What is Rolfing®?
"When a body is in pain or discomfort, whether physical or emotional, the unconscious response is to tighten and shorten in an effort to “get away” from the pain. Rolfing® focuses on lengthening and balancing the body in order for the tightened tissues to have some place to go after the release.” - Ida P. Rolf
The Rolfing Ten Series is a wholistic and process-oriented approach to healing and transformation.
Rolfing® Structural Integration combines soft tissue manipulation with movement education. Through the release of stresses and strains that have been held in our bodies for many years, the body is re-balanced, thereby experiencing a greater sense of freedom. This freedom manifests as increased vitality, emotional resilience and an overall sense of ease.
Injuries, chronic tension and poor postural habits make it more difficult to maintain an easy upright posture, causing the body to struggle against gravity's downward drag. As the body loses its architectural integrity, the result is a thickening and shortening of the connective tissue (fascia). This affects our physical and emotional wellbeing at every level: nerves and vessels get squeezed, joints lose space, and energy cannot flow.
Rolfing helps to reverse these effects by taking advantage of the plastic nature of fascia. By slowly lengthening and reshaping the fascia, patterns of strain are systematically eased, and the body's structures can shift back to where they belong. As your body finds its vertical stature by better aligning itself with gravity, it will require less effort to stand and move. The newfound space in your joints and length in your body will manifest in the quality of your presence and movement.
The Ten Series
“Rolfing does not achieve perfection; it begins a process. Its goal is to establish balance in gravity. The ten hour cycle is a first step in that direction. Rolfing is an ongoing process that continues long after the work has been completed. Bodies have a natural liking for uprightness, comfort and ease.”- Dr. Ida Rolf
The Rolfing Ten Series is a systematic process that addresses body’s fascial layers, from superficial to deep. Each session builds upon the previous one to create greater support and adaptability. The structural changes and openness created in the earlier sessions allow for integration in the later ones. The ten series is a great opportunity to learn about your patterns and habits, and gain insights about how you move through the world. As your body learns in each session to move in more natural ways, the work will slowly integrate into your daily life.
Here's a short video about what Rolfing® is, and what it can affect.
Violinist Jennifer Koh relates the importance of taking care of your body in order to avoid injury. At 2:00 she talks about the role Rolfing plays in her self care routine.