Facilitating evolution of mind, body, and spirit.
"This is the gospel of Rolfing: When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through. Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself."
Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D.
The Rolf Institute's® Video, "Become a Rolfing Client"
What is Rolfing?
Rolfing, Structural Integration is a system of body education and physical manipulation, a product of 50 years of study and practice by Ida P. Rolf, PhD. Rolfing imbodies simple ideas about human nature; one, that most humans are significantly out of alignment with gravity, two, we function better when we are aligned with gravity, and three, the human body is very plastic, and has the capacity to return to alignment at practically any time of life.
It is a scientifically validated system of restructuring the body to release life-long patterns of tension and bracing; balancing and realigning the entire body in relation to gravity.
Rolfing is the only manipulative system whose goal is to evoke highly integrated and efficient ways of moving that enable your body to remain effortlessly balanced in gravity.
The job of Rolfing is to work with the myofascial system. This connective tissue network is known as the "organ of structure" because the fascia in our bodies envelop muscle, bones, and organs, holding everything in place... Unfortunately it can support whatever patterns of movement and postures the body adopts, including results of repetitive motion, injuries, and poor posture.
Rolfers work with the rhythms of respiration and other responses of the body to release restricted connective tissue, using hands, fingers and elbows.
Research has shown that changes toward further integration continue to occur for up to a year after the last session. Photographs show that the changes are still present many years later.
"Rolfing is permanent. As one student put it, after you're rolfed, you're like a Jaguar. No matter how long you drive a Jaguar, it's not ever going to turn into a Ford."
Ida P. Rolf
What to expect
Rolfing, Structural Integration is conventionally done as a ten- step series. This is a highly individualized formula that maximizes the body's ability to integrate change toward structural integration. Each session builds on the results of the previous one, so results are cumulative.
Further sessions ("tune-ups") are often sought as the body may experience injury or stress.
The work is somewhat similar to massage, in that it is done on a table or a bench using hands, fingers, forearms and elbows. Occasionally we will call for movement and/ or breath participation.
Females typically wear a bra and underwear or a two piece swimsuit during their sessions. Males wear underwear, or running shorts work well.
Sports bras and boxer shorts are discouraged because they provide coverage that is not always gracefully moved aside.
Time and privacy is given to change/undress.We offer free consultations; a chance to meet and talk more about how Rolfing can help you specifically.
Sessions typically last an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes and are spaced one to three weeks apart, depending on time and financial concerns.
Who does Rolfing help?
How does it feel?
Rolfing helps everyone, babies to elders, even animals, because everyone is subject to gravity. Here are just a few of the many reasons people seek a Certified Rolfer:
postural conditions: poor posture, hyperlordosis, kyphosis, scoliosis
chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, neck pain, joint restrictions, and chronic tension
headaches; stress or tension
syndromes; sciatica, carpal tunnel, and thoracic-outlet
limited range of motion or flexibility
after-effects of old physical and emotional trauma
occupational injuries such as repetitive stress issues (RSI) or back problems
car or any other type of accidents
to improve quality of life and feel years younger
to improve athletic performance from yoga to football
bodyworkers or anyone looking to invest in and maintain their body for their work or lifestyle.
Every session is unique and addresses your specific physical patterns, involving manipulation of fascia at varying depths in the body. The sensations can range from mild to strong and from pleasurable to momentary discomfort.
At times there may be little sensation at all. Within the first few sessions you will likely feel a release of tension. People often report feeling taller and more balanced. Sometimes the effects build more gradually, with an increasing fluidity of movement, greater sense of ease, and increased alertness and energy.
Rolfing is losing its reputation of being painful. Over time the work has become gentler with more refined techniques. Rolfers are taught to listen tactilely to what is happening in the body and work with this information, closely monitoring the level of comfort in the client.
While I am watching for signs that there is too much discomfort, please feel free to communicate with me as well.
For additional frequently asked questions go to: Rolfing FAQ's