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Why Is It Called Rolfing?


The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute



What Are the Benefits of Rolfing?

Improving your body’s alignment will positively impact all the systems in the body (immune, circulatory, nervous, & muscle). Rolfing is effective and beneficial to anyone at any age, especially those seeking to experience optimum health, body awareness, balance, mental clarity, or who experience chronic pain, have structural damage/issues, etc. Call for a free consultation to determine whether you are a candidate for this life changing event.

The benefits of Rolfing include:

  • Pain reduction or elimination
  • Improved posture and balance
  • Greater flexibility and range of motion
  • Injury recovery (including injuries caused by accidents, surgery, repetitive motion, sports, etc.)
  • Trauma release (emotional and physical)
  • Increased energy
  • Help to maintain chiropractic adjustments
  • Relief from pain
  • Easier and more powerful movement
  • Less stress and tension
  • Better digestion
  • Increased body awareness
  • Feeling taller and straighter
  • More physical and emotional balance in your life
  • Improvements that can last for years
  • Structural Integration
  • Cellulite reduction and weight loss

Some specific problems addressed in Rolfing include:

  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Sciatica and other nerve-related pain
  • Recurring athletic injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other Repetitive Stress Injuries
  • Feeling aged or having trouble with movement and joints
  • Chronic pain conditions (low back pain)
  • Chronic tension, such as headaches, or tightness in the neck and shoulders
  • Recovery from accidents, injuries, and surgery
  • Helps athletes increase performance with greater joint range of motion and overall flexibility
  • Problems with hips, knees, or feet


What Should I Wear?

Your comfort is my first priority. However I need to constantly assess where you may be restricted or misaligned, so it is important that I see your body’s responses to manipulation and changes. Generally, women wear a bikini, sports bra, or tank top and bikini bottoms or gym shorts. Men typically wear underwear or shorts.


What Are You Really Doing During a Rolfing Session?

I am working with your connective tissue (fascia) that makes up your ligaments and tendons, which wrap around all your muscles and nerves and hold your organs in place. Fascia is all over your body, and the tissues all connect to each other in some form or fashion to make a vast network. 

Posture and Structural Improvement

Rolfing addresses poor posture and chronic pain that results from improper structural alignment by brining balance to your muscular and connective tissue systems. Rolfing looks to undo habitual tensional patterns that get brought into our bodies through injuries, sitting at computers, poor posture, and other general life activities. Structural Integration is the goal of Rolfing.


Joint Alignment

With a series of sessions, Rolfing progresses through the entire body to ensure there is the proper adaptability and support needed for correct joint alignment and function. Chronic postural imbalances cause undue wear and tear on our joints as the forces running through them are no longer neutral and balanced. For example, over time, the misalignment of a foot, or repeated ankle sprains are going to show up as knee pain and exposure to injury.


Nerve Inflammation

Often pain and discomfort stems directly from adhered, compressed, or inflamed nerves. When nerves become irritated they swell and harden, causing tenderness to the touch, limitation to stretching, chronic protective muscle tension, mis-firing and poor coordination. Working with and calming these pockets of inflamed tissue offers the body new possibilities for posture and movement as well as a direct relief from chronic and acute pain.


Muscular Strength, Coordination, and Endurance

Postural improvement, joint alignment, calming inflammation, and reducing pain in the body equals quicker recovery and healing from injury or athletic stresses. Alleviating pain brings vitality and a new sense of well-being. Your muscles become more coordinated, thus working together better, more strongly, and more efficiently because they no longer have to compensate for poor alignment.




Does Rolfing hurt?

No, it should not hurt. Communication between you and me is integral to increasing the efficacy of your sessions, and pain tends to create a counter-productive effect. There are times that a Rolfing session may be uncomfortable physically, but not painful.  


How is Rolfing different?

Unless the tension and strain in the soft tissue (fascia, muscles, tendons, & ligaments) is addressed, the bones will continue to be pulled out of alignment. The Rolfing method uses gentle soft tissue techniques to treat boney restrictions that are a part of the overall body pattern and restore structural integration. The goal is to achieve balanced tension throughout the entire body, which allows the bones to fall back into their proper relationships naturally.

Rolfing enhances the efficacy of other types of therapies and modalities. Many modalities of bodywork focus on relaxing individual muscles, whereas Rolfing’s focus is on realignment and re-sculpting the entire body into a better working (and feeling) unit. Some “deep tissue” massaging works to release local patterns of structural strain, but this is not usually done as part of a strategy to balance the whole body. The goals of Rolfing require clients to be actively involved during massage sessions by performing specific movements, noticing sensations, and even getting off of the table to sit, stand, or walk.


Do the changes from Rolfing last?

Yes. Modifications to our alignment and usage patterns, such as sitting, standing, and walking, help the body maintain its new structure. The nature of Rolfing is to work with the body, not on it. This allows clients to take ownership of their body’s new structure. Since Rolfing addresses the body as a whole (posture, joint function, coordination, movement, etc.), old patterns are replaced by new, healthier, and more efficient ones which become easier and more natural for the body to maintain.


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