What is Rolfing?

What is Rolfing?

Named after its founder, Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D, biochemistry, Rolfing Structural Integration is a form of hands-on bodywork and movement re-education that actively works with clients to balance, organize, and realign their body by releasing tension and strain. Clients who receive Rolfing report a balanced, more comfortable, and flexible body; they also learn to understand the signals their body is sending them and together we develop useful skills unique to them to respond to discomfort that may show up every day in their lives.

"Jeanne is an amazing teacher. I refer to her as a teacher because she taught me how to really understand my body and how to hear what it is telling me.” – Kal P.

People of all ages and lifestyles benefit from Rolfing. The earlier nervous system adaptations and strain patterns can be addressed, the easier they are to work with and the more rapidly they can change. Rolfing can resolve pain and discomfort from many different sources including those related to persisting effects of repetitive motion, accidents, illness, surgery, trauma, and aging.

Why Choose Rolfing?

Many people seek Rolfing to address pain, discomfort, or impaired mobility. Some come to improve their athletic performance in their sport.  Others come because they just want their body to feel better and to improve their quality of life.  Rolfing enhances posture, improves performance, and augments personal growth.

Here are are two clients' reports after working with Jeanne:

"I can now move without pain and am more flexible as well as knowledgeable on how to move my body with more intelligence.“ - Ms. Lynrae

“The muscles and connective tissue were returned to where they should be. The range of motion improvement has made me more productive at work -- and the sleep improvement has benefited my health and spirit beyond words.” - Keith C.

If you think your body should feel better and move more easily then Rolfing may be right for you. Rolfing can resolve pain and discomfort from many different sources including those related to persisting effects of repetitive motion, accidents, illness, surgery, trauma, and aging.

What is a session like?

During a typical Rolfing session, we start by evaluating a person's structure. We may ask you to stand, sit, walk and/or do simple movements like a knee bend or raising your arms slowly over your head.  A Rolfer is trained to see bodies both in stillness and during movement; these visual assessments provide information on how and where the body is restricted.   Evaluation is also informed by what we feel during the hands on work.  During hands on work, Rolfers make contact with a client's skin and engage clients in gentle movements to help loosen and rehydrate the tissue that has become sticky and stuck.  Rolfing is interactive and clients are am important participant in the process.

How does Rolfing feel?

Rolfers are working with tension and strain patterns in the body and thus there are sensations of varying intensity associated with the process, depending where we are working. The client always defines the limits of their comfort zone.  The work is slow, intelligent, and appropriately responsive to the client's physical experience; it may be deep but should never be hard or painful.

"This is the gospel of Rolfing:

When the body gets working appropriately,
the force of gravity can flow through.
Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself."

Dr. Ida P. Rolf