Rolfing is a combination of body education and physical manipulation. It can increase your sense of well-being by bringing your body into an easier alignment with gravity. Following a Rolfing session, you often experience greater range of motion, improved coordination and a sense of rejuvenation.
Although it can be beneficial to receive just one session, Rolfing is traditionally and ideally performed over a series of ten sessions. This initial series never needs to be repeated. Most people continue to receive "tune-ups" or advanced work from time to time.
I see Rolfing as working with people’s stories. The stories of how we became who we are. All of these stories have been valuable parts of our journeys, but some of them have left imprints on our bodies which we no longer need; a lopsided gait due to a broken leg years ago, headaches as a result of multiple falls off a bicycle, an unconscious desire to be smaller after repeated emotional abuse, the list goes on. Rolfing does not require that we know or revisit these stories, but by working to let go of the limitations left by our past, we become able to step into our present with more confidence, and comfort.
The Rolfing touch ranges from very gentle and almost indiscernible to deep manipulation of the connective tissue. It can be an intense experience but should never be painful.
Development of Rolfing
Rolfing was developed over several decades, spanning to the late 1970’s, by Dr. Ida P. Rolf. Dr. Rolf recognized the vital roles that gravity and connective tissue play in the body’s organization. Connective tissue wraps and connects all of our muscles, bones and organs. It supports the soft tissues, positions the bones, determines the direction of muscle pulls and movement and gives the body its shape. A Rolfer works to free restrictions in this connective tissue matrix while focusing on increasing the internal support, adaptability, lift and groundedness of the individual. Although Ida Rolf stopped developing Rolfing many years ago, it has continued to evolve and refine since then, which Rolfer’s keep abreast of with an abundance of continuing education possibilities.