Neuromuscular Integration is based on the work of Ida Rolf. While practitioners apply classical Rolfing® techniques, they also incorporate lighter touch and more flexibility into their approach.
Neuromuscular Integration was formally developed by Bill M. Williams, PhD, and his wife Ellen Gregory-Williams, PhD. After training as a Rolfing® practitioner, Bill Williams realized that the results achieved in the physical body through Rolf's Structural Integration could be applied to a person's emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being.
Williams believed that a change in the structural integrity of the body must likewise be reflected as a change in the individual's character and emotional well-being. After working closely with Ida Rolf in 1977, Williams went on to develop the Neuromuscular Integration Model. One of the main aspects that separates Neuromuscular Integration from Rolfing® is William's Three Brain Model.
Neuromuscular Integration practitioners use a combination of soft tissue manipulation to adjust the physical structural alignment and emotional/psychological integration techniques to aid in the connection between body, mind, and spirit. Practitioners use soft tissue manipulation techniques based on those used in Rolfing®.
They can be performed on the client in a variety of positions, including the use of a typical therapy bed or a matted floor space. In distinction from Rolfing®, however, Neuromuscular Integration uses a more gentle approach.
Treatment involves stretches and the movement of the fascia to lengthen and balance the body along its natural vertical axis. The practitioner normally progresses from superficial to deeper layers of tissue.
Neuromuscular Integration can help restore flexibility and vertical alignment along what is called the Rolf® line. Neuromuscular Integration can have additional emotional and psychological benefits, such as increased confidence and self-image.
A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.
An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.