The Guild for Structural Integration was founded and named by Dr. Ida P. Rolf in the mid-sixties. The word “guild” comes to us from medieval times. perhaps reminiscent of Dr. Rolf’s search into the roots of Western thought and belief. It means a union of persons in the same craft or trade to uphold standards and promote common interests. In 1989, a small group of individuals, dedicated to preserving Dr. Rolf’s traditional teachings, dedicated to preserving the Spirit and Heart of Ida Rolf’s work, started the Guild for Structural Integration.
The Guild for Structural Integration (GSI) is an association of Structural Integration practitioners and associates who pledge to persevere through the long-term personal challenges which Dr. Rolf’s teaching and work present. Association with the Guild implies not only a commitment to professional excellence in the performance of Dr. Rolf’s standard ten-session series of Structural Integration, it also indicates a resolution to explore a path of personal growth which includes the transcendental vertical line. Regardless of the constituency of our clientele, the Guild affirms that our primary interest is in human potential and not the palliation of symptoms, and that the miracle of symptom relief is only coincidental with the true goals of Structural Integration. We also vow to promote interest in the “unfinished” aspects of Dr. Rolf’s work and to continue her inquiry into the energy fields of the body and their relationship to balanced structure.
We believe that the scope and importance for Dr. Rolf’s work demand that many philosophical choices be explored. We, therefore, formed the Guild to insure a creative community consisting of individuals who are dedicated to sharing and exploring her work. Following the example of our teacher, we believe we can have our feet planted firmly in physical reality while keeping our eyes fixed on the far stars.