Rolfing is also known as ‘structural integration’, which basically means that this bodywork technique rearranges the body tissues (the fascia) to lengthen and balance them.
This type of manipulative massage is designed to work with gravity to correctly reorganize the fascia (connective tissues) of the body. The Rolfing technique creates balance, ease of movement and is also said to relieve pain.
It’s a form of alternative medicine developed by Ida Rolf who theorized she could rearrange the body tissues, which she claimed would bring about improved balance and clarity of mind.
Standing Straight and Tall
Many people have used the Rolfing method to help with correcting their posture and relieving their scoliosis. The results have been incredible for many suffering from this painful condition. The therapy has helped to realign their body in a positive way to a more correct posture.
This subsequently relieves them of their chronic pain, which results from the stresses of the body fighting the effects of the altered body carriage. The freedom from continual pain is emotionally uplifting and brings joy to living.
Just Google ‘before and after Rolfing pictures’ to see the results achieved from this bodywork therapy. Seeing is believing!
Ten Sessions of Rolfing
To get the full benefit of Rolfing, the patient participates in ten sessions which Rolf named “the recipe.” The first three sessions concentrate on the superficial (upper) body tissues while the next four sessions apply pressure on deep tissues in the body (especially the pelvic area).
The final three sessions focus on the entire body and can be painful and cause soreness afterward.
Restructures Harmful Body Movement Patterns
The deep tissue approach to soft tissue manipulation is claimed to positively affect and restructure harmful patterns of body movement, which can cause trauma and pain. This, in turn, reduces physiological stress, repairs conditions such as spinal curvature and also enhances brain function.
Many who have suffered some type of trauma or body stress (such as athletes and dancers) use Rolfing to help heal scar tissue and to increase their range-of-motion during a performance.
Importantly, besides the positive physical changes in the connective tissues of the body, Rolf claimed that by manipulating the body, psychological changes also occur, bringing about positive changes in personality.
It is a mind-body connection therapy which can reduce stress and increase energy.
The Rolfing Technique Is A Deep-Tissue Massage
Unlike some other forms of massage, which feature relaxation and relieving muscle strain and pain, Rolfing massage concentrates on the deep-tissue areas of the body which produce tension and stress. Rolfing may speed the recovery of an injury by reducing the pain and stiffness associated with most injuries.
The only school that currently teaches and provides credentials to Rolfing students is located in Boulder, Colorado and requires two years of study plus an extensive educational program for an additional six years.
Rolfing massage therapy is becoming more popular as a way to relieve pain and reestablish your body’s ability to perform as it was meant to.