your Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Health & Well-being
- June 2005
Certified Rolf Practitioner,
51 East 100 South - Moab UT 84532 - 435-260-1320
Rolf Method of Structural Integration - Change the way you move
through the World
by Amy Krueger
• felt like you had cement blocks for feet?
• thought your body seemed crooked?
• been frustrated with injuries or chronic pain that won’t go away?
• noticed patterns of holding tension or stress?
• wanted a “tune-up” for your body?
These are some of the reasons people
are drawn to the Rolf Method of Structural Integration.
The types of people drawn to Structural Integration (SI)
are as varied as the factors motivating them: athletes
looking to heal from an injury or increase their performance;
individuals desiring a deeper connection and understanding
of their bodies; people that are drawn to the concept of
finding new possibilities to the way they move through
the world- both physically and emotionally.
In Moab, people interested in experiencing the benefits
of SI are fortunate to have Elizabeth Lamoureux, certified
practitioner of the Rolf Method of Structural Integration.
Elizabeth received her schooling at the Guild for Structural
Integration in Boulder, Colorado. She had the privilege
of studying with Peter Melchoir, Ida Rolf’s first trained teacher.
Elizabeth’s background working with people in a healing
and educational role spans nearly a decade. Her work as
a personal trainer is one of the main reasons that led
her into the field of SI. During time spent with clients
in the gym, Elizabeth started noticing peoples postures
breaking down as muscle mass was being built. These observations lead
her to learn about fascia, the connective tissue netting in the body.
She began viewing body movement and anatomy in a different way. She realized
the importance of balance and alignment as opposed to just building strength,
a natural progression towards Structural Integration.
SI is a form of holistic bodywork developed in the 1940’s by Ida
Rolf, a biochemist who studied collagen. Collagen, the building block
of the body’s connective tissue (also known as fascia), forms a
continuous net throughout the body. Physical and emotional trauma often
leads to misalignment in this fascia. Repetitive misuse (think of holding
a phone between your shoulder and ear) can also lead to adhesions in
the connective tissue. SI works to free these adhesions and provide order,
alignment, and balance to the body in gravity.
People often experience SI through a series of ten sessions, known
recipe”. Each session is defined by a goal and typically alternates
between lower and upper bodywork. Going through the ten series is not
necessary to experience the benefits of SI. Often clients will come in
for just a session or two and mention positive results.
A session is typically one to one hour and fifteen minutes long. Elizabeth
starts her sessions with a visual body and posture analysis. These observations
give Elizabeth a point from which to start. While each session might
focus on a common theme, the way that goal is reached differs with each
person depending on what their needs are. Most of the bodywork and movement
exercises are done on a table, similar to a large massage table. Typical
attire for a session is underwear, running shorts or two piece bathing
suit. The most important factor is that the individual feels comfortable
with what they are wearing.
As someone who went through the 10-series with Elizabeth, I found it
to be a profound experience, on many different levels. Elizabeth has
a keen ability to make you feel comfortable. She takes the time to get
to know the reasons why you are there, and is open to sharing her own
experiences. Elizabeth realizes the many different reasons that draw
people to SI and tailors her approach effectively. Here are what some
of her clients had to say about their own experiences:
Rolfing sessions have not only made us feel better,
but we find that we move better and can be much more
active. We would highly recommend her to anyone interested
in making a change.
Bob and Sarah @ Mondo Café
I work on scaffolding for a living
and have found that I have better balance and more trust
in my feet than I did before I began my 10 series. I
feel more grounded in my body at the same time I am able
to stand taller, more ease than I have in years.
I went to Elizabeth of I had a literal pain in the
neck that would extend from my neck down into my fingertips.
After a few sessions the neck pain subsided a great
deal and other favorable results started to happen.
My achy arthritic hands began to loosened and felt
better than they had in years!! I was so pleased with
what was happening to my body that I talked my husband
into going to see Elizabeth. He was in such pain from
his claw-like toes that he had been seeing a podiatrist.
The Doctors tried several procedures to no avail. The
next step was surgery. After dragging him reluctantly
to his first visit Elizabeth, she was able to straighten
his toes out to near flat. I was amazed! His feet hadn’t
felt that good in years. All the other sessions after
have helped with not only his feet but also the lower
back problems he has had forever. We highly recommend
I have found that the firm
pressure of Rolfing helps me release emotions I am
holding onto in my body. It has helped me to have a
higher energy level and a better understanding of my
body. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking
for the missing link to improve circulation, posture,
and the inner spirit.
The best recommendation if you are interested in Structural Integration:
try a session!
Elizabeth may be reached at 260-1320. Her office is located at 51 East
100 South. Tell her you read about it in Moab Happenings!