Structural Integration and Energy Medicine: A Handbook of Advanced Bodywork

Structural Integration and Energy Medicine: A Handbook of Advanced Bodywork

Structural Integration and Energy Medicine: A Handbook of Advanced Bodywork

Structural Integration and Energy Medicine: A Handbook of Advanced Bodywork


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An illustrated guide to the Structural Integration bodywork process and the relationship between body alignment and energy flow

• Details each of the 10 sessions in the Structural Integration bodywork series, explaining what to expect and how to maximize the benefits

• Explores the relationship between the energetics of the body and its alignment, including a scientific understanding of how gravity affects body alignment

• Explains how to incorporate essential oils and other holistic support tools as well as the psycho-emotional Hellerwork themes

When the body’s structure is optimally aligned, not only does it eliminate pain, reduce inflammation, and stop the degeneration of joints and discs, it also enhances the flow of energy in the body and awakens us to greater mental clarity.

In this illustrated guide to Dr. Ida P. Rolf’s Structural Integration process, Jean Louise Green introduces the principles of Structural Integration and details each of the 10 sessions in the Structural Integration bodywork series, explaining what to expect and how to maximize the benefits. She explores the relationship between the energetics of the body and its alignment, including an advanced scientific understanding of how gravity can become a beneficial force when the body is properly aligned. She provides clear, accessible descriptions of core concepts such as the Rolf Line and the torus, including a detailed explanation of how to access the energetics of the Rolf Line. She illustrates the rotation patterns of the body and explains how they contribute to pain and how correcting them may minimize the need for hip and knee replacements. She provides movement exercises and support tools for self-care and maintenance between sessions and explains optimal body mechanics for moving, sitting, and standing as well as how to avoid putting stress and strain back into the body. This book is an excellent resource guide to accompany a person through their Structural Integration series.

The author also explores how to incorporate Joseph Heller’s psycho-emotional Hellerwork themes in the Structural Integration process and looks at holistic support tools such as electromagnetic resonancing, far-infrared saunas, essential oils, gratitude practices, meditation, and the Five Tibetan yogic exercises.

Offering an energy medicine approach to bodywork, this guide provides both practitioners and laypeople with the necessary tools to dramatically increase the efficiency of the body, release chronic pain, improve mental function, and free energy flow.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620557983
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jean Louise Green, CMT, is a Certified Practitioner in the Ida P. Rolf Method of Structural Integration. She was trained by Dr. Rolf's first generation teachers through the Guild for Structural Integration. From 2004-2018, Green taught basic and advanced level deep tissue classes as a certified teacher of therapeutic massage and senior staff member at Chico Therapy Wellness Center. A professional member of the Guild for Structural Integration, the International Association of Structural Integrators, and the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, Green maintains a full-time private practice and lives in the state of Washington.

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Session One

Before the First Session

Before you begin, write down all your current symptoms and conditions that you would like to resolve. Formulate your goals and intentions. Doing this will enhance the benefits of your ten-sessions investment.

The body has a great capacity to shift with this work. Changes may be noticed immediately upon standing after the session or experienced through an accumulated effect during the series. Toward the end of your ten-session series, the majority of the ailments on your list may be completely forgotten or significantly improved. Each person’s experience of the work will be unique according to their own body’s needs and personal history.

Because of the connection between body, mind, emotion, and spirit, you might consider not only physical goals but also personal goals. This work is a springboard for creating major positive change. It can usher in the next level of who you are becoming. With that in mind, what is it in your life that you would like to bring in or accomplish at this time?

The Theme of the First Session

Joseph Heller is a respected early colleague of Dr. Ida Rolf and a former president of the Rolf Institute. He is the founder of Hellerwork Structural Integration and an authority on the emotions and their effects on different parts of the body. Heller’s brilliant, insightful themes add new depth to the work. He realized that most people’s stress is mental and emotional in origin, and that stress gets stuck in different parts of the body.

Joseph Heller described the theme of the first session as “Inspiration”: “The meaning of the word ‘inspiration’ is ‘draw in spirit’: inspiration is not only to inhale oxygen, but it is also to be filled with—or to be in touch with—spirit.” Breath is our prime connection with life force.

