Rolfing® Structural Integration
Working as a problem-solver, a Rolfer™ facilitates healing by addressing posture, breath, movement and protective nervous system patterns. Rolfers work to alleviate pain holistically by exploring structural and perceptual limitations, and by creating new options for moving, sitting, standing and relating to your body. Through touch therapy and guided movement the Rolfer leads the patient towards greater health, comfort, ease and vitality.
What to expect during a visit?
In a typical session, the patient wears underwear or yoga-type clothing. The patient demonstrates how he or she stands, walks and moves while the Rolfer brings awareness to the patients embodied patterns. The Rolfer provides education and manual therapy via the web-like tissues that connect muscles and bones to realign and balance the body.
What conditions can be treated with Rolfing?
People with low-back pain, frozen shoulder, chronic neck and shoulder tension, pain associated with scoliosis, plantar fasciitis, repetitive motion injuries and symptoms related to poor posture may benefit from Rolfing. Rolfing can expedite recovery from injuries and reduce symptoms from fibromyalgia. Additionally, the whole body approach of Rolfing can reduce anxiety and headaches. Rolfing is beneficial for children and adults of all ages.
Where does the name Rolfing come from?
The founder of Rolfing Structural Integration was Dr. Ida P. Rolf, an American biochemist. Dr. Rolf was an early leader in fascial research and a holistic thinker. She developed Rolfing in the 1940s to improve the functioning of the individual as a whole through a process-based approach that includes touch, movement and education.