Meg Smeaton, owner of Meg’s Rolf and Bodyworks, recently joined us an advertiser. We wondered about her specialty, known as structural integration. Here’s her explanation.
Structural Integration is a body work therapy created by Ida P. Rolf, Phd in the 1950s. Unlike massage, Structural Integration focuses not on the muscles but on their protective layer called fascia (connective tissue). The fascia surrounds the muscles, bones and organs in the body. The fascia gives muscles their shape and bones their structure. Structural Integration aligns and balances the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia. Misalignment can occur often as a result of gravity, injury, poor postural habits or emotional issues. The fascia then contours to the structure…enter Structural Integration.
There is a Ten session series (known as the recipe) performed to achieve integration though “spot work” and is often performed for acute problems. Research reveals that this process creates a more efficient use of the muscles, allows the body to conserve energy, reduces chronic stress and spinal curvature, enhances neurological functioning and creates more economic and refined patterns of movement in its recipients.
Meg Smeaton, Rolf Practitioner, studied Structural Integration at the Guild For Structural Integration in Boulder Colorado. Meg is also a certified Yoga instructor in the area and often gives clients yoga instruction to compliment the Structural Integration process. She has an office at The Edmund Center, Main St, Cornelius and is currently accepting new clients. 704-439-6035. For more information on Structural Integration and Dr. Rolf please visit www.guildforstructuralintegration or www.megsrolfandbodyworks.com.