Lisa McCrea
Registered Massage Therapist
Certified Advanced ROLF Method
Structural Integration

19101 St. Andrew's Road
Caledon, ON L7K 2E4
Tel: 519-702-0354
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ROLF Method: Frequently Asked Questions

Is Structural Integration Painful?

I am a soft Practitioner. I have worked many years to develop a soft touch that is effective in releasing the fascias of the body. I do not believe it is necessary to be painful in order to elicit a release in fascial restrictions. I prefer to listen to the body and allow change to happen, to invite release. I believe strongly in the body’s ability to self correct. Give it the right information and it will change. If you listen to the body ... it tells you where to go. Developing that listening skill comes with my dedicated intention and years of experience. There may be some discomfort when an area has been under stress for a chronic period of time, but I am able to modify my touch to the individual’s level of comfort.

What Do I Wear During A Session?

"Viewing clothes" are worn during your session of SI. For women, that could be yoga shorts and a sports bra, bra and underwear, or 2 piece bathing suit. For men; underwear, cycling shorts or fitted shorts for men. The material needs to have stretch. Shorts need to be short length.

What Is Fascia?

Diagram of fascia and skeletal muscle
Fascia is a connective tissue of the body. It is the support structure that interconnects the body from head to toe. For example: if you look at a piece of chicken and look at the cellophane-like tissue that connects the meat to the bone ... that’s fascia and it is everywhere in the body. It surrounds all the structures: muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, arteries, veins, organs, and nerves. The layers of fascia should glide on each other. With injuries and chronic stress on this system, the layers adhere and stick to each other, altering free movement and optimal function.

What Is The Basic 10 Series?

The Basic 10 Series is the process that a person goes through in order to create an organized structure from a random one. It is a methodology rather than a technique. Each session has a focus with one session building on the next in order to create a better relationship to gravity. Theories of movement, proper function, form and “the Line” are all a part of this work.

Am I Covered By My Extended Health Benefits?

If you have coverage for Registered Massage Therapy then that coverage will apply to Structural Integration. I am a Registered Massage Therapist so this work falls within my licensing.

What Is The Difference Between Massage & Structural Integration/Rolfing®?

Massage Therapy provides relief from muscle tension, pain reduction, relaxation and increased circulation.

Structural Integration changes the structure of the body to correct the sources of tension and pain. It encourages the body to find new ways to organize and balance itself. Structural Integration aligns and balances the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia. As fascia is lengthened it allows the muscles to move more efficiently. The practitioner will apply pressure to the body, working the entire fascial system in a systematic way. When restricted fascia is released and lengthened the body can return to its structurally optimal position.

Why Does Structural Integration Help?

The continual pull of gravity, the stress of daily activities and physical injuries can pull the body out of alignment. The fascia gradually shortens, tightens and adjusts to compensate for the misalignment. When the body is out of alignment it creates inefficiency and imbalance resulting in stiffness, discomfort and loss of energy.

When a body is aligned and balanced it moves with greater ease. It requires less energy to function. Good posture is effortless and breathing is easier. The body becomes more flexible, more coordinated and athletic performance improves.

What Age Can Benefit?

Any and all ages! There isn’t really an age restriction. I have a particular interest in helping children. Children don’t have the layering that adults have ... so I modify the work and often combine sessions until I am satisfied they are balanced. Usually 3 to 5 sessions will do for a child under 10 years and up to 12 years old, depending on the child and the situation. Adults of all ages can benefit!

Does Structural Integration Last?

Yes! Positive changes have been shown in photographs taken years after receiving the Basic 10 Series. A person tends to be more resilient to stress and illness after having the SI work. More work may be needed with any injuries, accidents, lengthy illnesses or emotional stress. However, once a person has been integrated, it doesn’t take much to wake that up again in the body. For this reason, some people may choose to receive post 10 work. This can be a tuneup of a session as needed or a series of 3 to 5 sessions. Some may choose to do the 10 series again.

“Rolfing is an ongoing process that continues long after the work has been completed” - Dr. Ida P. Rolf

Is There A Difference Between Structural Integration & Rolfing®?

The only difference in my training is the name and the school I attended. Dr. Ida P. Rolf preferred the name Structural Integration. “Rolfing®” and “Rolfer®” are terms coined by her students at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Those terms have since been trademarked by the Rolf Institute. I have been fortunate to learn SI from my teachers, Peter Melchior and Emmett Hutchins, who are dedicated to the original teachings of Dr. Rolf, at the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado.

Note: It is important to have Rolfing® or Structural Integration work from a graduate of one of the 20 approved schools. To see if your practitioners school is approved, visit

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