Rolfing Movement

In the late years of her inquiry Ida Rolf discovered that fundamental changes in a body’s structure and its function can be supported and encouraged by specific movement exercises.

Besides the 10 series Dr. Rolf then developed special exercises, which talk to different parts of the human body.

In the past 20 years these exercises received a theoretic fundament, mainly from the French movement teacher and dancer Hubert Godard, who also broadend the variety and applications thereof.

The model today called „tonic function“,is the guideline for most of the Rolfing movement exercises. It is based on exchange with other movement schools and theories, long time experience and the latest scientific studies about the function of the connective tissue (fascia).

This holistic approach brings together awareness, coordination, structure and psychology.

People who benefit from Rolfing movement sessions are from all walks of life and all ages. If you are looking for answers to:

Smiley How  to extend the range of movement, more freedom of movement

Smiley How to increase your body awareness

Smiley How to increase the internal space

Smiley How to use the space around you

Smiley How you relate to your environment

Smiley How „the world“receives you and many more,

Rolfing movement will be a support in your personal inquiry.

Rolf movement is applied as full Rolfing movement sessions or is used within a session in the 10 series. The goals, among others, are:

  1. Opening and orientation of the feet to the ground. Because the soles of the feet have a great number of receptors, a good grounding leads to release in the lower back and pelvic floor. The more receptors are active, the more vital are the muscles and structure of, and around the spine, which ensure, that the back can repeatedly find its balance in gravity.

  2. Opening and orientation of arms and hands into the space, for a better connection to the world out there and to support the inner space. The hands also have a lot of receptors. The more active they are, the better the coordination of the structure of arms and the shoulder girdle. This leads to a release in shoulders and neck.

  3. Opening and orientation of the head towards the sky, to become upright easily and support the back. We are visually oriented in our modern world, so to have a clear inner picture (awareness) about where the head is positioned in a soft and relaxed way will be beneficial for head, neck and back.

  4. Awareness of the body’s core, the orientation around an inner centre will help to master effortless an upright posture and graceful movements.

  5. Deep, full breathing capacity and a natural rhythm of the breath movement in all  dimensions of the ribcage (front, back and sides)

  6. Harmony in the coordination of muscles and muscle groups, differentiation of superficial and deep muscle structures for economic movements and increased range of movements.

Recommended books:

Balancing Your Body: A Self-Help Approach to Rolfing Movement

Mary Bond

How Life Moves: Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness

Caryn McHose, Kevin Frank

How to become a Rolf Movement Practitioner

After becoming a certified Rolfer one can attend the additional Rolfing movement training of 18 days. Currently the training takes place in the US, Brazil and Europe.

For more details please contact the ERA office.

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