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What is Rolfing?

Jan 02, 2015 02:54PM

Why Do People Get Rolfed?

Stress of any kind shortens and tightens the body. Over time, that tightness will lock into connective tissue and diminish flexibility and cause chronic pain until it is released. People who suffer from all kinds of chronic muscular pain seek out Rolfing. Athletes and performers use Rolfing to enhance their overall balance and body awareness as part of a lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, exercise, and a holistic understanding of health.  Rolfing also offers great benefits to computer users whose posture, shoulders, arms, and wrists become uncomfortable from long hours of use.

How Does Rolfing Work

The Rolfer slowly uses his hands to release adhesions, strains, and sprains in the connective tissue, the fibrous web that binds muscles, bones, and organs together. Because the relative flexibility of connective tissues determines how easily muscles will move, Rolfers work on the connective tissue to help free the muscles.

How Is It Set Up?                            

The basic Rolfing is a series of ten sessions, each lasting about 1 hour to 1 1/4 hours long. Most people come once a week, although scheduling is flexible. When you come in for your appointment, your Rolfer will spend some time taking a medical history and talking to you about your body and what goals you have for the work. Rolfing clients wear their underwear or a bathing suit while they are getting worked on, whichever is more comfortable.

How Does Rolfing Improve Posture, Alignment or Structure?

Rolfers look at the body and ask themselves, “Is this body balanced in the gravity field?”  Rolfers realign the structure of the body so that standing is comfortable and movement is efficient. While most people concentrate on “good posture,” working to hold themselves upright, Rolfers concentrate on “good structure,” or resting comfortably in alignment with gravity.

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