What is Rolfing® Structural Integration?
Named after its founder, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that re-organizes your posture and aligns every joint into neutral. The result is often a pain free, effortless and efficient body. Essentially, the Rolfing process enables the body to regain the natural integrity of its form, thus enhancing postural efficiency and your freedom of movement. (from rolf.org)
More than fifty years ago, Dr. Rolf recognized that the body is inherently a system of seamless networks of tissues rather than a collection of separate parts. These connective tissues surround, support and penetrate all of the muscles, bones, nerves and organs. Rolfing Structural Integration works on this web-like complex of connective tissues to release, realign and balance the whole body, thus potentially resolving discomfort, reducing compensations and alleviating pain. Rolfing SI aims to restore flexibility, revitalize your energy and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body.
Why YOU should get "Rolfed"
Rolfing Structural Integration has the ability to dramatically alter a person's posture and structure. Rolfing SI can potentialy resolve discomfort, release tension and alleviate pain.Rolfing SI aims to restore flexibility, revitalize your energy and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body. The genius of the work rests on Dr. Rolf’s insight that the body is more at ease and functions most effectively when its structure is balanced in gravity.
Athletes, dancers, children, business professionals, and people from all walks of life have benefited from Rolfing SI. People seek Rolfing SI as a way to ease pain and chronic stress, and improve performance in their professional and daily activities. It's estimated that more than 1 million people have received Rolfing work. Research has demonstrated that Rolfing SI creates a more efficient use of the muscles, allows the body to conserve energy, and creates more economical and refined patterns of movement. Research also shows that Rolfing SI significantly reduces chronic stress and changes in the body structure. For example, a study showed that Rolfing SI significantly reduced the spinal curvature of subjects with lordosis (sway back); it also showed that Rolfing SI enhances neurological functioning.
The one-of-a-kind Rolfing® 10 series
The hallmark of Rolfing Structural Integration is a standardized “recipe” known as the Ten-Series, the goal of which is to systematically balance and optimize both the structure (shape) and function (movement) of the entire body over the course of ten Rolfing sessions.
Each session focuses on freeing restrictions or holdings trapped in a particular region of the body. A practitioner also maintains a holistic view of the client’s entire system during each session, thus ensuring the transformational process evolves in a comfortable and harmonious way.
More information is available at rolf.org
- One session is $145 - $165
- Sessions are an hour long.
- Studio One members save 5% on Rolfing® sessions.
Meet the Studio One Rolfers
Elaine Rasher, Certified Rolfer, VASIE Pilates Senior Instructor
I have been at Studio One since its creation. In the fall of 2000, I seized the opportunity to become Pilates instructor and began my training. With my certification completed by May 2001, I began teaching private lessons and group classes. I have been inspired and challenged every day since.
I enjoy teaching challenging workouts that focus on the basics of strong, flexible feet, inner thighs, and abs. The rest of my week is split between my Rolfing practice and teaching Pilates for Structural Integration via private PFSI sessions. The combination of Pilates and Rolfing means that I can address a client's postural needs much more efficiently and effectively.
Ed Toal, LMT, Certified Rolfer™
Ed Toal has been a Certified Rolfer™ since 1997. Originally from New Jersey, Ed Moved to Alaska in 1999 to raise his children, who are now almost grown. In addition to being a Certified Rolfer for 20 years, Ed also studied Craniosacral Therapy at Colorado Cranial Institute in 1996 and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. Ed studied Biodynamic Cranial through a tutorial with Bill Harvey in 1999 and studied Visceral Manipulation with Liz Gaginni in 2001. For 12 years, Ed worked as a Certified Rolfer for the Bush Community of Cordova, Alaska.
"I didn't expect Rolfing Structural Integration to work. I had endured 20 years of chronic pain, and nothing else had worked. When a friend told me that Rolfing cured her chronic pain from a vehicle crash, I decided to give it a try. Boy! Was I surprised! After Ed Toal did the whole 10-series, my body was just different. I have way less pain and way more function than I ever hoped I would have again. I feel better than I have since I was a teenager!"
