STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION (SI)
Dr. Ida P. Rolf Method
Standards of Practice
Drafted for The International Association of Structural Integrators
David D. Wronski
Note to Professional Structural Integrators:
A draft of the Standards of Practice was originally written at the request of the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI). In order to understand its purpose, it is necessary to know the strategic considerations — the background and rationale — which form the basis and format of this document.
It stands on its own, irrespective of what IASI may officially publish. Please feel free to use it for your own professional purposes.
Consistent with its mission to serve the profession of Structural Integration, IASI, the International Association of Structural Integrators, is developing a Standards of Practice (SOP). This is intended to cover the essential elements that identify Structural Integration as a distinct, integrated approach and protocol for therapeutic and human developmental applications.
The SI-SOP is intended to serve several purposes:
— Define the Standards of Practice (SOP) of Structural Integration: What is and what is not SI.
The SOP is not intended to be a complete and comprehensive a document for the profession of Structural Integration. It is intended to be a concise touchstone document that reflects the generally held common terminology, agreements and understandings among SI professionals. As such it will also serve to integrate communications and thus aid the profession in speaking in a unified voice with the public, other professions, and legislative bodies.
It is also a document which can be made available for access by the general public, other professionals, and relevant governing bodies.
— Bring together diverse groups of practitioners, schools, instructors, researchers, and accrediting bodies with a common philosophy and practice respected by the Structural Integration community.
— Support accredited professionals in all aspects of practicing as Structural Integrators.
— Articulate the inherent values of Structural Integration clearly.
— Support SI professionals’ integrity in their work with clients, and in reflecting that quality of shared message in all their communications about Structural Integration.
— Promote accurate information about SI that the public can easily understand.
— Represent Structural Integration accurately and consistently to regulatory bodies, local governments and state boards.
— Provide consistently intelligible information to other health professions and professionals.
— Work to ensure that Structural Integration continues to grow and develop in alignment with the highest levels of its established understanding, principles and goals, foundations, theories, methods, skill-sets, and intentions.
— Speak up energetically for the inclusion of Structural Integration’s ideas in professional conversations with member of Integrative Health Practices (IHP), conventional health care, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), and Complementary Integrative Medicine (CIM); remembering that physical alignment in gravity is still a newsworthy and little understood idea.
The Standards of Practice document for Structural Integration is intended to cover the essential elements that identify Structural Integration as a distinct, integrated approach and protocol for therapeutic and human developmental application
The Standards of Practice will establish the core elements of training, technique, and practice that define Structural Integration as a unique, methodology/protocol. It reflect the fundamental skills and knowledge that are taught in common by all SI schools, and are understood by SI professionals as defining Structural Integration and differentiating it from other methods.
This list is to include: the philosophy and theories that are central to Structural Integration. SI’s ethics and code of conduct will also be defined.
It will present a concise definition of Structural Integration that can inform a dialogue among practitioners that will encourage consistency in all our communications to the public and related professions.
The Standards of Practice will describe elements that are unique to the training and practice of Structural Integration. This may include knowledge and skills that are common to other touch oriented practices as well as being part of the required curriculum and practice of SI.
The Standards of Practice document will be completed through peer review involving all IASI recognized schools and practitioners, other related stakeholders, research organizations and appropriate accrediting bodies.
The development of the SI-SOP is part of IASI’s mission to lead in promotion through education and communication of Structural Integration as a vital contribution to health and well-being.
In 2002 the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI) was formed as a professional membership organization representing SI professionals from a variety of training programs. IASI has established essential training requirements, a code of ethics, and continuing education requirements.
• To promote the highest professional standards for Structural Integration;
• To preserve and support the continued evolution of the art, science and philosophy of Structural Integration; and
• To represent the interests of SI practitioners to the public, regulatory agencies and other professions.
In the field of Structural Integration many variations are reflected in the training differences in several schools. Additionally, practitioners sometimes modify and embellish the work in their individual practices.
This flows from many factors: new methods discovered in practice, approaches based on philosophy, preference/temperament, other learned skills, marketplace demands, and the immediate demands of daily practice.
However, common agreement on core definitions reflected in a complete Standards of Practice will help to maintain both a consistent identity and practitioners’ alignment with core principles and practices. This offers great value to the profession itself as a centering point for practitioners, and to assure clients they are receiving a high standard of Structural Integration.
We do not intend to limit the services or creativity of SI practitioners seeking to benefit their client. Nonetheless, it is in the interests of the profession and all practitioners to make it clear to practitioners and their clients when what is being offered is Structural Integration and when it is not.
The SI field is young enough that most clients have little knowledge of Structural Integration, nor from experience of what to expect during the process, nor its intended outcome. The Standards of Practice is a professional touchstone and a public declaration meant to guarantee consistency of message and delivery.
A formal SI-SOP will be a basis of fair, accurate representation of Structural Integration in licensing legislation and the agencies that govern those licensing laws.
Many states and municipalities have enacted laws governing the practice of complementary and alternative healthcare procedures. Structural Integration is not exempt in most states. The IASI continues to participate in the development of regulations intended to protect the profession of Structural Integration. It has been proactive in providing regulatory bodies with information about what constitutes adequate training, certification and continuing education in the profession of Structural Integration.
The Standards of Practice will present a platform for a unified message to the general public. Structural Integration is still a developing profession, and there are several areas in which our philosophy, theories and point of view can make a significant contribution.
There is a direct and immediate need to promote values of Structural Integration publicly, and there is also a parallel opportunity for leadership in advancing ideas of Structural Integration itself.
It is arguable that the profession as a whole seems to have missed that point, focused as practitioners are on the challenge of maintaining their professional practices. Speaking up clearly for the advantage of living in balance with gravity will increase awareness and acceptance of Structural Integration, offering us the opportunity we seek for serving others.
Balance in gravity, a core idea of Structural Integration, is a phenomenon whose presence our clients can feel. But outside our offices, it presence is lost, muted by the stiffness and pain in which most people live. Structural Integration’s benefits will become familiar in the public mind and among other professionals only when we can communicate what we have learned clearly, and reliably evoke its proof in other’s lives.