The goal of rolfing is to systematically balance and optimize both the structure (shape) and function (movement) of the entire body.
What is Rolfing?
Rolfing Structural Integration is a form of bodywork designed to
re-organize and balance the whole body from head to toe.
Unlike traditional massage therapy that applies the same generic routine to each person, every Rolfing session works on a
separate region of your body to address imbalances
that are unique to your body in that area.
Rolfing is the hands-on science of how everything is connected in the body.
As sessions progress, deeper imbalances are resolved and your body returns to its natural alignment. For example, the legs are aligned with the hips, shoulders with the rib cage, the body is positioned over the feet, and all joints and related muscles and connective tissue are integrated to one another.
Depending on your goals, your Rolfer can work to address specific pain complaints, enhance physical performance, reduce stress and support emotional health, or guide you through a comprehensive total body rebalancing using the traditional “Rolfing Ten Series.”
If you are seeking support for pain complaints, physical performance, or stress and emotional health, most people find results within 3-4 Rolfing sessions. If you are interested in receiving the traditional “Rolfing Ten Series” you can expect to receive 10-12 Rolfing sessions.
How does rolfing work?
The wonderful transformations of Rolfing are possible because we are addressing your body’s internal system of flexible support, otherwise known as fascia (connective tissue).
Fascia surrounds every muscle fiber, encases all joints, and even has a role in your nervous system. Think of your fascia as an intricate internal guide wire network. If one set of support wires becomes tight or out of place, the excess tension may appear as nagging joint pain, muscle soreness, or a postural shift.
To correct fascial misalignments, a Rolfer uses mild, direct pressure to melt or release fascial holdings. This allows your body to find health through the re-establishment of balance..
It is currently believed that the slow, deep strokes of Rolfing SI stimulate sensory neurons of the muscle nerve, which in turn trigger the nervous system to reduce the tension of the related muscles and fascia.
Put another way, Rolfing SI allows the brain and nervous system to “re-boot” areas of the body that are receiving too much electrical stimulation.
These are the areas where muscles are chronically tight or sore.
Once a healthy level of muscle contraction is established, the person’s entire structure is free to express a pain-free form.
In addition to our skill with fascia, Rolfers are also educators
The role of teacher is something every Rolfer takes seriously. In each session, your Rolfer seeks to impart insights to you to increase your awareness and understanding, helping you to embody and own the bodywork you receive.
A Rolfers job is to make themselves obsolete by empowering you to take charge of your own physical and emotional health.