Rolfing is a highly effective bodymind method
WHAT IS ROLFING®?
Rolfing® is a form of hands-on bodywork and movement training that re-organizes the connective tissue of the body (fascia) so that it can function more effectively. Over time, events in our life, such as injury or trauma can lead to our natural alignment in gravity to be lost. This causes internal stresses resulting in physical and emotional discomfort. Rolfing® aims to correct these imbalances and reduce the compensations and stresses that cause pain.
The goal of Rolfing is to restore balance and integration to the human body so that we can make use of its full potential.
Rolfing is a system of manual manipulation and movement education that helps to organize the body in gravity.
The basic series of rolfing consists of 10 sessions. After this initial series, advanced rolfing sessions can be taken.
Gravity works to keep us upright with ease and grace if we have a well-organized structure, but works against us in a misaligned body.
Through manipulating the myofascial system or the connective tissue of the body, a Rolfer tries to release myofascial holding and then integrate the body in its best possible alignment given all the resources available at the time.
When structure is well-aligned, space is created inside the body, eliminating compression and unnecessary stress on our viscera.
WHAT IS FASCIA?
Fascia is a layer of fibrous tissue that forms a continuous web throughout the whole body. Also known as connective tissue it provides a responsive structure that adapts to demands placed upon it, creating a flexible and mobile system. It surrounds, supports,and penetrates all muscles, bones, nerves and organs of the body.
Through the Rolfing® touch, the elasticity and sliding capacity of fascia can be restored and the body structure aligned to function with greater ease.
ROLFING® CAN HELP WITH:
- LOWER BACK PAIN
- HIP PAIN
- FROZEN SHOULDER
- REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY (RSI)
- LACK OF MOBILITY
- POST OPERATIVE PAIN
- TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DYSFUNCTION (TMJ)
- NECK PAIN
- TENSION RELEASE FOLLOWING TRAUMA
Rolfing® Structural Integration is named after American biochemist Dr Ida Rolf, Rolfing® addresses patterns and tension that can develop as a result of trauma, work demands, or postural habits, to restore a more efficient and easier alignment. Whilst a person may have pain in a particular place, Rolfing® recognises the interrelatedness of the body and so treats the entire structure through a systematic approach called the ’Ten Series’.
THE ROLFING® 10 SERIES
The Rolfing® “Ten series” can be viewed as a basic recipe which all Rolfers™ follow to achieve their common goal of balancing the client’s body in gravity. However, individual Rolfers™ work in different ways and also recognise that each client is unique and so adapt the recipe to suit their style and their client’s needs. The descriptions published here can be viewed as a general outline of the goals and procedure for each session.
Benefits of Rolfing® include, improved posture, improved flexibility and range of movement, enhancing the ease of breathing, releasing painful holding patterns and managing acute and chronic pain from past injuries.