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What is Rolfing® Structural Integration?

Rolfing is the name that was given to the manual therapy and educational process that was developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf in the 1950’s. It addresses posture, chronic and acute pain, and mobility, and has an unequalled ability to change a person`s posture, structure and movements.

Rolfing uses a holistic approach to improve balance, movement, expression and health.  It is the art and science of how to unwind the compensations of life; our postures, habits, occupations, accidents, sports, and all the rest. People seek Rolfing as a way to ease pain and chronic stress, and to improve performance in their professional and daily activities.

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Why Rolfing?

Rolfing is a journey into a more comfortable, healthier you. It is not a massage, and to fully get the benefits of the treatments, you are invited to be actively involved in the sessions.  The results that will stay with you for life are those that are found together as Petró helps you learn and transform your old patterns of movements and free yourself of your restrictions.   

Clients often find that the Rolfing series helps with:

  • Tendinitis, RSI and Inflammation injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • TMJ or Jaw dysfunction
  • Torticollis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Eye strain
  • Wrinkles
  • Scar Tissue
  • Flat feet
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Shin Splints
  • Hip / Knee pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Sciatica

Along with the decrease of pain symptoms, clients regularly express that they feel:

  • taller, lighter, more at ease in their body
  • improved posture
  • better balance
  • emotionally more centred and calm
  • improved range and quality of movements
  • better athletic or artistic performance
  • faster recovery time from training
  • improved consciousness to know when they are over-stressing or under-using their body
  • more energetic

Petró Kohut - Certified Rolfer

Petró has been working with manual therapy for the last 19 years.  Originally in Australia, and for the last 12 years in Mallorca. Initially qualified a Remedial Massage Therapist, his goal was to get people into relaxation, comfort and out of their chronic and acute pain issues. With time, he realized that his true passion lay is diving to the core reasons that were causing these symptoms; posture and movement habits. His passion and searching steered him to study with various teachers about manual therapy, postural and movement coordination and this eventually led him to become trained in Rolfing® - Structural Integration. Rolfing® - Structural Integration.

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Fascia

Fascia, or connective tissue, is the white substance surrounding and penetrating all muscles, bones, nerves, ligaments and it even holds all your organs in place. It has been scientifically proven to contract and hold a tonus and therefore, it is the part of us that makes our shape.  

These shapes can get “stuck”, whether by injury, or by just sitting in front of a computer and this can diminish our ability to fully use our body. Your Rolfer spreads, separates and moulds your fascia to create more evenness of tone and fluidity in your tissues, thus giving your body more balance, resilience and ease.

History of Rolfing

Dr Ida P. Rolf, a biochemist from New York, developed Rolfing Structural Integration between 1930 and 1950.  To help understand and deal with health problems of her own, spinal arthritis, and health problems within her family, she researched Osteopathy, Yoga, Chiropractics, and the teachings of Mensendieck, T.M Alexander, among many others, and began to look closely at the function of the Fascia, (link to FASCIA). Her search led her to develop a new way of rebalancing the tissues in the body to help the person find a more comfortable and healthy supporting alignment.

Rolf theorized that in case of an injury, the fascia tightens around the injured site, like a bandage, to support and protect the area. Years after the injury has healed, the fascia is often still there protecting the area, and the body has in some way learned to compensate for that tightness, often causing chronic pain.

A Rolfer is a little bit like an engineer...

...checking the structural problems that might not yet be causing pain. Author and Rolfer, Owen Marcus, compares Rolfing with the problem of cracks in the walls of a house. Marcus says: "Until the foundation is repaired, no matter how often the cracks are repaired, they will return. Your body is the same. Until the shortness and rotation in your leg is released, your neck may always be going out."