What is Rolfing® Structural Integration? The Rolfing process enables the body to regain the natural integrity of its form, thus enhancing postural efficiency and your freedom of movement.
You will often hear people say Rolfing has helped them find relief when nothing else has. So, it may come as a surprise to
learn the main focus of Rolfing is actually whole body structural integration and functional efficiency, as opposed to
This key distinguishing feature of Rolfing from medicine and many other body-based approaches is what makes the Rolfing method so powerful: In the process of balancing the whole body many symptoms and conditions improve. Nevertheless, it is usually an unresolved chronic symptom or condition that first brings most people to give Rolfing a try.
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Strain in the connective tissue membranes (fascia) that surround and penetrate muscles is what restricts and limits fluid movement. Rolfing restores flexibility and fluidity to the whole body by releasing and reorganizing the body’s fascial layers.
When headaches are due to muscle imbalance and strain Rolfing can sometimes reduce or eliminate the pain.
Similar to sagging roof structures on buildings, neck and shoulder pain often lingers because support from body structure below is lacking. Rolfing not only relieves local strain in the head, neck and shoulders, it also helps to sustain it by improving support from the ground up. With Rolfing your head neck and shoulders balance on top with less strain.
Even in healthy spines compression forces in the lower region are huge. When these forces are not balanced strain and related injuries can develop. Compensatory patterns soon develop in the feet, knees, legs, hips and even further up the spine. When working with back problems Rolfing is able to decipher the particular problems of the low back and balance them with the rest of the body so the lower spine can balance with less strain.
When repetitive movements become ingrained in your body they are difficult to release and unwind without help. Whether repetitive strain happens as a part of work or recreation, Rolfing can help you untangle the pattern and learn options to prevent it from reoccurring. Rolfing works with all types of repetitive motion strain by re-balancing and aligning the whole body structure to restore fluid and efficient movement. During your Rolfing sessions you will learn ways to address the movement aspects of your activities so you can remain balanced.
As we age, health and quality of life are directly related to how easily we are able to move and do the things we enjoy. Our experience of aging is partly defined by a reduction in our balancing ability, our range of motion, and our ease of fluid movement. Because Rolfing helps restore suppleness, balance and fluid movement, it is one of the most effective therapeutic manipulation methods available for aging. It creates balance through alignment and ease of movement in stiff joints. Simply put, Rolfing is one of the most effective kinds of help you can get to maintain your physical, mental and spiritual vitality.
Most people believe their posture is not good. By gently releasing and realigning the body balanced posture emerges. Throughout the process of Rolfing you increase your understanding of your body structure and how live comfortably in it.
These three joint areas of the body function together. When one area is problematic, the other areas have to adapt. Rolfing treats the segments of the leg as one functional unit by balancing the interrelated strains of the foot, knee and hip.
Soon after sprains the body shifts its balance to compensate for the injured body part. Long after the acute injury heals balance and movement remain affected. Rolfing minimizes the compensations, restores balance and improves motion.
Tendons are a seamless end portion of muscle that connects to bone. Often irritation develops through overuse or distortions in body balance and alignment. When the body is realigned with Rolfing the strain on tendons is relieved allowing irritation to fade away.