Rolfing, also known as Structural Integration, is a system of deep body manipulation and movement education. It is a sophisticated technique for lengthening, aligning and ordering the human body in the gravitational field. If you are injured or in pain, or feel limited and restricted in your body, Rolfing can restore mobility and good functioning of joints and connective tissues. It can reduce, and often eliminate, pain and movement restriction caused by whiplash accidents and work- or sports-related injuries, and can help correct disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, scoliosis, sciatica, joint dysfunction, TMJ-syndrome and repetitive stress injury.
Rolfing achieves its remarkable results through manipulation of the myofascial system, which includes both muscles and connective tissue, also called fascia. Connective tissue surrounds, penetrates and connects every part of the body, including bones, muscles and internal organs. Through a Rolfer’s refined and intelligent touch, the connective tissues are loosened and lengthened. This allows the body to re-organize and re-align, improving its relationship to the gravitational field.
Research indicates that Rolfing creates a more efficient use of the muscles, allows the body to conserve energy, and creates more refined patterns of movement. Rolfing has the ability to dramatically alter a person’s posture and structure. It can reduce chronic and/or acute pain, relieve stress, aid in the healing of injuries, and improve performance in the daily activities of children, adults and seniors. Rolfing offers a holistic approach to healing, offering perceptual insights and understanding that often reaches beyond the merely physical.