Positive shifts in your alignment positively affect all of your body's systems (i.e. immune, circulatory, nervous, muscle). While the results of Rolfing differ from person to person, clients commonly report many of the following benefits:
- relief from pain
- improved posture
- greater self confidence
- less stress and tension
- increased energy
- increased body awareness
- deeper breathing
- more graceful movement
- feeling taller and straighter
- more physical and emotional balance in their lives
- changes that can last for years
Rolfing has developed into a bodywork that challenges the client, but always stays within your comfort level. Rolfing is characterized as a “deep bodywork”, and uses slow steady, hands-on, pressure from to release myofascial restrictions throughout your body.
In a typical session your Rolfer uses slow, steady pressure from his/her hands, fists, and forearm to stretch, lengthen and release adhesions in your myofascia, and align the different segments of your body (head, neck, torso, pelvis, legs, and feet).
The practitioner will always work within your comfort level. If you don't feel safe or comfortable, change doesn't happen. This work is distinct and deep, though you are always in controll of the level of intervention.
Don't expect a quick fix either- these changes take time and the sessions build on one another. Your body continues to integrate the Rolfing for months, even years, after the treatment ends.
In the 1930's Dr. Ida Rolf began her inquiry into the human body. She developed a method of bodywork called Structural Integration, which later became known as Rolfing.
Ida P. Rolf was a lifelong student and pioneer. In 1920 she earned her Ph.D. in biological chemistry from Columbia University in New York. She also studied mathematics, atomic physics, homeopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic medicine, yoga, the Alexander technique, and the Feldenkrais method.
Dr. Rolf's studies led her to search for a system that organized the body in gravity. During the 1930s she synthesized her vast knowledge into a very effective method of working with the body's myofascia. She named this Structural Integration. Ida worked hard to refine the ten series program we still use today. Eventually, she established a training school called the Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado, where her method became known as “Rolfing.”
Subsequently, The Rolf Institute registered the word as a trademark.Toward the end of her career, Dr. Rolf authored Rolfing: The Integration of Human Structures. The efficacy and popularity of the Rolf method has led to the opening of training centers in Brazil, Europe, Japan, and Australia.
Rolfing therapy primarily focuses on tissue change within the structure of the human body.
This therapy is characterized by words like myofascia, tensegrity, and gravity.
Professional Rolfers free your body by working with your body's structural foundation: the connective tissue.
While bones, tendons, and ligaments are connective tissue, Rolfers work with the most pliable and changeable type of connective tissue: the myofascia.
Myofascia is continuous throughout your body—it has no beginning or end. Physically, it is a thin sheath that wraps all of your muscles, bones, and organs determining their spacing and alignment.
It adapts to the strains you place on it, determines the spacing between your joints and muscles, and reveals the history of your body use. It is also pliable, and this is where the magic begins.
Because myofascia is continuous AND pliable, a complete Rolfing treatment of ten sessions can permanently upgrade your entire well being in a way that no other alternative therapy can.