and Energy Medicine
By Jean Louise Green
I’ve been a lifelong seeker and connector of dots and I am so grateful to have found structural integration. I rate it as one of my top three life experiences. Not only does it give me a comfortable body to live in, it has also provided me with a profession that offers constant meaningful connection with people. I hear words such as “I almost feel reborn! I am in awe! These muscles are moving again!” Experiences like this happen daily on STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION tables around the world.
For decades, I’ve studied this bodywork in its depth and subtlety. STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION and Energy Medicine: A Handbook of Advanced Bodywork is the culmination of my years of experience as a practitioner and recipient of structural integration. This book is laced with stories of people I’ve worked with and how their bodies and lives have changed as a result. It is also filled with wisdom of many master teachers, particularly Dr. Ida P. Rolf.
Despite the fact that STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION is done in a series of 10 sessions, there is only so much time to address the physical body and educate the client. So I rose to the call to create this practical STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION handbook. My intention was to capture the brilliance of Dr. Rolf’s ideas and present the nuts and bolts of her work in a way that would become a guide for both clients and practitioners.
I’m also excited to share my energetic experience of the LINE. Dr. Rolf said that gravity could become a beneficial force. What exactly did she mean by that? I have quested deeply around those words. I challenge practitioners, clients, and other bodyworkers to experience the energetic aspect of the LINE in a way that might be new to them.
An Owner’s Manual
I liken this book to an owner’s manual for the body. We live in a gravitational field and what the structure of our bodies is doing in relation to that field matters! During my training to become a practitioner, I had one of those life-changing Rolfing/SI experiences. I felt the support of the Earth in an entirely new way. When my pelvis was restored to its natural horizontal position, my body dropped into the support of the Earth and I sensed a lift moving up through my body. I could sit, stand, kneel, and run comfortably again. No longer was my body struggling against gravity. This experience of the power of alignment in a relaxed body is one of the many wonderful possibilities of structural integration.
When biophysicist James Oschman first read my manuscript, he commented, “I really like what I am reading. You have captured the essence of Rolfing/SI in a clear way that I have not seen before. I have needed this book for a long time. It is delicious!” In his foreword for the book, he followed up with “An awareness of the concepts presented in this book can benefit anyone, and can also enhance the work of all health care practitioners. The reason for such a bold claim is simple: all healing methodologies and practices affect anatomical balance, whether or not one realizes or intends it. The mechanism: all of the systems in the body are interconnected. Bringing balance to any one system affects all of the others.”
This book is designed for practitioners and clients of structural integration/Rolfing. It will also be of service to a wide range of bodywork professionals such as myofascial release therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, craniosacral therapists, certified massage therapists, reflexologists, and yoga and Pilates instructors. Readers will be introduced to an advanced understanding of the effects of the gravitational pull on the body and the structural and energetic aspects of structural integration.
An Educational Handbook
STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION and Energy Medicine provides clients with a handbook that will help maximize the benefits of their STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION process. Part I includes an introduction to Dr. Ida P. Rolf, the energetics of the LINE, and information on connective tissue and the emerging science around it. Part II includes illustrations that detail each of the 10 sessions and their psychoemotional Hellerwork theme. Part III provides support tools to minimize putting stress and strain back into the body. They include the role of nutrition, electromagnetic healing devices, meditation, and the five Tibetan yogic exercises.
Readers are introduced to the principles of structural integration, its history and founder, and why it matters. Difficult concepts, such as the LINE, rotation patterns, and the torus are expressed clearly and simply. Practitioners will expand their knowledge and learn to articulate these concepts for their clients. The general public may find answers for health challenges through this systematic, yet personalized, hands-on approach to healing.
This book explains how rotation patterns contribute to pain, and how correcting them may eliminate the need for hip and knee replacements. When the body’s structure is optimally aligned, gravity can flow through and become a beneficial force. Pain, inflammation, and degeneration may be reduced. Likewise, mental clarity and the flow of energy in the body may become enhanced.
Pioneers such as Dr. Rolf, and the many excellent teachers and practitioners influenced by her work, know how malleable the body/mind really are. The general public is learning what is possible through the complementary healing arts. It is a privilege to share my contribution of this deep body wisdom with people across the world. Thank you.
STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION and Energy Medicine
By Jean Louise Green
ISBN: 978-1-62055-978-3 (inner Traditions, 2019)
Jean Louise Green’s willingness to share how Structural Integration has affected her and her clients’ lives is a beautiful expression of what can happen when your tissues are enlivened. Through her insightful words Green invites you to explore, appreciate, and enjoy the energy field we live in. She shares stories from her practice of many years and gives resources for practical application to embody. Whether you are a Structural Integration practitioner, a Structural Integration client, or a soon-to-be client, this book is a wonderful reference along your journey.
Amber Leigh Burnham, vice president of the International Association of Structural Integrators
Book release party 2-5pm, Sunday, March 31 at Chico Women’s Club.