For an excellent article about the difference between Rolfing Structural Integartion and Massage see the article in Massage Magazine, July 2012 written by Soken’s mentor Dr Maitland, featuring Soken’s thoughts on Rolfing.
More than fifty years ago, Dr. Rolf recognized that the body is inherently a system of seamless networks of tissues rather than a collection of separate parts. These connective tissues surround, support and penetrate all of the muscles, bones, nerves and organs. Rolfing works on this web-like complex of connective tissues to release, realign and balance the whole body.
Essentially, the Rolfing process enables the body to regain the natural integrity of its form, thus enhancing postural efficiency and your freedom of movement.