Simply put, Soma Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that creates change. Soma works by way of the fascial (connective tissue) network to release chronic, stored structural aberrations, and effectively realign the entire body.
The History of Soma Structural Integration
With roots in the pioneering structural explorations of Ida P. Rolf, PhD, the Soma Institute of Neuromuscular Integration® is a successor to the classic form of ten session series Structural Integration. Since taking the reins as the Institute’s director and owner in 1986, Karen Bolesky has continuously evolved the program as the exclusive place to learn this innovative and unique modality.
The Soma Institute of Neuromuscular Integration® was developed in 1977 by Bill Williams, PhD of Psychology and an accomplished Rolfer®, who studied directly with Ida Rolf. A lens of psychology expanded the approach beyond attention to the body’s physical structure and relationship to gravity. The added layer of acknowledging body, mind and spirit as an inseparable whole system supports the multidimensional human being and distinguishes this practice.
Under the direction of Karen Bolesky, the Soma Institute currently offers a 750+ hour training program in Structural Integration (SI) theory and technique, which includes a licensing program. It is staffed by a dedicated group of experienced core Soma instructors with over 75 years combined SI experience. Recognized as one of the major schools of SI by the International Association of Structural Integration (IASI), it is also a State and National Massage licensing program. Soma is also accredited and a CE provider with the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and is licensed by WA State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board and the Washington and Oregon Board of Massage.