Rolfing is a method of structural integration accomplished by soft tissue manipulation and
movement education. Developed in the 1950s by Ida Rolf, this bodywork method has allowed people to
stand straighter, move better then ever and gain height through its focus on correcting tissue
It is no secret that physical and emotional stress leaves its mark in the body via tight muscles,
cramps, trigger points, aches and pains. Every time we have been in a stressful situation, our
body has reacted by tightening up and holding that stress in the tissues. Every physical sprain or
strain we have suffered, is still locked into muscle memory. Is there any doubt as to why we
suffer chronic pain, especially musculo-skeletal pain?
There are many hands-on pain relief methods, such as massage, trigger point therapy, reiki,
stretching, physical therapy and others. Among these is Rolfing, which specializes in soft tissue
release. Basically, by releasing the adhesions and scar tissue holding muscle, fascia and tendon
locked into spasm, the body can be corrected and free motion returned. This is accomplished by
direct deep pressure that a practitioner applies to the body of a client with their fist, fingers
Rolfing may be painful for some because of the deep pressure and tearing actions used. However,
the pain only remains while the treatment is in session. The pain is evoked by the pressure
exerted into the adhered soft tissue areas. Once the adhesions are worked out, the pain subsides
and the body is returned to normal ranges of motion and suppleness.
Since Rolfers differentiate between good posture and correct body structure, they strive to
organize the skeletal system that has been made "Crooked" through injury and stress. By correcting
the underlying structure of the body, and also removing adhesion of muscle and connective tissue,
the body can realign and hold itself properly. And with proper structure and posture comes pain
Through Rolfing sessions people can expect to improve flexibility, athletic performance, reduce
swelling and pain, increase range of motion and correct posture. All types of performance improve
and pain disappears when the muscles fire completely and rest completely. And this can only happen
when the body is correctly aligned.
You might be asking yourself how Rolfing is different than regular massage? The difference is in
the focus on the body treatment. Whereas massage improves circulation and helps relaxations and
short term stress, Rolfing focuses on re-ordering the body to prevent the pains returning. Also,
whereas massage works on muscle tissue Rolfing works on the fascia or connective tissue.
So if you suffer muscle or skeletal pain and have tried traditional massage, why not go one step
farther and give Rolfing a try. Its a deeper therapy that may be the answer you are seeking.
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- Name: Steven Hefferon, CMT PTA
- Date: 7/28/09 at 07:19
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