Rolfing® Structural Integration is a system of bodywork and movement education that reorganizes the entire body in gravity. By manipulating the network of muscle and fascia in the body, a Rolfer assists an individual through a gradual process of making profound changes in posture and structural alignment.
Who Seeks Rolfing?
Most people seek Rolfing to reduce pain and discomfort in their bodies. Rolfing can be successful in assisting people who are experiencing lingering pain due to:
- Falls, sports-related injuries and other physical trauma
- Repetitive stress injuries (carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow)
- Back injuries
- Changes which occurred during pregnancy and delivery
- Longer periods of inactivity in our lives as we work and age
- Auto accident injuries
- Stiffness and misalignment that remain after surgical procedures, including knee, back, hip and shoulder surgery
- Tension held in the body arising from anxiety or trauma
Rolfing can also be used as a preventative health care tool for children and young people who have postural discomfort, scoliotic patterns and more pronounced differences in their legs and feet compared to peers.
What is a session like?
Although each session is structured to address only particular areas of your body, your Rolfer is continually thinking about how the work of the session will affect alignment and movement throughout your body. Sessions are generally interactive and your Rolfer may ask you to perform isolated movements or to provide specific feedback regarding your awareness of ongoing changes in your fascia.
Is Rolfing painful?
Rolfing may be uncomfortable at times, but should not hurt. Your Rolfer will work with you to find a threshhold that challenges your soft tissue, but is not painful to the point which you hold your breath or tense up other body parts to accommodate the work.
You may experience sensations of stretching or a mild burning as the fascia is remodeled. Most individuals ultimately experience it to be a welcome and relaxing form of soft tissue manipulation.