Andrea Sutcliffe, Fascia Bodywork
New Hampshire Structural Integration License #0032

How It Works

A bit of history:  Structural Integration was originally developed to specifically address the resilient connective tissues found everywhere in the body - tendons, ligaments and the fascia sheaths which enclose all muscles, organs and bones. Structural Integration acquired a brand name of "Rolfing®" after Dr. Ida P. Rolf, who originated it.

The goal was to help people stand up straighter - gain length in the spine, with balance of weight between the right and left sides.  Regain the body's natural ability to work with gravity - not fight against it.  Many folks began to simply feel better and move with more ease, leading to a better quality of life.

In my practice, we follow the Structural Integration protocol - a standard recipe of sequence and anatomical territory that works for everyone.  This one page PDF description of the Rolfing® Ten Session Protocol, or standard recipe, may be helpful to view or print. 

In addition, we give significant time and attention to your specific conditions.  This is my "Fascia Bodywork".  Very specific work.

During the session, you wear underwear, shorts and a tank top.  Or wear stretchy gym-wear in which is comfortable for you.  Athletic bras for women are fine.  The office has a private bathroom which doubles as a changing room for you.

We may start with simple, diagnostic movements which serve as an individual baseline for you. Then, hands-on fascia techniques are used for most of the session.

We work together from general, large muscle areas to very specific areas of tension - all the while talking about what you are sensing and your comfort level. Often, we'll add simple movements of the feet, hands, arms or legs to help the effectiveness.