A Thorough Overview Of The Rolfing Technique

A Thorough Overview Of The Rolfing Technique
February 20 10:57 2021 Print This Article

The concept of rolfing is not something new and has been around for ages. It initially gained popularity fast in the 1940s but was quickly forgotten as well. The past decade has seen the emergence and acceptance of this technique on a broader basis. The rolfing structural integration technique is often confused with deep tissue massage but quite different from the said practice. It has steadily been rising in popularity with athletes and dancers who try rolfing to eliminate scar tissue and help fix injuries, as well as office workers are increasingly booking in for RSI and back pain.

What is rolfing structural integration

In layman’s terms, rolfing is a technique that involves the manipulation of the fascia (connective tissue around your muscles) to create proper alignment and balance in the body. The procedure is named after its creator, Dr. Ida Rolf. According to the creator’s vision, the body is inherently a system of seamless networks of tissues rather than a collection of separate parts and such connective tissues surround, support, and penetrate all of the muscles, organs, bones, and nerves. The modality works on the web-like complex of connective tissues to release, realign and balance the whole body, thus potentially resolving discomfort, reducing compensations, and alleviating pain.

How is it performed

The practice is performed by experienced and certified rolfers who utilize pressure in their hands to manipulate layers in a person’s body. The experts aim to work the fascia and not the muscles hence everything they do is about the relationships throughout the body and never in one specific spot. Traditionally the technique is implemented over a series of 10 sessions but is usually modified upon the examination of the patient’s condition and requirements. Ultimately, the aim of rolfing is to carefully balance and optimize both the structure (shape) and function (movement) of the entire body.

Who can seek this therapy

Most experts suggest anyone can benefit from this technique. But there is a certain specific population that stands to gain the most out of this. Repetitive physical stress and injury experienced by professional athletes and dancers. This treatment helps to lengthen connective tissue transforming the body back into alignment due to injury but also increases efficiency and fluidity in movement. It is also useful for people who suffer from chronic body pain due to numerous reasons like aging, a musculoskeletal condition, or a work or motor vehicle accident injury.
What are the benefits
Rolfing presents a plethora of advantages to the patients. It can promote the patient’s mobility by resolving unhealthy patterns in the body’s fascial network, enhance breathing through improving thoracic mobility, and allowing each breath to spread throughout the entire body. It also leads to better posture and greater balance and overall stability. The patients experience and tend to re-learn how to feel and experience their own bodies through Rolfing and display more self-assurance, and a capability to display their inner selves more confidently.

Wrapping up

One can better understand how Rolfing could achieve such a range of benefits when you learn all these benefits have their roots in releasing soft tissue stress. Your body’s soft tissue, also known as fascia is throughout your body, and when the facial releases and re-aligns pain leaves and the body starts to perform better. The practitioners say they have also noticed a shift that may demonstrate the benefits on both mind and the body and the reason why younger clients are seeking out their services. Rolfing not just to treat injuries, but also stress. The change in the old patterns in the body results in an inevitable consequence in presenting a transformative effect on other areas of your life.

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