Advanced Rolfing

What is Rolfing?

Rolfing, a brand of structural integration, offers a combination of bodywork and movement education. It manipulates the body’s connective tissue to rebalance the body and bring pain relief from chronic pain, stress, and injury. It is estimated there are 1,250 certified Rolfers worldwide.

What does Rolfing look like?
Rolfing is similar to a massage, but with a couple of key differences — the most important being that it is interactive. The method incorporates movement to stimulate nerve impulses to the brain while breaking up adhesions. It is usually performed while wearing running shorts and a jogging bra and includes some movement analysis. It is common to work on the massage table for a while and then have the client stand or walk to observe and recognize the changes.

Designed to systematically balance the body in a progressive ten-session series, the results of each session are cumulative and each builds upon the previous. Optimum results are achieved by individually tailoring the client’s specific needs. It is not required to complete the whole program; some people start with three or four sessions to ensure it is right for them.

What are Rolfing’s benefits?
Standing taller, sitting more upright, holding the head higher and keeping the chest more open are some of the benefits. Bicyclists will notice the ability to breathe more deeply as their rib cage is able to expand with more ease and overall athletic performance will be improved, as muscles are able to perform their jobs more efficiently. Rolfing also increases ones own body awareness, making it easier to identify which areas are not moving as well as they could, and where power is not transmitting equally during pedal strokes. The benefits and results are long lasting.

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