about rolfing® structural integration
Rolfing is a form of manual therapy whose goal is to open, align, and balance the body primarily by working in the fascia, or connective tissue. In Rolfing our goal is to unwind the less-than-helpful patterns that have been imprinted through your lifetime. We do this because this creates deeper and longer lasting change, which ultimately transforms your body into a better self-healing mechanism.
Rolfing differs from other forms of bodywork in a few key ways. First view bodies as if they are a built like a suspension bridge on the inside (more specifically we think of bodies as biotensegrity structures). As a vastly simplified analogy, if you picture the Golden Gate bridge in your mind’s eye, the reason why you would drive over that bridge is because every single cable is doing its job. If that weren’t the case- if some were too short and others too long- you would never think of driving on it. Alas, in our bodies we often have “cables”, or lines of support in gravity, that are too short or too long, which leaves us with compensatory patterns. These compensatory patterns cause us to be prone to injury, chronic pain, poor posture, limitations to mobility or hypermobility, and a generally revved up nervous system.
Rolfing addresses this by working in the connective tissue (rather than gliding over muscle bellies) to unglue the areas that have become short, dense, and adhered, as well as to wake up the areas that have fallen asleep on the job. In short, Rolfing is very specific, strategic, and holistic in how it approaches the body.
Rolfing is a good choice for those who are dealing with chronic pain, injuries that beget other injuries and heal slowly or not at all, chronic stress, and people dealing with repetitive overuse and postural strain. Rolfing is also widely utilized to maximize peak physical performance (for athletes or performers), and simply to help people get in touch with a deeper sense of their bodies and more ease and grace.