The Ida Rolf Method

Rolfing® Structural Integration

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Have you ever felt like your body and posture are just “out of whack”?

The Rolf ’s method of Structural Integration is a way to enhance your natural posture.   It is a series of 10 methodical sessions of hands on bodywork that can reorganize the fascia, or connective tissues, throughout your body. These tissues support all of the bones, muscles, nerves and organs in the body.

With the use of touch, Rolf ’s method realigns and balances the body by releasing and resituating the web-like complex of connective tissue.

Ida Rolf, a biochemist, was the creator of Structural Integration.  In 1971 the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration (RISI) was founded to train and register practitioners in her method.


Martin Guevara Kunerth

“Little did I now about The Ida Rolf Method, when I decided to book one session at the Studio Australia Barcelona. I thought it was a massage form to relieve chronic muscle tension. I booked because I had a very bad neck pain at that time and I wanted to improve my posture.

Luckily Santiago took his time to explain in every detail what Rolfing is really about. How the connective tissue gets sticky, and how it affects our posture and range of movement. And eventually how the decreased range of movement causes bad posture, tension and eventually pain.

So Rolfing is not a massage technique working on tense muscles, but working on the liberation of the connective tissue. After the first session I could feel the difference already. My whole upper body felt unchained. I was able to breathe deeper and felt at least 15 cm taller. And the progress continued with every session.

“Every session works on a different part of the body, and before and during every session you move in front of the practitioner to perfectly adapt the method onto your body.  My 10th session was already some months ago, but I still can feel my body changing. All the little tweaks Santiago made, all the tips on how to stand, how to walk, breathe, sit, move…. need time to sit in.

I can only recommend The Ida Rolf Method, especially for those who are trying to improve their posture, and are working on a healthy, strong and long living body.

If you decide to do it do it at Studio Australia Barcelona.  An oasis of peace in the busy and intense city of Barcelona.”

Does Rolfing Hurt?

Rolfing® Structural Integration can be uncomfortable and can sometimes even be a little painful or hurt, especially if you have an injury or your muscles are very tight.

If you have ever had a sports massage or deep tissue massage you can understand the how it might feel.  The only difference is that with Rolfing the practitioner does not use oil to work.

The transformational treatment is done on dry skin with tension, rubbing and pressure by the therapist using their hands, fingers, forearms and elbows.  It is a very hand’s on therapy!

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Ida Rolf’s Recipe

Gravity is the Therapist

“When I first heard about Rolfing I was studying regular Swedish massage. The principles and ideas of it appealed to me as they sounded unique, innovative and very bold.

During my training in the Rolf’s method under the umbrella of the ISSI (International School of Structural Integration) I could also see that the teaching method, the curriculum and ideas were not to be found easily anywhere and this is something that I still realise today after many years of investigating other methods.

Some of the rationale behind the method was groundbreaking and it is still after many decades ahead of its time, a treatment of the future.

But first and foremost are the results from any session that act like pure magic. It became obvious to me that the catchphrase that is shared in the Rolfing community rings very true by the results seen in people: gravity is the therapist.

Nature has an inherent intelligence that the body knows. It’s about a method that works on any impeachment to allow the body to breath more fully, more freely, to allow the body to regain its natural freedom.

One of the intelligence is to move with the maximum efficiency both in grace and economy of energy.

By acting on a person and applying Ida Rolf’s recipe, the beauty of its result still astonishes me.  A sensation that not only I perceive but most importantly a sensation that any person going through the sessions feels and inhabits both consciously and unconsciously.

A better posture has implications both in the tissue, mind, and emotions. I am grateful to be able to share its magic touch.”

Santiago Pinto

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