Ida Rolf History

Here’s a great video from Tom Meyers on the early days of Ida Rolf.

Foam rolling is not fascial release!

I’m so glad that someone has finally agreed with what I’ve been saying for many years and they’ve produced a video explaining how foam rollers and Graston Technique is not affecting the fascia in the way they claim. Those modalities may still be effective for what they do but they don’t change fascia the way Structural Integration does.


Finally! Research shows the importance of Fascia!

Scientific research is being done that shows the advantages of working with Fascia!

This video is 32 minutes long but well worth it if you’re interested in Structural Integration (aka Rolfing), Yoga, Acupuncture, massage, health, fitness or have any kind of body pain. It’s in German but has English subtitles.

10 Ways to Improve Your Posture

Saw this article and thought it was pretty good.  Too bad they don’t mention massage or especially Structural Integration although they do mention yoga a couple of times.

10 Ways to Improve Your Posture

Fascial News

I saw an article by John Barnes where he talks about how fascia is far more complex and important than previously thought. Here’s the link and some excerpts:

The Myofascial Release Perspective

The following quotes are from Carol Davis, D.P.T., Ed.D., M.S., F.A.P.T.A., editor of a book titled, Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation: Evidence for Efficacy in Therapy, Prevention, and Wellness, (3rd Edition) 1 ( Davis has been researching the latest articles about fascia, as well as some previously published information, for an update of her chapter on myofascial release for a well-known neurological textbook to which she has contributed.

* Fascia turns out to be far more complex and far more involved in the moment to moment function of all our cells, and is intricately involved with the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous system tissue. It is no longer useful to view the body or the fascial system as a mechanical system alone. Nonlinear system dynamics are at work as we now understand the involvement of fascia with the neuroendrocrine system, the brain and the neurological plexus in the lining of organs like the stomach and gut.

Fascia must be viewed by practitioners and patients not as a static, but as enervated, alive, functional, fluid and self-regulatory. Involving the patient or client in the process of manipulation of fascia and its embedded tissue enhances the response of the tissue and the patient. (Schleip R. Fascial plasticity–a new neurobiological explanation. J. Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 2003;7(2): 104-116.)

Mycelium Running

A client was just telling me how the network of a mushroom’s roots reminds her of fascia.  I’d have to say that I agree.  Especially in how both have been misunderstood, ignored and only recently are attitudes changing so that we are learning about the value of each.  Read more at: Mycelium Running