What is Rolfing?

Rolfing® structural integration is a holistic system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that organizes the whole body in gravity. Rolfing® bodywork affects the body’s posture and structure by manipulating the connective tissue, or fascia, which is the layer of fibrous tissue that surrounds all the muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. Rolfing® is more than deep-tissue massage. Rolfing® bodywork actually works with all the layers of the body to ease strain patterns in the entire system.

Addressing pain in one area of the body often requires investigation into other areas of the body. For example, if you have neck pain, fixing the next pain without addressing the underlying cause of a misaligned pelvis or unbalanced shoulders will only cause the next pain to return. For this reason, the Ten-Series was developed. The Ten-Series is a roadmap that a Rolfer® uses to systematically approach the body’s structure. Each session builds upon the last and prepares the body for the next. The same session may look very different for different clients because of their different structure and movement patterns. As with all of Judi’s clients, each session is unique.

Rolfing® was developed by Dr. Ida Rolf. Dr. Rolf earned her PhD in Biochemistry from Columbia University in 1920. Driven to find solutions to her own health problems as well as those of her two sons, she spent many years studying and experimenting with different systems of healing and manipulation. She believed that the imbalances in a body’s structure placed demands on the body’s pervasive network of soft tissues: muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments, thereby creating compensations throughout the body. Dr. Rolf posed this fundamental question: “What conditions must be fulfilled in order for the human body-structure to be organized and integrated in gravity so that the whole person can function in the most optimal and economical way?” Her life’s work was devoted to this investigation which led to the system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that we now call Rolfing®. Since her death in 1979 at the age of 83, the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration has continued to share her work by certifying Rolfers™ and Rolf Movement® Practitioners, supporting research, and building upon her inspiration. Today, there are more than 1,550 Rolfer® and Rolf Movement® Practitioners worldwide.

idarolfI am dealing with problems in the body where there is never just one cause. I’d like you to have more reality on the circular processes that do not act in the body, but that are the body. The body process is not linear, it is circular; always, it is circular, One thing goes awry, and its effects go on and on and on and on. A body is a web, connecting everything with everything else.
Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D.

Rolfing literally releases the joints. When you talk to folks about the impact it has on them, a lot of them just stand taller. A lot is just freeing you up to live the way you’re supposed to live.”
Dr. Mehmet Oz on the Oprah Winfrey Show

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