S.I. benefis people of all ages with varying
conditions, and can assist with:
recovery from surgery/injury
overall physical/spiritual health
The potential benefits from S.
I. vary widely since everyone is different, but many people have experienced:
- feeling lighter, taller
and more balanced
- better posture and improved stability
- greater energy and vitality
- reduced pain and discomfort
- increased range of motion
- movement with greater flexibility and ease
- increased confidence and self esteem
- personal growth; expanded awareness
- feeling more open, centered and connected
- a sense of well being
"No situation exists
in a human which a psychologist would diagnose as a feeling of insecurity
inadequacy unless it is accompanied by a
physical situation which bears witness to the fact
that gravitational support is inadequate."
-Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D.
While S. I. is primarily concerned with physical changes in the
body, the process can be an emotional and psychological one as well.
For instance, just as physical pain and limitations can take a toll
on our psychological well being, the reverse holds true; chronic emotional
states or traumatic events can become a patterned part of our physical
structure. Consequently, work on the body can often release feelings
and/or memories that have been held in the tissue. Furthermore, letting
go of emotions carried within the body often leads to a greater psychological
As form and function are reciprocal,
so are mind and body inseparable. The sprained ankle example mentioned
in the previous section can metaphorically illustrate the same compensatory
process that happens during stress on the psychological level. In this
case, an effort to avoid emotional re-injury or sensory overload might
lead someone to protect or use a crutch in order to find healing, stability
and balance at the psychological level. These experiences often re-emerge,
revealing a story as the physical layering of the body is uncovered.
Thus, it is difficult to imagine that after changing the structure of
a body, a person wouldn't understand themselves and the world differently.
"Body and mind are two sides of the same coin, and so the results
of working with the body reach into the emotional, behavioral, even
spiritual life of the individual."
Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D.
Many people have heard that S.I. is painful,
which may have been the case in its early days. Approaches now taken
by S.I. practitioners are more gentle, with the goal being to invite
changes rather than to force them. Also, levels of stored pain vary
from person to person as do degrees of sensitivity, and often times
an individual is unaware of a holding pattern until it is touched. It
is true that S.I. can be an intense process, and momentary discomfort
may accompany the release of tight places in the body. However, by working
with a body's natural rhythms, including breath and movement, results
can be comfortably achieved.
Fees generally range from $75 to $150, varying between cities and practitioners.
Sessions usually last between 60 and 90 minutes. Since the series is
a cumulative process, weekly appointments are suggested.