What is Rolfing?

IMG_1648“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

Rolfing might be right for you if you want to feel better in your body, improve athletic performance, address chronic musculoskeletal issues, or you are simply looking to improve your posture.  Each Rolfing session aims to bring the body into greater organization so our daily routine and movements are easier and freer.

Named after its founder, Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D, biochemistry, Rolfing Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body.  Rolfing balances and realigns your body by releasing tension and strain. Folks who receive Rolfing report a balanced and flexible body that is free of chronic pain, stiffness, and discomfort.

Rolfing is both an effective form of hands-on therapy and movement education.  Its goal is to bring the body into alignment and harmony with gravity, enabling structural, functional, and energetic balance within the body that help free mind, body, and spirit from limitations, injury, and pain.

Who gets Rolfed?

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.

People of all ages and lifestyles can benefit from Rolfing. The earlier strain patterns can be addressed, the easier they are to work with and the more rapidly they can change. Only a few conditions are contraindicated for Rolfing.

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.

Is Rolfing painful?

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, steady, and responds to the client’s physical experience; it may be deep but should never be hard or painful.