Posted on: February 27, 2015
Working with gravity, Rolfing is a massage technique that helps to reorganize and balance connective body tissue known as fascia. Fascia is a web like structure that runs uninterrupted throughout the entire body covering every bone, organ, and muscle. It essentially holds the shape of one’s body. But over time, this tissue conforms to the body’s habits and stresses causing chronic pain, unbalanced posture, and inflexibility to name a few. The Rolfing technique of massage therapy was born by Dr. Ida Rolf who studied in-depth the necessity of having one’s body in proper alignment and balance and how gravity plays into our body’s well-being. Years of stress get compounded on the body by the pulling effect of gravity over the course of one’s life, and this causes conditions such as shoulder stooping, neck tension, and overall bodily discomfort. In Rolfing, a massage therapist literally works to restructure the fascia back to balance and natural alignment. The benefits of Rolfing are numerous, but one of the most noted and distinguishable advantages to this technique of body balancing is the long lasting result. Though some Rolfing can be painful, many practices have introduced a relaxation method to Rolfing that involves becoming more in touch with one’s body and can include aromatherapy, awareness practice, and meditation. Physically, individuals will notice an improvement in posture, increased agility and flexibility, and a significant reduction in bodily pains including headaches. Patients recount testimonials of gaining their lives back with Rolfing when no other treatments, such as surgeries, deep massage, acupuncture, or chiropractic adjustments, would help. But Rolfing works with the emotional and mental aspects of the self as well. The body is freed from entrenched patterns of tension causing participants to feel lighter, less stressed, and happier.