ISI Catalog

Technique

“Inside your body is a priceless treasure. A gift from the eternally generous One. Look for the gift inside you.”
          — Jalauddin Rumi, poet and mystic Sufi Teacher.



Dr. Rolf’s Wish
Ida Rolf’s wish was to have a number of different schools promoting her work. She felt that each school would offer its distinct perspective in Structural Integration, serving to further its development. ISI attempts to satisfy her dream and maintain dedication to her traditional teaching.

The Skills
Mastering the Craft
As practitioners, we seek to master Dr. Rolf’s work. This includes specific skills in fascial layering, “seeing” human structural alignment and movement patterns, and the underlying concepts of the principles and metaphysical considerations in her recipe.

The Art of “Seeing” Human Structural Alignment
Dr. Rolf taught, “Sight is touch at a distance.” She considered this the greatest challenge of Structural Integration. When we speak of “seeing” in Structural Integration, we are talking about viewing the human structure in relationship to its alignment in space and the gravitational field. With this in mind, you’ll first learn the essential components of analyzing the human structure in a standing position, and how it moves within a three dimensional space. You’ll learn to “see” a person’s structural patterns by identifying how a person carries or holds him/herself and “seeing” the changes in the patterns that need to be made. ISI’s program encourages students to “see” a person as they were in the past, who they are now, and who they are becoming.

Feeling the Core
The most critical component is learning how to “see” with your hands. This is called fascial layering. Layering fascia means balancing the innermost (intrinsic) muscles with the outermost (extrinsic) muscles. Manipulating fascia is key to becoming a successful practitioner. Regardless of how well you can “see” structure, it’s ultimately your ability to manipulate the fascia that determines what structural changes occur. ISI’s distinct approach to teaching fascial layering is done with specific individual instruction in the following:
• Learning to feel layers of fascia.
• Exploring energetic qualities of tissue and how each layer responds to touch.
• Using your intuition together with your palpation skills. Technique


“ ...no situation exists in a human which a psychologist would diagnose as a feeling of insecurity or inadequacy unless it is accompanied by a physical situation which bears witness to the fact that the gravitational support is inadequate.”
           — Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D



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