| Who Benefits from Rolfing?
You can benefit from Rolfing if you suffer from muscle tension, emotional stress, backache, headache, stiff neck, TMJ dysfunction, frozen shoulders, insomnia, whiplash, repetitive strain injury, computer-related stress, bad posture, limited flexibility, and much, much more.
Who gets Rolfed?
Everyone can be Rolfed. Hikers and bikers, surfers and golfers, runners, construction workers, computer and office workers, retirees, anyone with aches or chronic pain. Even people who have been in a car accident or have had a surgery can often benefit.
How Does Rolfing Feel?
Sensations in the area being worked may range from pleasurable warmth to momentary discomfort. At times there may be little sensation at all. How you will feel during Rolfing depends on several factors such as injuries to the area or tension caused by chronic stress.
After Rolfing, people report feeling lighter and better-balanced. Movement feels easier, as if the joints have been lubricated. Feelings of well-being reflect the body’s higher energy level.
Chronic discomforts often disappear immediately or soon after the series is completed.
How does Rolfing align the body?
To align the body segments, Rolfing systematically organizes the body’s soft, connective tissue network. This connective tissue network, known as the myofascial system, is “the organ of structure” in the body. It supports the skeleton and soft tissues, positions the bones, determines the direction of muscle pulls and of movement, and gives the body its shape.
Are there age limitations?
No, people of all ages come to Rolfing for help with neck pain, back problems, impaired mobility and other difficulties which originate with internal strains. Others seek to improve their appearance, to improve athletic performance or to enhance personal growth. People who have been Rolfed stand and move more gracefully.
Does Rolfing have any Anti-Aging benefits?
Yes, Rolfing helps you improve your posture and move more gracefully a more youthful appearance is the result. As movement becomes easier and overall functioning improves you begin to feel more youthful.
Are there psychological results from Rolfing?
While Rolfing is primarily concerned with structural changes, any change in the physical body affects the whole person. A human being is comprised of many aspects—attitudes, emotions, behavior and structure. Each is related to all the others.
Rolfing clients often report positive changes in their outlook on life and in their ability to handle emotional changes.
How long is a Rolfing session?
Sessions last from an hour. The amount of time between sessions varies and is determined on an individual basis. The average spacing between appointments is a week to two weeks.
What is the Rolfing series?
The basic Rolfing series consists of 10 sessions. A Rolfer starts by evaluating the client’s postural structure. Each Rolfing session builds upon the results of the previous one, so that the results are cumulative. The first seven sessions remove strain from specific areas of the body: the lower back, neck, knees, etc. The remaining sessions organize and align the body as a whole, resulting in better balance, enhanced freedom of movement, and higher energy level.
Do I have to do the entire series?
Rolfing is most effective as a series of sessions, usually 10, but there are exceptions to this and discussions with the individual is best to help determine how the series would work.
When clients first start the series, they may not be ready to commit to the10 sessions. In these cases, I recommend the person try the first session and, if this is a good experience, to continue on for a mini series of three sessions. The focus of the first three sessions tends to work more the extrinsic muscles (those muscles that you can touch with your hand).
Does Rolfing last?
Yes! Photographs show that the changes of the basic Rolfing series are still present many years after the series is complete. On the other hand, as bodies change, and people sometimes have injuries, accidents and stressful times, additional work may be useful.
What is the Advanced Rolfing® Series?
Following completion of the basic series of Rolfing and an integration period of six months to a year, clients often further the work they have received with a five session advanced series.
What is the Rolf® Institute?
The Rolf Institute was founded in 1971 to carry on Dr. Ida P. Rolf’s work. Its major purpose is to train Rolfers and Rolfing Movement teachers, carry on research, and provide information to the public. Only individuals trained and certified by the Rolf Institute may use the Rolfing® service mark . Visit their website at www.rolf.org
Where does the word “Rolfing” come from?
The name Rolfing came from its creator, Dr. Ida P. Rolf . She titled the work Structural Integration, and while this title has become the generic name of what Rolfers do, it did not stick early on whereas the name Rolfing did.