Golfers have been known to invest a lot of money in equipment, trainers, shoes, supplements and more, in order to perform better, stay healthier and feel and look good on and off the links. Ultimately though, the best equipment you have is your body. And when your body has balance, flexibility and increased total range of motion, you bring more strength and power to your game.
What is Structucal Integration?
Structural Integration (SI), also known as Rolfing, positions you for a fuller, smoother swing. SI is a system of bodywork that goes beyond deep tissue massage, to the actual connective tissue between muscle and bone. Working at this level promotes long-lasting improvement in balance and flexibility, total range of motion, and greater muscle extension in the arms, chest, back and legs.
Structural Integration also helps speed recovery from aches or injuries, reducing pain, stiffness and muscle tension, and improving movement and circulation around joints. Therapy can attend to an injury as well as any secondary pain, such as that in the hip or neck, which may develop from favoring an injury.
Structural Integration repositions you for long-lasting improvement. An SI practitioner can identify habits that create a tense lower back, hunched shoulders or turned-in ankles, and help you replace old habits with correct posture and movements. He or she can also help you learn from and work with the knowledge of how your body actually works, instead of guessing at which techniques might work for you.
Whatever the level of play, make the most of what you bring by adding Structural Integration to your game!
This article appears in the July 2012 issue of NCNJ