The Rolf Method takes a holistic approach to improving your quality of life through your body. By realigning your body and re-educating your movement patterns, you can reduce or completely alleviate chronic pain issues, increase flexibility, and have more energy.
The Rolf Method often allows clients to reduce or eliminate their dependence on expensive or time consuming maintenance programs they were on with chiropractors, massage or just gritting their teeth through aches and pains.
In 1994, Ryan fell while climbing in Ogden Canyon, UT and broke his sacrum. Just a few months later that same year, Ryan was in a serious car accident that forced him into a medically induced coma for six days. During Ryan's stay in the hospital and for several months after, he was doing physical, occupational, speech and psychological therapies with minimal success. Desperate for relief, Ryan had his first massage session and knew he had a calling.
In 2001 Ryan met Gypsy Cloud, a certified Rolf practitioner, and decided to give Rolf work a try. All other forms of therapy had not helped alleviate the long-lasting effects of his accidents in 1994, but Rolf work presented life changing effects. After completing his first ten series, the chronic headache he had been dealing with for seven years had completely disappeared! It was then that Ryan knew he was destined to be a Rolf practitioner.
Ryan enrolled in the Massage Therapy course at the Utah College of Massage Therapy in Salt Lake City, UT in 1996 and graduated with his certification in June of 1997. The next year Ryan moved to Jackson Hole, WY where he practiced until he moved to Colorado in 2008.
Ryan has been practicing the Rolf method of Structural Integration since 2011. He went to school at the Guild of Structural Integration in Boulder, CO. Ryan studied under advanced practitioners Jeff Linn and Amber Burnham and he takes continuing education classes annually. Ryan's provides massage therapy in Longmont and he also practices the Rolf Method in Longmont.
Ryan is a certified yoga teacher and teaches classes at Full Circle Yoga.
60 minute massage - $55
90 minute massage - $80
Massage modalities - Swedish to deep tissue
Rolf session - $90 per session
Package Pricing - $800 for 10 Series if pre-paid by the end of the 3rd session. Save $100!
When completing a 10 Series,
Ryan recommends you have a tune-up session in 4-6 weeks
for maximum effect.
"This is the gospel of Structural Integration; When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through. Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself."
- Ida P. Rolf
"I have been Ryan’s client for 10 years. Simply put — He is THE BEST! I have been doing body work for over 30 years and I have been to many good practitioners. Ryan has kept my body strong, healthy, and young. I can honestly say that I am in better condition now than I was 20 years ago." - Patty M.
"Prior to going to Restructure Rolfwork and Massage I could barely move, as I have advanced arthritis in my left hip. People would actually wince when they saw me walk. After working with Ryan for 1 session my family and I are astounded at my ability to move. Ryan is, for a lack of a better description, an answer to prayer in my life. I am really looking forward to the remaining sessions!!! The Nike motto applies here, if you are on the fence, just do it."
~ Laura M.
"Ryan Is a very insightful and professional Rolfing professional. He worked wonders on my back and other areas that were hurting. I would recommend his service for anyone looking to cure aches and pains."
~ Jeff H.
"Amazing experience. So helpful. Very talented and wise."
~ Heather A.
" Really great experience. This was my first time trying Rolf work and I hope to be able to continue. I highly recommend trying it out! Highly skilled, and knowledgeable practitioner, that makes you feel comfortable and teaches you more about your body."
~ Paula S.
"Most people associate rolfing with pain and discomfort, but Ryan at Restructure Rolfwork proves that this is not the case. Ryan is extremely knowledgeable about the human body and he is skilled at creating positive changes to body mechanics without inducing pain. I feel rejuvenated after each session."
~ Kay J.
"Ryan is great. I've been in and out of physical therapy for years due to some old injuries. I was regularly getting chiropractic work and massage therapy to manage my discomfort, yet nothing seemed to work to the extent I needed.
Ryan was recommended to me by a friend and it's been life changing. A pain I had experienced for 12+ years went completely away for the first time! Ryan is thorough, exceptionally intuituve and highly talented. I highly recommend him if you are considering giving rolfing a try."
~ Cassie B.
What is the difference between massage and structural integration?
Massage is designed to help temporarily relax your muscles, ease pain and increase the flow of blood and oxygen.
Structural Integration is a scientifically validated body therapy. Unlike massage, Structural Integration focuses not on the muscles but on the fascia (also known as connective tissue). The fascia surrounds the muscles, bones and organs in the body. 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. When restricted fascia is released and lengthened, the body can return to its structurally optimal position. It requires less energy to function and old pain patterns may disappear or greatly diminish. The body becomes more flexible, more coordinated and athletic performance improves.
What is a Rolfing or Structural Integration session like?
At the beginning of the first session the client completes a health questionnaire and spends some time speaking with their practitioner about the goals and intentions as applied to their unique situation and structure. The practitioner will observe the client as they stand, walk and complete other general movements. The client will then lie on a massage table so the practitioner can work with their body. The practitioner will apply pressure to the body, working the entire fascial system in a systematic way.
