of manual therapy taught by the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration (RISI), in Boulder, Colorado. IPR started RISI in 1971 right beside the red rock flat irons of Boulder. All Canadian Certified Rolfers™ doing the practice of Rolfing® SI are graduates of IPR’s original school.