-- Clay, Master Sergeant (Ret.), USAF
Tammy Smith, Certified Rolfer, VASIE Pilates Senior Instructor
I came to Studio One as a client back in November of 2009, choosing to take my boot camp in the midst of moving my household across town and planning and coordinating a church bazaar, because heck, I could fit it in. But it wasn't stress that brought me to the studio (surprisingly enough). Instead, I wanted to realign my posture to what it had been before I moved to Alaska.
Then an opportunity opened up in the spring of 2010 to become an instructor – which I thoroughly enjoy!!! Over the years, I have had the good fortune of working with both staff and clients during my time with Studio One. I look forward to continuing to provide quality service as a Certified Rolfer and Instructor to our Studio One and Spine and Joint clients.
Lacie Wortham, LMT, Certified Rolfer™, NASM-CPT
I was born and raised in Kenai, located in south central Alaska. I attended Fort Lewis College and Pacific Lutheran University where I studied Exercise Science and Athletic Training. As a way of helping others acquire a greater state of health and overall well-being, I decided to pursue a career as a Rolfer. I graduated from the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in the spring of 2013 and later obtained my personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
My passion first arose at the age of 15 when I sought Rolfing for a sports related injury. Not only did it help me quickly overcome that injury, it also improved my athletic performance and allowed me to remain healthy and pain-free. Since then, my passion for this work has continued to grow. I strive to help people feel better in their bodies and thus improve their overall quality of life.
"I have been receiving treatments from Lacie for a few months now, and can't speak highly enough about her abilities. Lacie is knowledgeable, experienced, and professional. Give Lacie a challenge, and she'll work out an integrated treatment plan across muscle groups. The range of motion in my neck and back is better than it has been in years. Lacie has really put me back together. I'm running, swimming, and boxing without multiple week recovery times. It's nice to be able to function again."
Bruce Nelson, LMT, Certified Rolfer™, CAMT
Bruce Nelson is a Certified Advanced Rolfer®, a Berry Method® Practitioner, a Licensed Massage Therapist, a Reiki Master. Bruce is Certified in Advanced Myofascial Techniques and is an Instructor for Advanced-Trainings.com's Advanced Myofascial Techniques series.
Bruce has lived in Eagle River, AK since 1979. The importance of family and community have always been close to his heart. After a 24 year career in plumbing and heating, his devotion to self-care and helping others has led him to a career in the healing arts.
Bruce is known for a keen focus in overall body wellness supported by a trinity of clear, compassionate, and a community minded teaching style. As an individual and teacher he is a holistic adventure seeking student of the world. He has been a participant, fundraiser and coach with Leukemia Lymphoma Society since 2003.
Broadening his horizons, Bruce attended Vasie™ Pilates Teacher Training in 2018. Understanding the theory behind Studio One classes allows a merging of modalities. His innovative approach to bodywork provides a relaxing, invigorating session as well as the expert technical support to help you achieve a healthier and happier life.
Brett Linder, Certified Advanced Rolfer™, Certified Rolf Movement® Practitioner, CAMT
Brett Thomson Linder is a Certified Advanced Rolfer and Rolf Movement Practitioner in the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration’s Teacher Training Program. He is a firm believer in the Rolfing process and manual therapy as an awakening of the body and mind that can relieve discomfort, release tension and alleviate pain, creating more economical and refined patterns of movement and leaving patients feeling more comfortable in their body. He is also a Certified Advanced Myo-Fascial Release Practitioner and Certified Cranial Sacral Practitioner.
After years of recovering from injuries and looking for a long-lasting way to remain healthy and pain-free, Brett discovered Rolfing and went through a 10 series – 10 sessions of tissue and structural bodywork. By going through this process, Brett’s physical health and appearance improved, and so did his confidence and emotional well-being. Believing strongly in the positive impact of Rolfing, he then went on to intensively study Rolfing at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado.
Brett offers not only hands-on structural integration work, but subtle coordinative, energetic, and perceptual work to help patients reacquaint themselves with their body by reducing, if not eliminating, aches, pains, and limitations in their daily lives. Brett is also an Instructor working towards Faculty at the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® in Boulder, Colorado.
Paul Van Alstine - currently not taking new clients.
Ana Kokaurova - currently not taking new clients.