Realign, Rearrange, Retrain
Say hello to your new body.
Rolfing is a process-oriented bodywork therapy which combines hands-on myofascial manipulation and client education, thereby reasserting that the power to change ultimately belongs to the client. Rolfers are interested in establishing an integrated, aligned body that is buoyant and efficient in gravity. More importantly, the empowered self-awareness and new movement patterns gained through the Ten Series serve as a foundation upon which the person can learn to immediately undo troublesome patterns and quickly bring themselves back into balance.
Movers, this section is for you. Whether you are a yogi, crossfit athlete, professional tennis player, weekend golfer, and everything in between, Rolfing can help you with your range of motion and flexibility.
Ida Rolf was known to say that real strength is the result of ease, rather than effort. She also noted that a truly strong, healthy muscle must be able to contract and fully relax. Rolfing uncovers your compensations, your areas of tension and excessive efforting, and integrates them into the whole of your body where true strength abides.
Before/ After Ten Sessions
As we age, we may notice that gravity starts to take over. It can affect our posture, spine, walk, and even the way we feel about ourselves. There is another option. The bad postural habits, old injuries, and imbalances can be brought back into order. Rolfing awakens the intelligence of the body and brings you back towards your original blueprint.
What to Expect
A typical Rolfing Session involves a brief intake discussion, diagnostic tools (such as watching the client walk, breathe, move the arms and legs, etc.) and about 60 min of work on the massage table and/or chair. The hands-on manipulations target muscles, fascia, mechanoreceptors in the skin, and neuromuscular patterns. They may be experienced as deep/intense but should NOT feel painful. After the session the client will be asked to walk, raise the arms etc. to reassess any changes in movement and structure.
Rolfing in the Media
METRO NEWS UK - What is Rolfing and Do I Need to Be Rolfed? - A great, multi-perspective article on the profession, its Eastern-Western overlap, and the many common ways that Rolfing has helped thousands of people.
NY TIMES - Rolfing, Excruciatingly Helpful - In the 7 years since this article has been written, Rolfers like myself have been trained not to cause pain. Rolfing may be intense as we work to access deep layers of tension within your body, but it should not hurt. You will still see wonderful benefits without having to tense up and bear it, which is actually counter-productive.