Rolfing® Structural Integration’s (SI) main aim is to improve structure, posture, and movement and is based on the key elements of Dr Ida Rolf’s work on Structural Integration. Rolfing incorporates these elements and the study of new scientific research within the fields of fascia, functional anatomy and movement education.
Frequently asked questions
What is Rolfing®?
Rolfing is a system of deep-tissue bodywork that brings the body into a new alignment and better balance, greater flexibility and improved physical abilities. Rolfing works in a series of 10 sessions to release the fibrous and thickened connective tissue (myofascial system) that influences alignment of the skeletal structure. By releasing the deep soft-tissue of the body,
Who can benefit from Rolfing®?
Everyone can benefit from Rolfing. The continuing pull of gravity, the stress of daily activities and physical injuries can pull the body out of alignment. The fascia gradually shortens, tightens and adjusts to accommodate the misalignment.When restricted fascia is released and lengthened the body can return to its structurally optimal position.
What are the benefits of Rolfing®?
The most common benefits of Rolfing®:
• aligns, lengthens & integrates the body
• betters posture and dissolves bad posture patterns
• alleviates tension and chronic muscular pains
• improves the range of motion in joints
• improves circulation and breathing
• magnifies consciousness of the body
• brings greater vitality to the individual
• evokes more efficient and gracious movements
• stimulates emotional growth
What is the “Ten series” in Rolfing®?
In sessions 1 thru 3 the Rolfer primarily works on the superficial fascia layers, increasing elasticity in the chest, freeing up breathing, a healthier orientation of the pelvis, rib-cage, and shoulder girdle, and a better organization of feet and legs.
In sessions 4 to 7 Rolfers work on deeper fascia layers and the body’s organization around a vertical axis “the line”.
In sessions 8 to 10 the body is aligned as a whole to improve balance and become more flexible. Problems that have not yet been completely solved are targeted in these sessions. Specific attention is payed to the joint work between Rolfer and client regarding body awareness and the way the client moves to ensure that changes last.
What can you expect during the sessions?
Rolfing is a holistic process and each session is tailored to each client.
Changing old postural habits often initiates further changes in life.
One Rolfing session takes about 75 minutes to 90 minutes.
At the beginning of each session I will do a body reading to analyze your posture and in this way I get an impression of your body´s structure.
During the session you will lie on a massage table.
I use the hands to apply sensitive and precise pressure to specific areas of your body. These areas are released so that the body can be more balanced/aligned.
This process is supported by bringing your attention and breathing into the area where I will be working, as well as through guided movements.
I can also work on your body while seated or standing.
Each session builds on the progress made in the previous session and is adapted to your individual (body) structure. To keep record of the sessions results I am taking pictures before the 1st and after the 7th session (optional).
What is fascia?
More than fifty years ago, Dr. Ida Rolf recognized in the human body a system – a seamless network of tissues vs. a collection of separate parts. Connective tissues, called fascia, that surround, support and penetrate all of the muscles, bones, nerves and organs.
Fascia both unites the structure of our inner form and divides it into individual functioning units. Fascia is constantly changing and adapting in response to demands placed on an individual’s body. It reacts to specific physical damage – to a joint for example – by producing extra material to enhance stability and support. However, it can produce more than necessary. If this happens, over time, rather than stabilizing the joint, the healing process itself can actually reduce mobility, leading to changes in body´s posture and altered patterns of movement.
Dr. Ida Rolf called fascia "the organ of form" and suggested that through deliberate, accurate and targeted movement of this tissue, change could occur and a sense of overall ease and well-being achieved. Through the Rolfing touch, the elasticity and sliding capacity of fascia can be restored and the body structure realigned to function with greater ease.
By introducing the impact of gravity on human health and well-being, Dr. Rolf broke new scientific ground; modern research increasingly supports her wisdom.