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Rolf Structural Integration in Santa Monica & Los Angeles, CA

Jon Stange - Certified SI Practitioner

Santa Monica Rolf Structural Integration - Inner Light Manual Therapy
Rolf Structural Integration
Massage Therapy
bodywork to help your body work

1137 2nd Street, Suite 117
Santa Monica, CA, 90403

310-924-1920
[email protected]

www.rolfsitherapy.com

*by appointment only
*credit cards accepted
*gift certificates available

Rolf Structural Integration

Rolf Structural Integration, is a method of bodywork that establishes an ordered and aligned relationship of all the body segments in the field of gravity. Gravity and the strong connective tissue fascia are intimately connected in the resilience of our posture and movement. Fascia is laid down in a multiple layered and directional fashion that creates an environment of balanced support within the skeletal structure. Because it is a network of tissue, any disruption to the body from accidents/injuries, postural weakness or stress, will ripple into the body and begin a distortion of joint function and muscle shortening as compensation. When this happens, we lose muscle length/strength or energy, fluidity of movement and vitality. Rolf Structural Integration works to release these harmful patterns through manual manipulation of the fascia and joint mobilization. We are trying to re-structure the body and improve the alignment of the joints which supports the body's vertical lift, one that isn't held up by forcing a postural pose but rather it's natural inclination toward balance.

The treatment follows a series of 10 sessions, each with a specific area of the body to be addressed. The process of Structural Integration can be challenging, there is firm contact during the sessions and some discomfort can be experienced. This is a brief moment of tissue change however, and the result can be a life without pain or stiffness. Your awareness and condition of health sometimes eludes the conscious mind, so we are trying to bring your attention to a most wonderful art form, the human body. The wisdom of Rolf Structural Integration is that we are revealing the life force and the innate healing mechanism that everyone possesses by freeing the body of strain and guiding the natural ordering of structure. It is physical therapy for the body and mind. The benefits from Rolf Structural Integration are: improved flexibility, muscular/skeletal pain relief, better breathing, better sports performance, efficient posture, faster accident/injury recovery, improved yoga practice and anti-aging.

Massage Therapy

In addition to structural bodywork, Inner Light Manual Therapy also offers healing and therapeutic massage modalities for optimum health & wellness. Massage Therapy is a great stand-alone practice in that it is highly versatile in scope, it can be used on anyone and it can also benefit many different health related practices like chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, yoga, pregnancy care, sports training and recovery, anti-aging and stress management. Massage Therapy has a "user-friendly" quality that will always yield a positive outcome, it can be soothing and relaxing or more vigorous and stimulating. Massage Therapy focuses on improving blood flow into and out of muscular tissue by applying light to medium pressure to the muscles in a rhythmic motion using the hands and arms. Our massage programs range from light, soothing Swedish massage to Deep Tissue massage which uses a firmer pressure to access the deep layers of muscular tension and improve joint range of motion.

About Jon Stange

I began my studies in bodywork in 1995 while living in the central coast of California. I started out learning basic Swedish massage therapy at the Central Coast School of Body Therapy near San Luis Obispo. After graduation I continued my education studying various forms of deep tissue massage, sports massage, clinical massage, post-pregnancy massage and Reflexology. In 2005 a colleague referred me to a course in Deep Tissue Structural Bodywork which was based on the paradigm developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D. The class was held at the Massage School of Santa Monica and taught by a man named Garnet Dupois. He was one of my most influential teachers and his knowledge, personality and expertise changed my life and work. His class led me to further explore this method of bodywork and in May of 2007 I enrolled at the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, CO. Some of Dr. Rolf's early graduates became instructors and continued to teach her original 10 session "recipe" developed as a teaching tool in the early days. I completed my training in February of 2008 as a certified Structural Integration practitioner and began a private practice in Santa Monica, CA. I am very fortunate to share my office with Harvey Ruderian, who was trained by Dr. Rolf in 1973. His work is legendary and the insights he shares are priceless pieces of history and expertise.

I'm also an avid endurance athlete and have competed in: Ironman events, marathons, ultra-marathons and open ocean paddle boarding. I grew up near the beach so I was always outdoors playing and getting a lot of exercise, and, as you can see not much has changed.


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