Rolfing® 10 Series of Structural Integration: Re-aligning the Body and Mind.
Rolfing, also called Rolf therapy or structural integration, is a holistic system of bodywork that uses deep manipulation of the body’s soft tissue to realign and balance the body’s myofascial structure. Rolfing improves posture, relieves chronic pain, and reduces stress.
What It Does
The purpose of Rolfing is to help improve posture and bring the body’s natural structure into proper balance and alignment. This can bring relief from general aches and pains, improve breathing, increase energy, improve self-confidence, and relieve physical and mental stress. Rolfing has also been used to treat such specific physical problems as chronic back, neck, shoulder, and joint pain, and repetitive stress injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome. Many amateur and professional athletes, including Olympic skaters and skiers, use Rolfing to keep in top condition, to prevent injuries, and to more quickly recover from injuries.
Sessions and Goals
Basic Rolfing treatment consists of 10 sessions, each lasting 60-90 minutes and costing about $100 each. The sessions are spaced a week or longer apart. After a period of integration, specialized or advanced treatment sessions are available. A “tuneup” session is recommended every six months. In each session, the Rolfer uses his or her fingers, hands, knuckles, and elbows to rework the connective tissue over the entire body. The tissues are worked until they become pliable, allowing the muscles to lengthen and return to their normal alignment. The deep tissue manipulation improves posture and agility, and increases the body’s range of movement. Rolfers also believe that the blocked energy accumulated in the tissue from emotional tension is released through Rolfing treatment, causing the patient to feel more energetic and have a more positive frame of mind.
Rolfing Movement Integration, or RMI, is intended to help clients develop better awareness of their vertical alignment and customary movement patterns. They learn to release tension and discover better ways to use body movement effectively.
I asked a client today as we finished up session seven, “Do you feel more like your body is your ally instead of your foe?” She said, “Yes, it is no longer my enemy, I trust it, I want to take care of it”. This is my goal using Structural Integration. It is helping all the parts of the body come into alignment so the body can help, not hinder itself. When the body’s parts come together and relate with one another, the body flows effortlessly, and flawlessly through space. This feeling of freedom allows the Body, Mind, and Heart to be in the present moment instead of the past, which is a pain symptom reminder.
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