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Brief Introduction to Rolfing Structural Integration

Rolfing® is a system of Structural Integration created by Dr. Ida P. Rolf that realigns and balances the body within its gravitational field. Developed over 50 years ago, Dr. Rolf's work has continued to evolve and there are now 5 Institutes and hundreds of practitioners across the world.

We, the client and Rolfer™, work together to realign the physical body by systematically educating the soft tissue, i.e. muscles, tendons, ligaments, with subtle movements and hands on manipulation to bring the body to its original state of comfort and support. The Rolfing series approaches your body as a whole, working layer by layer to relieve it from a variety of discomforts and chronic pains caused by accidents, athletic strain or repetitive stresses.

Rolfing® can be transformational, inside and out. Often clients feel freer, clearer, taller and much more comfortable in the most simple of everyday body uses like standing or sitting. If you want relief from chronic pain, stress and tension, then I encourage you to come experience a Rolfing Session. I recommend you try anywhere from 1 to 3 sessions, with this, you will know if the entire Rolf 10 Series is for you

Clients commonly tell me they:

  • Feel taller
  • Breath easier
  • Relief from chronic headaches and jaw pain
  • Increased range of motion
  • Relief of chronic pain in low back, neck and joints
  • Walk with more ease
  • Gained increased support through their feet and leg
  • Comfort at my computer with postural education provided
  • Chest and shoulder posture more open neutral

Research

Pulled from Rolf.org

Research has demonstrated that Rolfing® creates a more efficient use of the muscles, allows the body to conserve energy, and creates more economical and refined patterns of movement. Research also shows that Rolfing significantly reduces chronic stress and changes in the body structure. For example, a study showed that Rolfing significantly reduced the spinal curvature of subjects with lordosis (sway back); it also showed that Rolfing enhances neurological functioning.

History

 

http://www.rolf.org/about/history.htm