Foundations of Structural Integration
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David Davis and Buddy Frank have been practicing Structural Integration for over 50 years combined and bring a depth of experience and a dedication to the craft of SI. CCSI is located in Crestone, Colorado, a powerful natural and spiritual environment in southern Colorado.
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Ida Pauline Rolf, Ph.D. (1896-1979) created the form of bodywork known as Structural Integration. She was a true innovator and pioneer, developing a systematic method to work with the physical body to organize and balance it in the field of gravity. The concepts and techniques of Structural Integration are particularly efficacious, and various aspects of the work are used throughout the bodywork and massage community for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.
Dr. Rolf was a native New Yorker, and graduated from Barnard College in 1916. After receiving her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Columbia University in 1920, she worked as a research associate at the Rockefeller Institute, the first woman in that position, and co-authored over a dozen research papers. Dr. Rolf travelled to Europe in the late 1920’s, studying mathematics, atomic physics, and homeopathy.
Throughout her life, Dr. Rolf was involved with alternative healing, investigating and studying yoga, osteopathy, chiropractic medicine, the Alexander Technique, as well as other forms of healing. To help resolve health issues she and her family were experiencing, Dr. Rolf began to experiment with manual manipulation, working with family, neighbors and friends.
Dr. Rolf found inspiration for how she worked in many different forms, from Alfred Korzybski's theory of General Semantics, to Buckminster Fuller's concept of tensegrity structures, to Wilhelm Reich’s somatic psychotherapy. She was also influenced by the spiritual teacher G.I. Gurdjieff, and was close friends with his disciple, J.G. Bennett. She spent time with Manly Hall, a philosopher, author and noted authority on Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism, and studied with Dr. Amy Cochran, an osteopath who created a form of exercise called Physiosynthesis, and was a noted medium.
Dr. Rolf began to formulate her work into a series and teach it in the late 1940’s and 50’s, initially teaching to osteopaths and chiropractors. But the work only took off in the 1960’s, when she was invited to Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California by Fritz Perls, originator of Gestalt Therapy. The 1960’s was a time of tremendous cultural upheaval, and the epicenter of the Human Potential Movement was at Esalen, a situation ripe for Dr. Rolf’s work. Structural Integration was well received, and Dr. Rolf began training practitioners, eventually moving to Boulder, Colorado, and starting the Guild for Structural Integration, which became the Rolf Institute. In 1977, “Rolfing: The Integration of Human Structures” was published, a major milestone in Dr. Rolf’s life and a culmination in written form of her life’s work.
Dr. Ida P. Rolf was many things: wife, mother, scientist, innovator, pioneer, visionary, and mystic. And through it all, she was a diligent and hard worker, persevering to put forth her vision of Structural Integration to the world for decades before it became popular, and then working through her 70’s to create a community of practitioners.
Anyone who has ever been touched by Structural Integration (and a host of other derivative modalities) is indebted to Dr. Rolf, and as practitioners, we are indebted to her for an engaging practice that provides us with a livelihood, and a wonderful life of internal growth and balance around our Line. Thank you, Dr. Rolf!