What is Rolfing® Structural Integration?

Named after its founder, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing® Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body.

More than fifty years ago, Dr. Rolf recognized that the body is inherently a system of seamless networks of tissues rather than a collection of separate parts. These connective tissues surround, support, and penetrate all of the muscles, bones, nerves and organs. Rolfing Structural Integration works on this web-like complex of connective tissues to release, realign and balance the whole body, thus potentially resolving discomfort, reducing compensations and alleviating pain. Rolfing SI aims to restore flexibility, revitalize your energy, and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body.

Essentially, the Rolfing process enables the body to regain the natural integrity of its form, thus enhancing postural efficiency and your freedom of movement.


What are the benefits?

Rolfing Structural Integration can dramatically alter a person's posture and structure. Rolfing SI can potentially resolve discomfort, release tension, and alleviate pain. Rolfing SI aims to restore flexibility, revitalize your energy, and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body. The genius of the work rests on Dr. Rolf's insight that the body is more at ease and functions most effectively when its structure is balanced in gravity.

Athletes, dancers, children, business professionals, and people from all walks of life have benefited from Rolfing SI. People seek Rolfing SI to ease pain and chronic stress, and improve performance in their professional and daily activities. It's estimated that more than 1 million people have received Rolfing work.

Research has demonstrated that Rolfing SI creates a more efficient use of the muscles, allows the body to conserve energy, and creates more economical and refined patterns of movement. Research also shows that Rolfing SI significantly reduces chronic stress and changes in the body structure. For example, a study showed that Rolfing SI significantly reduced the spinal curvature of subjects with lordosis (sway back); it also showed that Rolfing SI enhances neurological functioning.


Certified Advanced Rolfer™

  • Karl has 25+ years of practicing as a massage therapy Rolfer™.
  • Karl uses the big box techniques from the Rolfing™ tradition and many manual techniques that he has learned from his osteopathic teachers.
  • Rolfing™ is a great option for athletic injuries, automobile accident clients, and anyone with ongoing or chronic issues.
  • Karl has successfully resolved many musculoskeletal dysfunctions that have persisted for years.
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Karl is an active bicyclist, hiker, and canoeist. He owns a small ranch where he raises grass-fed animals exclusively. Karl has practiced a healthy, natural diet all his adult life and has an intense curiosity in functional medicine and how the human body can operate at its