What is Rolfing?
Rolfing® is a system of soft tissue manipulation and movement repatterning that organizes the entire structure of the body in relationship to gravity. Rolfing bodywork affects the posture and structure by manipulating the myofascial system (connective tissue). Often considered a “deep-tissue” approach, Rolfing bodywork actually works with all the layers of the body to remove stress patterns in the entire system. Research has demonstrated that Rolfing creates more efficient muscle use, allows the body to conserve energy, and creates more economical and refined patterns of movement. Rolfing has also been shown to significantly reduce chronic stress, reduce spinal curvature in subjects with lordosis (sway back), and enhance neurological functioning.
Who is it for?
People experiencing pain and chronic muscle tension resulting from physical and emotional traumas. More specifically, anyone who has experienced an injury or chronic structural changes (e.g. sitting in front of a computer causing the head and shoulders to shift toward the sternum) that result in improper bio-mechanics of the body. Many individuals use it as a way to break up scar tissue, rehabilitate injuries, and increase range of motion to improve performance and avoid future injuries. In addition, those who are looking to avoid repetitive stress injuries may benefit from Rolfing®. And, based on the mind/body connection, many counselors and therapists incorporate Rolfing in their therapeutic approach. Greater structural support and flexibility ultimately influences emotions and energy levels.
How is Rolfing different from massage?
Through soft tissue manipulation and movement re-education, Rolfers affect body posture and structure over the long-term. Unlike massage, which often focuses on relaxation and relief of muscle discomfort, Rolfing is aimed at improving body alignment and function. As a structure becomes more organized, chronic stress patterns are alleviated, and pain decreases. Furthermore, Rolfing can speed up injury recovery by reducing pain, stiffness and muscle tension, improving movement and circulation around joints, and alleviating compensatory patterns.
Rolfing is generally performed over a series of ten sessions. This approach allows the Rolfer to affect the client’s structure in a methodical manner. This includes loosening superficial fascia before working deeper areas, improving support in feet and legs before affecting higher structures, and helping clients find ways to benefit from freedom of movement in their daily activities.
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