What is Rolfing?

Rolfing Approach
Rolfing structural integration offers a combination of bodywork and movement integration. The bodywork manipulates connective tissue to rebalance the body and bring relief from chronic pain, stress, and injury. Movement integration teaches the client to recognize habitual movement patterns, and how to move with greater ease, elegance and freedom of expression. A foundation of Rolfing is that everything in the body is interrelated. This whole-body approach is reflected in the initial Rolfing series.

While it is very common for clients to seek Rolfing to address patterns of pain or discomfort, the Certified Rolfer examines how these symptoms relate to the greater alignment and movement restrictions that present themselves in the body.

Through improvements in this alignment and reduction of restrictions, clients often report long-lasting relief from their patterns of discomfort. During the course of the series, the Certified Rolfer educates the client on how to capitalize on the changes that the client is experiencing.

What to Expect
A complete initial Rolfing treatment of ten to thirteen sessions is arranged in natural segments that address related areas of the body. Individual sessions are typically 75-90 minutes long. They are scheduled at convenient intervals ranging from one week to one month. Clients wear clothes that allow the Certified Rolfer to observe the body's structure, typically underwear, bathing suit or spandex workout clothes.

During the sessions the Certified Rolfer and the client systematically address different areas, tissues and layers of the body. Using fingers, hands, and elbows, the Certified Rolfer slowly works through layers of tissue to release built up tension. Results can be dramatic.