What is Rolfing?

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Rolfing® Structural Integration is an advanced manual therapy designed to guide the client towards a more dynamic relationship with their body. Through cultivated hands-on work and mindful movement, a process of transformation unfolds as the body begins to feel straighter, more balanced, and free of restriction.

“Where you think it is, it isn’t.” - Ida P. Rolf

Rolfing helps to uncover the connections of related strains and pains throughout the body, providing the client with more awareness, body-knowledge, and a locus of control to change how they move and feel. It is a holistic education. The work is slow and gentle, as it updates the body’s sensory and motor mapping to refine and reframe its use, and enhance its sensations.

“It’s not how deep you go, it’s how you go deep.” - IPR

A lot gets fixed when the work is paced intently, allowing the time to create more span and ease, while weaving new connections to break unhelpful habits to ensure they stay away.

Rolfing is work.
Rolfing is change.
Rolfing is connection.
Rolfing is relationship.

Rolfing is about exchanging expectation for possibility.

Rolfing aims to provide a reduction of strain for more useful energy expenditure, improved posture and flexibility, increased athletic performance, and overall well-being. This can lead to an increased sense of physical and emotional vitality, improved health, and physical appearance. Many begin to notice psychological benefits as the emotions linked to their physical imbalances begin to release.

Rolfing can provide care for those in pre and post surgery rehabilitation, expectant and postnatal mothers, children and adults with structural and movement issues such as scoliosis or cerebral palsy, those with a history of trauma or addiction, and repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and more. Rolfing has a long track record of helping those with pain and is commonly used by athletes, weekend warriors, and those with less active lifestyles.

“You can’t get beyond the body unless you free the body itself.” - IPR

So, when asking, “What is Rolfing?” the answer lies in the question; it is an open inquiry into the transformation and integration of your body.