What are benefits of Rolfing?

The basic premise of Rolfing structural integration is that organization of the body in space is primarily impacted by its continuous relationship with gravity. Physical trauma and emotional stress tend to alter muscular and fascial connective tissue through compensatory structural adaptations. Over time these habitual adaptations become semi-permanent. Rolfing systematically approaches the displacement of this tissue and the resulting structural adaptations. This in turn allows the body’s organization to move towards a more neutral state with respect to gravity.
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When our bodies move, our brains orchestrate the movement while balancing our continued relationship with gravity. The structural adaptations that result from physical trauma and emotional stress can limit our bodies’ ability to move freely through every joint. The resulting joint limitations can further magnify the structural adaptations, as gravity continues to impact our bodies. By reducing the tissue restrictions around and through these joints, Rolfing helps to improve our bodies’ ability to accomplish daily activities.
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One of the most difficult aspects of physical change is that you are the result of every life experience you have had over the years. To alter your present self requires an approach that will address the foundations of your adaptation to date. From a structural adaptation approach, Rolfing can provide the ability to improve habitual adaptations, while also facilitating increased functionality of joint movement. With these tools at your disposal you are now better equipped to effect change in yourself.
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Rolfing is the most integrative approach to treating chronic back pain that I have experienced. I love how it balances the whole body to work in unity. I am surprised by the subtle, yet transformative changes that continue to occur long after my Ten Series. Additionally, I have greater body awareness and freedom of movement to resume activities I've always enjoyed. Thank you, Matthew, for both your skill and intuition.

A. Gibson
Holistic Health Counselor
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