The first session can be an inspiration for being able to breathe deeply and fully give and receive love. The spirit of the first session is of being reborn—of something special having happened.

The psychological Hellerwork connection here is the reawakening of an enthusiasm for life; a possibility of newfound freedom in body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Emmett Hutchins, my first teacher of Dr. Rolf’s work, described the mood of the first hour when he said, “One of the qualities of a first hour is ‘Wow! That was wonderful. I’ve never had anything like that before. Can I get more?’”

Dr. Rolf’s Words about the First Session

“The goals are to improve chest respiration and the nutrition in the cellular levels. The new blood opens up the way to mobilization and innervation of the pelvic body from the earth in all subsequent sessions.”

Practitioner Goals for the First Session

• Create awareness of client’s baseline structure.
• Establish a working relationship.
• Open up the breathing capacity.
• Lengthen the front of the body.
• Begin to release restrictions in the pelvic and shoulder girdles.
• Begin to free the legs.
• Horizontalize the pelvis.
• Introduce client to their Line for the first time. Acquaint the client with where the top of their head is and where their feet are in relation to the gravitational field.

Areas Addressed

The front of the body will be longer after this session. The work will create the need for the lengthening of the back in session two. This is the beginning of freeing strain in the rib cage, shoulder girdle, legs, hips, neck, and back.

As a result of the first session, breathing capacity may expand by 25 percent. More of your weight may be on your heels. Also, the ribs may lift as the weight bearing down into your feet has shifted.

Self-Care for the Client after a First Session

The work of Structural Integration helps break up patterns of disorganization that are stuck in the soft tissues of the body. The stretching and breaking down of such tissues releases toxins that may cause the body to feel sore after a session.

Take a ten-minute walk immediately after your structural integration session to help your body integrate the work. Walking will help your body adjust to its changes in alignment and relationship with gravity.

Follow the walk with a detox bath to help eliminate toxins quickly through the skin. Detox baths lessen side effects from the release of toxins during your sessions. Otherwise, side effects could include dizziness, headache, nausea, body ache, fever, or flu-like symptoms. If toxins are not removed from the body within six hours, they can move back into the blood stream into deeper layers of the connective tissues causing soreness in the body. If any soreness remains after your detox bath, rub some arnica gel into the area. Arnica increases circulation and reduces inflammation and pain. As long as there is inflammation, pain will be present. Inflammation needs to be reduced in order to diminish pain.

Increase your water intake before and after your sessions. Water rehydrates the connective tissues and helps flush out toxins released in the bodywork. It is recommended to drink half of one’s bodyweight in ounces of water per day.

Increase the intake of protein in your diet during your Structural Integration series to help support the formation of new connective tissues during this time of reorganization in your body.

Between the Sessions

Because the psyche and soma are so connected, the practitioner’s work around the rib cage may cause feelings to surface during or after the session. Often with the freeing of the breath can come a reawakened enthusiasm for life; however, there can also be sadness as repressed emotions begin to stir.

Did any feelings come up for you during or after the session? Did this surprise you? How did you handle those emotions? Was it okay for you to feel the feelings or did you try to stifle them? This might be an opportunity for you to clear some of those feelings on the mental and emotional levels and get them “off your chest.”

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


Foreword by James L. Oschman, Ph.D.


An Introduction to Structural Integration

Structural Integration Defined
Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Founder of Structural Integration
My Own Journey in Structural Integration
The Rolf “Recipe” Energetics of the Body
The Interstitium and Fascial Research
Fascial Tissue and Rotation Patterns

The Recipe Sessions

Maximizing the Benefits of Your Ten Sessions

Session One: Inspiration
Session Two: Standing on Your Own Two Feet
Session Three: Reaching Out
Session Four: Control and Surrender
Session Five: The Guts
Session Six: Holding Back
Session Seven: Losing Your Head
Session Eight: The Feminine
Session Nine: The Masculine
Session Ten: Integration

Support Tools

Far-Infrared Sauna
The Role of Nutrition
The Five Tibetan Rites
Tending to the Emotional Body Essential Oils
Meditation and the Quantum Field

IASI-Recognized Structural Integration Training Programs




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