STANDARDS OF PRACTICE
NOTE: The Standards of Practice are a statement of the principles underlying what is appropriate technique in the practice of Structural Integration- what it is and what it is not. The Guild for Structural Integration’s Code of Ethics governs the nature of relationships between Practitioner and client, Practitioner and colleague, and Practitioner and general public. These documents overlap in some respects; it is therefore well to refer to the Guild for Structural Integration’s Code of Ethics when reading the Guild for Structural Integration’s Standards of Practice.
The Ida P. Rolf method of Structural Integration is a cooperative venture between Practitioner and client defined primarily by intention rather than technique. Structural Integration is dedicated to the exploration of the concept that the human body has transformational potential for the total being.
Structural Integration observes that living bodies have accompanying energy fields and that shifts in the structure produce concomitant changes in these energy fields.
Structural Integration postulates that well-being manifests as a more ordered relationship between the energy fields of the body and the energy fields of the earth.
Structural Integration teaches that the structure of the body is supported and reinforced by the gravitational field of the earth. A change toward better function is evoked by establishing an improved dynamic relationship between the individual and gravity.
Structural Integration's concept of order manifests as dynamic symmetrical balance expressed around a vertical line of intention.
By freeing holding patterns created by unresolved history, Structural Integration allows the body to assume a more integrated form.
Structural Integration is primarily achieved through education, by releasing and reorganizing the myofascial network through the use of the hands and elbows with controlled pressure and direction.
The work is initiated by a standard series of ten sessions. This initial progression leads to a new level of integration which allows spontaneous continuing change to occur toward higher levels of function.
Progress toward balance maybe continued or accelerated beyond the ten sessions through further sessions of Structural Integration.
Practitioners of Structural Integration recognize that their personal embodiment of the structural and energy concepts of Structural Integration provide the foundation for their skill.
I. STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION IS A COOPERATIVE VENTURE BETWEEN PRACTITIONER AND CLIENT.
A. The Practitioner represents Structural Integration to the client in a manner that is consistent with the overall goals and intentions of Structural Integration.
B. It is the responsibility of the Practitioner to recognize the parameters of our process and to be sensitive to the client's rate of growth.
C. The Practitioner is sensitive to the amount of input a client can receive in each session and regulates the duration and intensity of the session accordingly.
D. The Practitioner clearly specifies to the client when other special talents and techniques are being used which are not considered Structural Integration.
E. Clients who are concurrently working with other health professionals are requested to notify them that they are working with a Practitioner of Structural Integration.
F. As part of the mutual agreement between Practitioner and client, the cost of the standard series of ten sessions is stated ahead of time. Structural Integration is paid for by the session rather than by the hour.
II. STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION IS PRIMARILY ACHIEVED THROUGH EDUCATION, BY RELEASING AND REORGANIZING THE MYOFASCIAL NETWORK THROUGH THE USE OF THE HANDS AND ELBOWS WITH CONTROLLED PRESSURE AND DIRECTION.
A. The Practitioner involves the client in the process by using contact that evokes responsible experimental change.
B. Using verbal and manual means of communication, the Practitioner works with the myofascial system in such a way that the body responds with improved order and efficiency.
C. It is not standard practice for the Practitioner of Structural Integration to use chemical or mechanical aids to manipulation.
D. The anus and vagina are never entered as part of the standard practice of Structural Integration.
III. STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION IS INITIATED BY A STANDARD SERIES OF TEN SESSIONS.
A. The series of ten sessions involves a progressive sequence toward the goal of integration and balance.
B. By following the outline of the standard series of ten sessions, Practitioners provide clarity and continuity for their clients, their colleagues, and the public.
C. A photographic record of our work is recommended for educational and evaluative purposes. The client may request before one and after ten photographs.
IV. PROGRESS TOWARD BALANCE MAY BE CONTINUED OR ACCELERATED BEYOND THE TEN SESSIONS THROUGH ADDITIONAL STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION SESSIONS.
A. Post-ten work is intended to reintegrate the balance of the tenth session. It may be done by any Practitioner of Structural Integration.
B. Advanced work is an accelerated means of evolving the tenth session form to a new level of organization and awareness. It may only be done by Practitioners of Structural Integration trained in the advanced work.
V. PRACTITIONERS OF STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION RECOGNIZE THAT THEIR PERSONAL EMBODIMENT OF THE STRUCTURAL AND ENERGY CONCEPTS OF STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION PROVIDE THE FOUNDATION FOR THEIR SKILL.
As Practitioners of the Ida Rolf method of Structural Integration, we recognize the challenge and importance of maintaining progress in our level of competence through professional development in classes and workshops as well as through attention to our own physical and personal process.