"Literal Thorns in Literal Flesh"
ROLFING®, the Integration of Human Structures
"We are not the stuff that abides, but patterns that perpetuate themselves" - Norbert Weiner
As in all matter organized into biological units, there is a pattern, an order, in human bodies. Humans can change toward orderliness, or they can change away from it. Human bodies do change, your body can, any body can. We do not mean deteriorate or age in the commonly accepted sense. We mean that bodies, average physical bodies of flesh and blood, are amazingly plastic media, which can change quickly toward a structure that is more orderly and thus more economical in terms of energy.
Structural Integration is a system that induces change toward an ordered pattern. In general, it is a -basic ten-hour cycle of treatment that balances myofascial* relationships. The key to all life experience is movement; in the segmented human structure, movement is expressed through the joints. In humans, the myofascial component determines the adequacy of the joint. Thus, by changing the myofascia and bringing it toward the normal, the practitioner of Structural Integration evokes a more normal (in our sense of the word) movement.
*Fascia, in combination with the muscle it enwraps, is called myofascia. Structural Integration relies on one outstanding property of myofascia, its elasticity.
From Rolfing, by Dr. Ida P. Rolf, page 15