Integration as education

You may have heard that the 10-series of structural integration is an educational process. Practitioners of other forms of body work,  energy work and medicine tend not to use the term” education” to describe their outcome. Why might that be the case? Here is what Dr. Ida P. Rolf said about comparing therapy to education, from her book Rolfing and Physical Reality.

This is an important concept: that practitioners are integrating something; we are not restoring something. This puts us in a different class from all other therapists that I know of. It takes us out of the domain designated by the word “therapy,” and puts us in the domain designated by the word “education.” It puts our thinking into education: how can we use these ideas behind Structural Integration? How do we put a body together so that it’s a unit, an acting, energy efficient unit? One of the differences between Structural Integration Practitioners and practitioners of medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, etc., is that the latter are all relieving symptoms. They make no effort to put together elements into a more efficient energy system.

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