Rolfing® Structural Integration
Rolfing is a method of reorganizing the human body to optimize structure and function. It releases segments of the body from chronic tension and strain patterns resulting from poor postural and movement habits. Rolfing balances the body within the gravitational field, facilitates greater ease and efficiency of movement, and enhances overall well-being.
Rolfing accomplishes this by hands-on work with the body’s soft tissue system. This myofascial system, or connective tissue network, functions within the body as its organ of support. It envelops the skeleton and soft tissues, holds the bones in position, determines the direction of muscle pulls and of movement, and gives the human body its shape. Injury or chronic tension here causes shortening and misalignment of the myofascia which the entire body must compensate for in order to maintain balance. The result is often pain, fatigue, and loss of flexibility.
Rolfing contacts the myofascial system directly to lengthen shortened tissue, to differentiate between muscle groups that have gotten entwined and to promote proper circulation of fluids and oxygen. A Rolfer may also use gentler, indirect methods to achieve the same goals when appropriate. The Rolfer seeks to apply the correct pressure needed to release restriction in the tissue, and the client assists by giving feedback, breathing fully, and often by making small, synchronized movements that facilitate awareness and release.
A Rolfing session is performed with the client in his/her underwear. This allows for an initial visual assessment of structure and then for a range of positioning possibilities for work on a treatment table. The client will be asked to walk and move as well in order to evaluate restrictions in motion and flexibility and to enable both Rolfer and client to track changes that result from the work. A session typically lasts 60-75 minutes.