Clients will actively participate in each session; they will often be asked to breathe into the area being worked on or to make small, specific movements. During the session the client may experience a warm, pleasant sensation from the area that the practitioner is working with. Some individuals do not experience any sensation, while others may experience momentary discomfort.
The practitioner will apply the appropriate pressure, based on the client’s needs and feedback. During most of the sessions the practitioner will help the client to become aware of habitual patterns of movement and imbalances in their body and will help them work toward making changes in these patterns in their daily life.
What should I wear for my appointment?
Male clients receive work in underwear or a swimsuit. Women typically wear a two-piece swimsuit or full coverage bra and underwear.
Blankets are available to be placed over areas of the body not being worked on.
I’ve heard Rolfing hurts. What is it really like?
It’s kind of like massage, but not really like massage at all. Pain is the body’s resistance to change. While Rolfing can be uncomfortable at times, most clients say that the discomfort is temporary and no worse than a deep tissue massage.
How many sessions should I plan to attend?
Structural Integration is performed in ten sessions, commonly known as a ten-series. Sessions are approximately one hour in length. Each session builds upon the last until complete integration of the body is achieved. The process of Structural Integration includes balancing the body in segments and achieving vertical alignment by balancing the body from front to back, side to side, top to bottom and inside to outside. Many clients try the first three sessions to determine if Structural Integration works for their needs.
How do you describe a ten-series?
Throughout a ten-series, movement exercises may be recommended to be completed at home. These exercises support the work being done during your sessions.
Note: All sessions include some neck, back and/or pelvic work.
What should I expect after I complete a ten-series?
Your body will continue to incorporate changes for up to 6 months after your 10th session. After you complete a ten-series, you may need 1-5 “tune up” sessions over time depending on your body’s needs. Some people opt to complete a ten-series again at other points in their life.
Structural Integration is a very personal process. It is important to remember that because no two people are alike, their experience and the benefits will not be the same. As a result of the process people often appear taller and slimmer. Some actually gain anywhere from 1/4” to over 1 inch in height. Feelings of discomfort or pain are often alleviated. Other benefits may include greater flexibility, a feeling of lightness and fluidity, better balance, increased breathing capacity, increased energy and greater self-confidence.
What if I can’t commit to a ten-series now?
While you will experience more impact through a ten-series, you can still benefit from a Rolfing session. It’s ideal to not go more than 3 weeks between sessions, but sometimes that just doesn’t work for clients. In those cases we work at your pace. You will still experience changes in your body, just at a much slower pace!
My shoulder/back/leg hurts. Can you just work on that?
Structural integration focuses on the overall body, so sessions do not focus on particular “problem” areas.
Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D. May 19, 1896 – March 19, 1979
Ida P. Rolf, a native New Yorker, graduated from Barnard College in 1916; in 1920 she earned a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. For the next twelve years Ida Rolf worked at the Rockefeller Institute, first in the Department of Chemotherapy and later in the Department of Organic Chemistry. Eventually, she rose to the rank of Associate, no small achievement for a young woman in those days. In 1927, she took a leave of absence from her work to study mathematics and atomic physics at the Swiss Technical University in Zurich. During this time, she also studied homeopathic medicine in Geneva.
Returning from Europe, she spent the decade of the 1930’s seeking answers to personal and family health problems. Medical treatment available at that time seemed inadequate to her; this led to her exploration of osteopathy, chiropractic medicine, yoga, the Alexander technique and Korzybski’s work on states of consciousness. By the 1940’s, she was working in a Manhattan apartment where her schedule was filled with people seeking help.
She was committed to the scientific point of view, and yet many breakthroughs came intuitively through the work she did with chronically disabled persons unable to find help elsewhere. This was the work eventually to be known as Structural Integration. For the next thirty years, Ida Rolf devoted herself to developing her technique and training programs.
During the 1950’s, her reputation spread to England where she spent summers as a guest of John Bennett, a prominent mystic and student of Gurdjieff. Then, in the mid-60’s, Dr. Rolf was invited to Esalen Institute in California at the suggestion of Fritz Perls, founder of Gestalt Therapy. There she began training practitioners and instructors of Structural Integration. The more Structural Integration classes Ida Rolf taught, the more students sought admission to training. Newspaper and magazine articles began featuring the person and work of Ida Rolf, and soon the necessity for a formal organization became apparent.
As early as 1967, the first Guild for Structural Integration was loosely formed and eventually headquartered in a private home in Boulder, Colorado. Until her death in 1979, Ida Rolf actively advanced training classes, giving direction to her organization, planning research projects, writing, publishing and public speaking. In 1977, she wrote Rolfing: The Integration of Human Structures (Harper and Row, Publishers). This book is the major written statement of Ida P. Rolf’s scholastic and experiential investigation into the direct intervention with the evolution of the human species. Another book compiled by Dr. Rolf’s close associate and companion: Rosemary Feitis, is Ida Rolf Talks About Rolfing and Physical Reality. It is truly a jewel: giving us insights into Dr. Rolf’s unique and incredible mind.
Ida P Rolf