“Gravity is the therapist.” – Ida Rolf
The Rolf Method of Structural Integration is a system of ‘body re-education’ helping with chronic pain or decreased range of motion.
It frees the membranous layers of the body which adhere to each other after injury & years of poor posture. Over time the body compensates, muscles tighten, rotate, shorten to keep our eyes level with the horizon. Stiff, painful areas make daily activities hard work.
Once these layers are separated, aligned within Gravity,
there’s often an experience of increased energy, an ease of movement that hasn’t been experienced for a long time.
Certified in the Rolf Method of Structural Integration, Sharron studied at The Guild for Structural Integration with two of Ida Rolf’s students and her original concepts.
Equine Structural Integration
“Dance with the horse like dancing with someone you love-
there’s just you and he in the whole world.” -Buck Brannaman
Working with humans using the Rolf Method since 1995, Sharron began working with animals to understand ‘instinct’- information outside of words or linear dynamics.
The Rolf Method is not massage, it works more deeply, freeing up every layer of muscle throughout the horse’s body using the membrane system called “fascia” which surrounds muscles, nerves, bones, tendons and organs.
Fascia is a ‘net’ holding everything together as a unit- a web, strong and supple at the same time. When it is freed and realigned, a fluidity of movement returns that is the animal’s birthright.
Strains, injuries, muscle tension or scar tissue cause this ‘web’ of fascia to shorten and layers to adhere making it difficult for the horse to move with ease, and limiting range of motion. Over time, body-use patterns and compensations form, resticting movement or causing stiffness and pain.
If a horse cannot give you the lead you ask for or the reach and lightness of a jump, it isn’t being stubborn.
Muscle imbalances accumulate and how you may be using your body to communicate may be affecting the animal. Observing the horse’s alignment & structure, I then assist by separating layers of restrictions.
Then I watch… how do rider and horse sense and move with each other in their ‘dance’?