Yoga and Meditation

Structural Integration and Myofascial Therapy to Enhance Yoga and Meditation

Did you know that Rolfing - Structural Integration was born from Dr. Ida Rolf's Hatha Yoga practice?

"When she (Dr. Ida Rolf) first began working with clients, it was via the yoga postures or asana's with the added twist that where the client's tissue would not accommodate the position, Dr. Rolf would manually stretch the tissues to help the client achieve the depths of the posture. This technique observation of the specific limitations of the body moving in gravity, followed by sequential selective lengthening of myofascial tissues formed the fundamental basis for her evolving method (Structural Integration)." (Myers, 2004)

Myers, Thomas W., 2003. Structural Integration Developments In Ida Rolf's "Recipe" - I, Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (2004) 8, 131-142

Structural Integration deals with restrictions in the body, mind and emotions. By removing or opening the restrictions, it allows one to explore free movement and expression. Structural Integation practitioners are trained to spot these restriction through observation of ones posture and movement. Restrictions can also be directly palpated in the fascia. The next paragraph was taken from a chapter called "Function is Movement" in Dr. Rolf's text, Rolfing - Reestablishing the Natural Alignment and Structural Integration of the Human Body for Vitality and Well-Being. She explains how working with the body can improve health on all levels of being.

Physical personality is reflected in psychological personality. So, too, physical movement colors psychological behavior. Through movement, humans sense the driving force of change. Movement is the acceptance of change; awareness of this tends to be below the individual's conscious awareness. For the therapist of the psyche as well as the therapist dealing with the physical man, the goal is appropriate movement. The psychotherapist senses immobility in the dimension of time rather than of space. The individual bogged down, unmoving in time, unable to escape from his infantile or adolescent assumptions or traumata, manifests this physically as well as psychologically. His lack of movement, his general or localized rigidity, are unequivocal in their statement. Movement induced in the physical body (as all dance therapists know) will loosen the psychological chains. The job of the psychotherapist becomes easier.

In the human body, movement is determined by the joints. Therefore, appreciation of anatomical joint structure offers to the therapist one key to understanding normal process and putting to work for healing.


Elsie Kerns, Holistic Health and Wellness Educator

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