Health & Well-being
- July 2006
Elizabeth Lamoureux, LLC
Certified Rolf Practitioner
Rolf Method of Structural Integration -
Change the way you move through the World
by Amy Krueger
Have you ever…
*felt like you had cement blocks for feet?
*thought your body seemed crooked?
*been frustrated with injuries or chronic pain that won’t
*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
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
People often experience SI through a series of ten sessions,
known as “the 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:
Elizabeth’s 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
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.
When 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 Elizabeth.
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!
“This is the gospel of Rolfing:
When the body gets working appropriately, the force of
gravity can flow through. Then, spontaneously, the body
-Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D.
“I think Rolfing can be
a great way to get more in touch with your body and change
long-standing problems of bad posture and chronic pain
(like back pain). It can also release repressed emotions
as well as dissipate habitual muscle tension.”
-Andrew Weil, M.D.
Elizabeth may be reached at 260-1320. Her office is located
at 51 East 100 South. Tell her you read about it in Moab