A combined therapy of Structural Integration, Yoga and Corrective Movement to help you achieve higher functionality and ease of movement.
What is Structural Integration?
Rolf Structural Integration is a type of bodywork that focuses on the connective tissue, or fascia, of the body. Fascia surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, organs, and nerves, binding some structures together while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other.
Fascia is designed to be elastic and move freely with muscles and bones. Injury, stress, work-related repetitive movements and the effects of aging can cause fascia to lose its elasticity and become shorter, tighter, and more dense. Tightened fascia pulls our muscles and skeleton out of proper alignment and posture, which can cause pain, discomfort, and fatigue.
Structural Integration works to lengthen, stretch, and soften this tissue to restore postural balance, ease of movement, and a feeling of being more at home in your own body. It is practiced in an organized series of sessions or individual sessions within a framework that is designed to restore postural balance by aligning and integrating the body in gravity.
WHO comes in
WHO comes in
People of all ages for a wide range of reasons!
Neck and head injury
Shoulder and rotator dysfunction
Carpal tunnel syndrome
The Ten series
Traditionally the therapy is performed in a series of 10 sessions.
I recommend that you try between 1 and 3 sessions to determine if it is of benefit to you. It is perfectly acceptable to try 1 to 3 sessions without continuing on in the ten series However, after the 4th session I ask people commit to the series.
The first few sessions are called the “sleeve” sessions and have the primary goal of loosening and balancing the surface layers of connective tissue.
These sessions are called the “core” sessions and are focused on examining the area between the bottom of the pelvis and the top of the head, as well as the deep tissue of the legs.
The last three sessions are about putting the individual parts back together into a better functioning whole. By adding corrective movement into a newly opened structure we expand our movement choices increasing our mobility and well-being.
Jessa Zinn is a Structural Integrator in the Rolf Method. She began her studies in 2001 under the guidance of Advanced Certified Rolfer, Marcelo Countinho and did her certification at the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado. Additionally she has trained with Tom Myers, Jan Sultan and Bruce Schonfeld.
Since 2002 Jessa has studied anatomy, muscle harmony and postural assessment with neuro-muscular movement specialist Irene Dowd. Her understanding of the body has been profoundly informed by her cadaver studies with Gil Hedley and Tom Myers.
She is also trained and certified in Neurokinetic Therapy with Dr, Kathy Dooley who she continues to study with.
Jessa has been a yoga teacher specializing in its therapeutic application since 1999. She trained in pilates with Kelly Kane at the Kane School in 2004. She also trained in the Melt Method with Sue Hitzmann.
Her movement background and knowledge of biomechanics greatly informs her Structural Integration practice. She works with clients of all ages who seek out Structural Integration for a wide variety of concerns from chronic pain to improved athletic performance to interest in the 10-series as a tool for personal growth.