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.