Flow of a session
Most of your session is spent working on the table, but initially, we will talk and I will need to make some observations of your standing posture. Periodically during the session, I may have you stand, walk, or sit, moving your body in gravity, and ask you to notice any new sensations or perceptions. This will facilitate your process of integration through movement, and it will also allow me to monitor and fine-tune the progress of the work.
Movement is an important part of Structural Integration—from a kinesthetic and neuromuscular perspective, much can transpire in those first few moments of standing and walking. Taking time to notice what is different can be like hitting the save button. As the body-mind registers each increment of intermediate change, your structure begins to make a significant postural shift, and you expand your repertoire of movement.
What to Wear
It is important to wear something you are comfortable walking around in, yet I will need to be able to see your structure and directly touch your skin. The traditional attire for a Structural Integration session is simply underwear (as you have seen in the classic Rolfing® photos). Yoga shorts, basketball shorts, and running shorts can be a great alternative to underwear, if you prefer more coverage. (Avoid snug bike shorts, because they tend to be less stretchy, and therefore it’s not as easy to move the fabric to work on your upper leg or hip.)
For women, a stretchy tank top or camisole with skinny shoulder straps works very well on top; the fabric and skinny straps can easily be shifted to access your spine, the side of your rib cage, or your neck and shoulders. (It is more difficult to work under and around snug or sturdy bra straps.)
For men, boxer briefs or regular briefs are the best underwear choices for coverage, as we may be moving your legs into various stretches on the table. You are also welcome to wear loose basketball shorts, if that makes you more comfortable – I’ll just move the fabric aside as needed for direct access to your hip.
- Bring your new client forms filled out.
- Bring the clothes to change into that you’ll be wearing for the session, or wear them underneath your street clothes.
- Have a small snack if it has been a while since your last meal.
- Allow enough time after your appointment so that you don’t have to rush to your next activity. It is great to have enough time for a three to five minute walk before you get back in your car.