What is Rolfing?
It was Dr. Rolf's theory that the cause of human discomfort, both physical and emotional may lie in our internal connective tissue and the relationship it has with the earth’s gravitational field.
There is, she argued, an optimal, more natural alignment for each of us – an easier interaction between self and gravity. When through external factors this alignment is lost, it causes internal stress that can result in real discomfort. Prevent or correct the misalignment and you may eliminate or limit the stress. This is at the heart of Rolfing.
Linking all internal structures within the human frame is the fascial web. This plastic connective tisse unites the structure of the inner form and divides its individual functioning units.
Fascia is constantly changing and adapting in response to demands placed on an individual's body. It reacts to particular physical damage – to a joint for example – by producing extra material to enhance stability and support. However, it can produce more than is necessary. In time, rather than stabilizing movement it can actually reduce mobility, leading to a changed postural position and altered patterns of movement.
Before and after 10 Sessions of Rolfing
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Dr. Rolf called this fascia the organ of form and suggested that through deliberate, accurate and targeted movement of this tissue, over all relief and well being could be achieved. Through the Rolfing touch, the elasticity and sliding capacity of the tissue can be restored and the body realigned in such a way that it is can function with more ease. By introducing the influence of gravity on well being Dr. Rolf broke new ground. Scientific research supports her wisdom.
After completing ten sessions with a Certified Rolfer™ a client can expect to experience a greater sense of allover freedom. Better posture and improved movement can be expected. An enhanced understanding of how the body operates in harmony with gravity will be developed through the sessions. This new comprehension of the self can then be taken forward by the client and further experienced as a process of lifelong learning.
Who can it help?
Educating clients away from physical patterns of movement that are negative to the whole being and out of line with gravity, a Rolfer can bring about positive changes in an individual that could last a lifetime.
Preventing discomfort is one of the objectives of Rolfing. By engaging with the self and the earth's gravity and establishing the optimal individual alignment, the client has a greater capacity to function to the best of his or her individual ability. This is in line with Dr. Rolf’s belief that there is something of an inherent best individual alignment, realised through Rolfing.
Rolfing may be a new path taken by clients disappointed with their current health regime. Its holistic approach to overall well being may sit comfortably alongside other therapies.
Rolfing's greatest ambassadors are its clients. Rolfing is a reputable, trusted therapy that has been successfully undertaken and viewed as a positive experience by individuals who had previously lamented their sense of life quality and well being.
In a society that values a diverse approach to healthcare, Rolfing offers a tactile, chemical free practice that may be experienced by the client as beneficial to the whole person.
Clients with high body awareness, such as athletes and dancers, report and delight in the subtlest of changes that can assist in improved performance.
Clients who are in tune with the slightest change in their body may choose to incorporate Rolfing into their health and wellness regime.
"I have tried lots of different therapies to deal with my health problems. Rolfing has given me a new awareness of my body and of myself and has diminished my discomfort. I have encouraged my entire family to go and get Rolfing sessions."
Quote from a Rolfing client
Click to see a graphical representation of the fascial web.
Click on the enlarged picture to remove the outer layer of fascia (the so called superficial fascia). You can click back and forth between the superficial and the deeper layers.