Anna Collins is her own best advertisement. The London-based practitioner of the Rolf Method of Structural Integration first received structural integration herself a few years ago. She had been in constant pain from an accumulation of tennis and ski injuries for some time. “To suddenly wake up one day and realise it didn’t hurt was a very big thing.”
There are 10 sessions in total: the first seven deal with different parts of the body (including, most notoriously, in the seventh, the inside of the mouth); the final three “integrate” you so that you become the best possible version of yourself, structurally speaking. So remarkable were Collins’s end results that she vowed to train, and pass on to others the gift of pain-free living and superlative posture.
What we need to understand, says the 36-year-old, is that what surrounds the skeleton is of more importance than the skeleton itself. “Think of your bones simply as spaces. It is by working on the fascia, the silvery stuff you see in raw steak – which is what surrounds your bones, surrounds everything – that the way you move, the way you feel, can be profoundly changed.”