How Rolfing works: The goal of Rolfing Structural Integration is to systematically balance and optimize both the structure (shape) and function (movement) of the entire body over the course of ten Rolfing sessions. Each session focuses on freeing restrictions or holdings trapped in a particular region of the body. I as a Rolfer maintain a holistic view of my client’s entire system during each session, thus ensuring the transformational process evolves in a comfortable and harmonious way. The name “Rolfing” derives from Dr. Ida Rolf, who developed Rolfing Structural Integration in the 1940´s in the U.S.A. She discovered that the body is much more a system of seamless networks of tissues than a collection of separate parts. These connective tissues surround and support all muscles, bones, nerves and organs.
Rolfing works on this web-like complex of connective tissues to release, realign and balance the whole body. Essentially, the Rolfing process enables the body to regain the lost integrity of its form, thus enhancing postural efficiency and the beauty and freedom of movement. Realign and balance the body ! Each human being in its body has to deal with gravity its whole life. It needs it, each cell orients itself in growth and inner balance at gravity. On the other hand energetic trauma like accidents or psychological stress are sometimes stored away in a body and its cells. The body tries to react on that strain with a posture that tries to get around the traumatized part of the body, thus ensuring that we can go on living despite the trauma. All those incidents bring the body out of alignment, out of the inner balance each body has the potential to. But once the bodies structure is out of alignment then the force and pressure of gravity worsens the imbalance. Gravity then has a negative influence on the body, which leads to chronic tension, tiredness, headaches or backpain or other health problems. Rolfing helps you to get out of that trap! Find inner balance again! The work and dedication of a rolfer helps the different muscles, tendons, nerves and organs of your body to find unity again. A unity that uses gravity as an elastic power rather than working against it. The process of healing yourself starts. All functions like breathing or the tonus of your musculature and nervous system can come to normal function again. Discover new patterns of movement! To align the body with gravity then goes beyond the mere absence of pain and tensions. Aligning the body helps you to discover your individual patterns of movement and coordination. In Space and towards the ground. Most of our times we have been unconscious of our movements, how we walk, sit, breath, even how we grasp or grab a glas filled with water. We just learned it from our parents and our early surroundings.
Rolfing eases internal conflicts between different muscles or psychological preferences. Your Rolfer supports you in finding new, more healthy patterns of movement and improves your internal awareness of your body and external awareness of the space around you. And helps you to bring all this freedom and creativity into your life!