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.
Rolfers believe that the outer shape of the body and the way it moves reflects how well it is functioning. Our general goal is to bring the parts, (head, torso, pelvis, legs and feet) into a better alignment and a more supportive relationship. Dr Rolf said that “Some individuals may perceive their losing fight with gravity as a sharp pain in their back, others as the unflattering contour of their body, others as constant fatigue, yet others as an unrelenting threatening environment. Those over forty may call it old age. And yet all these signals may be pointing to a single problem so prominent in their own structure, as well as others, that it has been ignored: they are off balance, they are at war with gravity.”
Through the Rolfing process, we create a harmonious body, where the balanced tensions in the fascia support and reinforce your structure, giving it an effortless “lift”. During the process the patient notices improved balance in some parts of the body. In most cases a pleasant feeling of rightness is experienced, a new perception of the body as it always should have been. Research has shown that the process of Rolfing allows a person to have more effective and efficient use of their muscles, which aids in conserving energy, reducing chronic stress in the body, and makes postural changes in the structure.