What is Rolfing?

Rolfing is a manual and movement therapy that promotes structural and functional changes by freeing the body of pain, tension, and other limitations. Rolfing aids in injury prevention and recovery, optimizes physical and mental performance, and helps improve posture and flexibility. Dr. Ida P. Rolf, an American biochemist and the founder of Rolfing, designed the system as a way to deeply manipulate and reorganize fascia (connective tissue). Dr. Rolf’s primary discovery was that these tissues in the body, which develop strain patterns, could be reformed by an intelligent use of manipulation to separate and lengthen these thickened areas in the body.

Benefits of Rolfing

Rolfing Structural Integration has the ability to dramatically alter a person’s posture and structure. Rolfing SI can potentially resolve discomfort, release tension and alleviate pain. Rolfing SI aims to restore flexibility, revitalize your energy and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body. The genius of the work rests on Dr. Rolf’s insight that the body is more at ease and functions most effectively when its structure is balanced in gravity.

Athletes, dancers, children, business professionals, and people from all walks of life have benefited from Rolfing SI. People seek Rolfing SI as a way to ease pain and chronic stress, and improve performance in their professional and daily activities. It’s estimated that more than 1 million people have received Rolfing work.

Research has demonstrated that Rolfing SI 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 SI significantly reduces chronic stress and changes in the body structure. For example, a study showed that Rolfing SI significantly reduced the spinal curvature of subjects with lordosis (sway back); it also showed that Rolfing SI enhances neurological functioning

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