Rolfing® Structural Integration
Rolfing® is a holistic system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education, organizing the whole body in gravity. Rolfing® seeks to integrate alignment of the whole body, so movement is grounded in a responsive core, rather than anchored and restricted in an uneasy shell. Developed by biochemist Ida P. Rolf over 50 years ago, Rolfing® can:
- Improve posture and provide fluid, graceful movement
- Ease chronic pain or discomfort resulting from injury or repetitive motion stress
- Improve overall functioning through stress reduction and increased awareness of self as a whole being
How Does Rolfing® Work?
Rolfing® creates more efficient use of the muscles, helps reduce chronic stress, and has the ability to change the body’s structure. One theory is that the practice of Rolfing® balances the body in all directions, from head to toe, integrating layers of connective tissue. By doing so, the body is able to return to a state of balance, which helps to maximize its functions.
How Does a Rolfing® Treatment Feel?
Rolfing® is a hands-on practice that includes mild and deep myofascial structural work, soft tissue manipulation, and motion enhancement. Because Rolfing® is a holistic technique, clients may experience powerful physical, emotional and energetic effects. Movement education is an important component. Rolfing® addresses more efficient transitions while lying down, sitting, standing, walking, and performing daily activities. Clients often experience an improved sense of body awareness. Rolfing® isn’t painful, but it may cause some temporary discomfort. The hands-on treatment varies in intensity, depending on your needs. A Rolfing® therapist may apply sustained pressure in order to release “stuck” patterns. This “good” pain may lead to increased mobility, creating a deeply satisfying, healing, and transformative experience. At Alliance Integrative Medicine, our goal is to create greater ease and freedom, not to increase pain and discomfort! All of our certified Rolfing® therapists trained at The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado, the sole certifying organization for Rolfers.
Our Rolfing patients come to us from Hyde Park, Loveland, Westchester/Liberty Township, Mason and Indian Hill as well as Finneytown, Reading, Springdale, Terrace Park, Blue Ash and from all over the U.S.