What is Rolfing®?

“As in all matter organized into biological units, there is a pattern, an order in human bodies. Rolfers make a life study of relating bodies and their fields to the earth and its gravity field. We so organize the body that the gravity field can reinforce the body’s energy field.”
Ida P. Rolf, PhD

Ida P RolfNamed after its founder, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing® Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body.

More than fifty years ago, Dr. Rolf recognized that the body is inherently a system of seamless networks of tissues rather than a collection of separate parts. These connective tissues, called fascia, surround, support and penetrate all of the muscles, bones, nerves and organs. Rolfing® works on this web-like complex of connective tissues to release, realign, and balance the whole body. Essentially, the Rolfing® process enables the body to regain the natural integrity of its form, thus enhancing postural efficiency and freedom of movement.

In other words, Rolfing®, a system of strategic interventions in habitual body use patterns is a means to organize and integrate the moving parts into a better functioning, cohesive whole.

Rolfing® is going to be like massage or a bodywork session that doesn’t only focus on the immediate aches and pains. We need to address those as well as the underlying cause from the imbalance in the system that precipitated the wear and tear, or the pain in different areas.

The Rolfing® Ten Series

Ideally, a practitioner would work a client in a series of sessions, 10 total, to systematically cover the territory of the entire body, finding and releasing any hidden adhesions. The hallmark of Rolfing® Structural Integration is known as the Ten Series, which is modified and adjusted for each individual’s needs. The goal of the Ten Series is to systematically balance and optimize both the structure (shape) and function (movement) of the entire body over the course of ten Rolfing® sessions.

For example, lets talk about a potential first three visits.

The First Session

You can expect to get an idea of what Rolfing® feels like. You can expect that some of your concerns will be addressed. You might experience a different way of being in your body afterwards. More comfortable in your own skin, more relaxed in places you never knew were tense.

The Second Session

You should feel a release of tension in the shoulders and feel more grounded in the feet.

The Third Session

before and after Rolfing® man
before and after Rolfing®

After the third session, you should feel a sense of completeness in the Rolfing® process and understand at that point if it is benefiting you and if you want to continue. Structurally, you body should be a lot more balanced in the front to back relation/plane.

As we progress from Session One through Session Ten, each session will focus on freeing restricted or tightened muscles that are trapped in a particular region of the body. As a practitioner, I also maintain a holistic view of the client’s entire system during each session, thus ensuring the transformational process evolves in a comfortable and harmonious way. With my powerful and intuitive touch, each session builds on the results of the previous ones.

before and after Rolfing® woman
before and after Rolfing®

As Rolfing® progressively reduces structural restrictions, you body becomes aligned and you may notice you can move with a new sense of ease. After completing you basic Rolfing® Ten Series, periodic tune-up sessions can refresh this feeling of integration and remind your body of its most efficient balance.

What are the benefits?

  • Rolfing® Structural Integration has the ability to dramatically alter a person’s posture and structure.
  • Rolfing® can potentially resolve discomfort, release tension, and alleviate pain.
  • Rolfing® aims to restore flexibility, revitalize your energy, and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body.

Who can benefit?

Athletes, dancers, children, business professionals, and people from all walks of life have benefited from Rolfing®. People seek Rolfing® as a way to ease pain and chronic stress, and improve performance in their professional and daily activities. It’s estimated that more than 1 million people have benefited from Rolfing work.

Rolfing® Structural Integration: Balancing the Body