Rolfing® Structural Integration



Rolfing SI is a form of bodywork, client education, and awareness. It addresses the fascia, a type of connective tissue. Fascia permeates the entire body like a bodysuit and its role is to support and differentiate muscle tissue, bones, internal organs, and nerves. When we are injured, hurt, or develop bad postural habits, adhesions are formed and it ultimately affects the body's overall efficiency. Movement is then restricted or limited, and pain or dysfunction develops.

Imagine driving your car and you hit a pothole. After driving around with the tires in misalignment and out of balance, this eventually leads to uneven tire tread and fuel inefficiency. The little boy symbol below represents the body's misalignment over time and how Structural Integration reorganizes and restructures the body around "the line of the spine" and within gravity. Realigning the blocks to create balance. One of the main goals of SI is to free adhesions and realign the fascia so that movement is less restricted and the body is operating more efficiently, with ease.

Benefits of Rolfing® SI:

  • Increase body awareness and movement

  • Decrease chronic pain, including back pain

  • Create long-lasting structural change

  • Increase athletic performance, flexibility 

       and coordination

  • Provide headache/migraine relief

  • Treat sciatica

  • Give an overall sense of well-being

  • Improve energy levels and stamina

Structural bodywork therapy in Durham, NC at Bull City Soles

A Pioneer

Dr. Ida P. Rolf (1896-1979) developed Rolfing® Structural Integration(SI) theory and practice out of a quest for alternative solutions to personal and family health issues. The limitations of modern medicine and her desire for more led her to explore manipulation and other alternative healing forms such as yoga, osteopathy, chiropractic, and Alexander techniques. Ida Rolf used her combined knowledge of science, a Ph.D. in biochemistry, scientific work in organic chemistry, and alternative therapies to develop a soft tissue manipulation and movement education system that we now call Rolfing® SI. In 1971, she founded the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Today, it is the main headquarters and the only school in the US that certifies Rolfers®, promotes research, and public education about Rolfing®, fascia, and soft tissue manipulation. There are additional international offices in Europe, Brazil, Canada, and Japan.

Rolfing SI® versus Massage

Rolfing Structural Integration(SI) may seem similar to massage in several ways, but in the end, the goals, results, and integration of SI set it apart from massage.  Both Massage Therapy and Rolfing can be used to loosen tight muscles, reduce stress, treat injuries and provide relaxation, but Rolfing's primary goal is to bring the body into balance and realign the body for long-term results. These sessions are also different than a massage in that the client participates in the sessions with movement and breath instead of just relaxing on the table. Inappropriate movement patterns that lead to dysfunction are addressed and corrected. This process creates ownership and empowerment for clients to take control of their physical and mental health. 


During a Rolfing session, the client usually wears their underwear or other appropriate clothing such as 2 piece bathing suit for women. We discourage racerback sports bras or T - back bras as they cover the mid-thoracic region, so a regular bra is preferred. For men: briefs, NOT boxers, or comfortable clothing that doesn't restrict movement and allows work on upper legs, hips, and midback.  


Another difference between Rolfing and massage is the use of massage creme or oil. Rolfing uses little to no oil or creme because the absence of lubrication allows the therapist to manipulate layers of fascia instead of just gliding over the tissue. 

Rolfing in Durham NC

The Rolfing® SI has a 10-Series. The goal of these sessions is to systematically balance the structure and function of the entire body by freeing restrictions/adhesions with sustained pressure, breathwork, and sometimes movement. Eachs session has a functional goal, focusing on a targeted area and/or regions of the body, and works toward establishing more effective relationships within the body between the body and its environment.  By addressing the body in this systematic manner, the body is balanced within gravity from top to bottom, side to side, front to back, and inside to outside.


The frequency of sessions can range from once per week to every four weeks, depending on the individual and their needs. Once the Series work is complete, you may never feel the need to get another SI session, or you may choose to come back for "tune-ups". There is also an additional 3 or 5 series that works to address more specific goals. Schedule a free consult to see if Rolfing would be a good fit for you.

Julie Marciniak

Certified Advanced Rolfer®

60 minutes $140

90 minutes $205

Not accepting new clients
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Dear Julie,


"I've been thinking of all the ways in which Rolfing has changed me! I stand taller, with shoulders more open and wide, my step more balanced as I walk. My head moves more easily and I have become a "bobble-head" with more range of motion as I turn my head.


I love to sing and my breath is now deeper and effortless. I feel like there is more space inside to breathe deeper. And-- I am able to reach four higher notes than I could a year ago!


I had not even noticed how much my sense of smell had diminished in recent years until I drove home from a session with you and I could smell the outdoor air. I was now able to catch the scent of wild roses in bloom which I had missed this year. Honeysuckle! I can smell it walking past instead of having to try really hard to catch the scent close up.


The most amazing result is that the changes from each Rolfing session are lasting. There is no feeling two weeks later that we have to do it all again.


I will continue to come for "well-baby" sessions. Thank you for all you do to straighten out our world."


Personal letter from Jane

"Julie is an outstanding therapist. She is passionate about her work, has a unique skill set and has been responsive to my needs. I completed the 10 session Rolfing series with Julie and appreciate that she is skilled in not only using her hands, but also her feet when needed. By also using her feet, she has the strength needed for working with larger parts the body/muscles groups, is able to preserve her energy and has extra resources to better manipulate tissue. Sessions also include behavioral/lifestyle counseling regarding movement patterns to better serve the body. Through manual therapy, as well as movement coaching, Julie helped me retrain myself to stop inappropriately recruiting upper back and shoulder muscles for breathing and instead use my diaphragm and abdomen for deeper, more effective breathing. The results are less upper back and shoulder pain (improved quality of life) because the origin of the issue was identified and resolved and this has been sustained through the movement pattern change. Thank you, Julie!" 

Google Review Natalie T

"Julie is a delight. She is the consummate professional. As a Rolfer myself, I was very excited to find Julie and receive her style of bodywork. She easily finds your problem areas and resolves them as much as possible within a session. Her work is long lasting. She pays attention to all aspects of her working environment which makes your experience all the better. I highly recommend Julie for general bodywork or for specific and chronic problem areas."

Google Review Becky H

"I started seeing Julie, at my massage therapist's (repeated!!) suggestion for Rolfing. It has made an incredible impact on my body! I broke my ankle over 18 years ago and due to not ever having PT my ankle didn't flex much. After working with Julie I am able to achieve more flexion in the ankle and use my left leg better! So much so my riding instructor was amazed at how I could now actually use my left leg effectively in my riding!"​

Google Review Missy F

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